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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...
Planning to take advantage of another hot (in much of the country) weekend to catch up on your reading? Check out some of the top stories that you may have missed on the Public School Insights’ blog during the 2015-2016 school year: Five Things School Leaders Do That Make a...
What is the worth of real work experiences for today's students? What was once a rite of passage in our collective coming of age stories—the summer job—has succumbed under fuller employment and other socio-economic factors which remove these opportunities for young people. With the death knell of summer jobs has...
What's next for the college- and career-ready standards movement? Learning First Alliance Executive Director Richard M. Long discussed the pertinent issues with Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in a recent chat on social medium Blab. With the worst of the Common Core political wars behind us, the...
Last month, the Supreme Court upheld the consideration of race in admissions in its Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin decision. In our contemporary policy context of expanded civil rights—and their accompanying backlash—this ruling prompts reflection on the fundamental value of cultivating a diverse community, especially in educational settings,...
The Learning First Alliance welcomes Thomas J. Gentzel, executive director of the National School Boards Association, as the new 2016-17 chair of the board of directors. The LFA board also has chosen JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, as its 2016-17 Secretary-Treasurer; and Stephanie...
It seems sacrilegious, really, but I am advocating that we do away with the K-12 grade level structure in education. Perhaps because it is how we have organized our schools since we evolved from the one room schoolhouse back in the nineteenth century, the grade level structure is taken for...
Join Learning First Alliance Executive Director Richard Long and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute's Michael Petrilli for a video chat about the recent past and near future of college and career ready standards. They will consider the state of Common Core, progress and continuing gaps in student outcomes across the...