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Do the standards matter? This year, is my 11th year as an educator, and I must say, the past 11 years have been quite tumultuous. In 11 years, I have seen technology completely transform classrooms and the job responsibilities of a teacher. I said goodbye to the Illinois State Standards...
The Every Student Succeeds Act will allow states and school districts to build individualized, “evidence-based” interventions and turnaround strategies for their lowest-performing schools. But the notion of evidence-based is complex and confusing, so the Learning First Alliance held a webinar, “Evidence-based Approaches: New Opportunities under ESSA” to help explain what...
Today is the fourth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, the mass shooting that killed 20 first graders and six staff members. There has been little news today on the Sandy Hook anniversary—aside from the wild internet conspiracies that it never took place or that President Obama was...
Career technical education is getting a lot more attention these days because of its focus on workplace competencies and business' desire for more graduates with higher-level skills. The Center for Public Education, the research arm of the National School Boards Association, recently took on the question, "What exactly does career...
When ISTE began to refresh the ISTE Standards for Teachers , we knew we wanted the standards to be a helpful framework for teachers and not just “one more thing to do.” In a changing and changeable world, the job of teachers has never been more challenging or more important....
We’ve been talking about a looming teacher shortage and recruitment and retention issues for decades. So what’s happening now and how is this different from years past? LFA has published “The Educator Shortage: Turnover, Fewer Applicants Will Impact Student Achievement” to round up some of the most pressing issues in...
Concerned about retention and recruitment of teachers, principals, and administrators, Learning First Alliance members are looking to build stronger pipelines and supports for these critical roles in student achievement. Learn more in our special report, The Educator Pipeline , about the challenges each profession faces in ensuring students have well-qualified...
The Learning First Alliance is hosting a webinar with Education Northwest and the Knowledge Alliance, "Evidence-Based Requirements in ESSA: What Do They Mean for Schools?" This live event will discuss how educators and policymakers can leverage the new, more flexible requirements that allow evidence to be considered within the context...
After much speculation about the direction of education policy in the Trump administration, the president-elect has named billionaire philanthropist and school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education. Many questions still remain about the administration’s plans and what proposals will materialize and actually be politically feasible....
The election results represent two waves of change. It isn’t simply that the government will shift its policies and emphasis under soon-to-be President Trump and a Republican Congress; there also has been a release of an ugly stream of fear, hate, and aggression. Both are hitting people in different ways....