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The Learning First Alliance wishes you a Happy New Year! As we look to 2017 and the change in administration, we are taking a look back at our accomplishments over the past year and reflecting on our plans to build on these initiatives in coming months. We thank you for...
At the end of World War II, the United States had become the world’s leading manufacturing powerhouse, accountable for 50 percent of the world’s industrial production. Now, the U.S. produces only a fifth of the global manufacturing output. The manufacturing sector can spark an economic recovery by restoring the confidence...
If you haven’t had the opportunity to fully explore our new website yet, you might have missed our new feature: member resources. This feature allows us to organize by topic (for example, equity or education technology) the resources that the LFA member organizations—the membership associations representing the local practitioners working...
Over the past year, as part of our effort to improve learning in America’s public schools, we at the Learning First Alliance have addressed many important issues. We’ve produced resources related to Common Core (and other college- and career-ready standards) implementation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the educator pipeline...
The Learning First Alliance recently published a report on The Educator Pipeline , looking at recruitment and retention of teachers, principals and administrators. The report found that there are growing shortages of qualified school staff, and that many in the field are taking on responsibilities with inadequate preparation, are overwhelmed,...
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....