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LFA’s member organizations and partners have many examples of schools that have adopted innovative practices or have taken risks that have paid off in their students’ academic achievement. As we head back to school, here are five of our favorite success stories from 2016 that we hope will give inspiration...
Rancho Minerva Middle School, located 45 miles North of San Diego, is a middle school on the move. It is a school with over 90% of its students living below the poverty line with nearly 3/4ths speaking a primary language other than English. Rancho Minerva has taken an innovative turnaround...
What did you do this summer? For many of us in education, summer is a time for reflection on the past and planning for the future. We engage in professional learning, and if we’re lucky, we expand our horizons by visiting new places. I had the great fortune to do...
Learning Forward and the Learning First Alliance are hosting Leading Schools for College and Career Readiness: A Professional Learning Framework for Principals , an interactive webinar that explores the leadership practices behind student success. Principal Niki Newman-Brown of Prince George’s County (Md.) Public Schools will show how she achieved promising...
Like the tiles in a mosaic, each interesting on its own but collectively presenting a separate image, the current state of public education in America generally does not appear as a complete picture when reading individual news stories or research studies. The challenges facing public schools are many, but together...
July always marks a special time of year for AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Some of the sharpest minds in public education have gathered in our nation’s capital for our annual legislative advocacy conference . Dozens of superintendents, the “champions for children” who are the catalysts behind the achievements taking...
Learning First Alliance Executive Director Richard M. Long chatted about the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the importance of stakeholder engagement on a recent episode of Education Talk Radio . ESSA, the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, gives a new voice to practitioners as...
There is a fast-growing trend with Phishing scams targeting school districts. Perpetrators are using social engineering tactics to trick people into giving up information. They’re researching organizational charts and reporting structures from your district’s website. This provides them with some initial information to start their scam. One of the common...
The Learning First Alliance today released, “ Working Together for Student Success: A Back-to-School Communications Toolkit ,” a resource to help educators communicate with their parents and communities. The toolkit contains advice for helping local school leaders and other educators publicize and explain their successes in implementing college- and career-ready...
Learning First Alliance Executive Director Richard M. Long will join Education Talk Radio on Thursday, July 21 to chat about the importance of involving the local stakeholders in the age of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). LFA released a paper last month that proposes principles for stakeholder engagement...