February 2021
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These Educators are Making a Difference

We are inspired by the millions of educators we see every day who are persevering and guiding our students through these unpredictable and unprecedented days. As schools across the country prepare to celebrate Public Schools Week 2021, Feb. 22-26, 2021, LFA's Executive Director Richard M. Long is chatting with parents, teachers, specialists, administrators and more about what we've learned about student learning and mental health in a pandemic. 

Meet National School Counselor of the Year Olivia Carter, who explains her approach to working with students experiencing trauma; First grade teacher Rosamund Looney in New Orleans, who is forging new paths online; and Charlie Wilson, an Ohio school board member who has specific strategies to bring together parents and community members from a wide variety of backgrounds to shape the community's schools. NEA President and teacher Becky Pringle discusses the most pressing issues related to race, equity, and inclusion, and National PTA President Leslie Boggs weighs in on the impact of the pandemic on families and social-emotional learning. Stay tuned for more podcasts in coming days and weeks.

Mark Your Calendars: Public Schools Week 2021 and Panel of Exemplary Educators

Our Public Schools Week 2021 panel will be virtual this year. Tune in to LFA's YouTube channel or Facebook to watch representatives from each of LFA's member associations share their successes and ideas for public education going forward. What have we learned, and how will circumstances of the last year impact public schools going forward? Our panel will take place Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. EST.

Please download and share the Public Schools Week 2021 social media images available here and customize these and the messages to meet your school's needs. 

Teaching About The Capitol Hill Riots and New Presidential Administration

The political events and images of rioters storming the U.S. Capitol reached schools and homes across the nation and beyond. NSPRA and many other LFA member organizations have compiled resources for school leaders, communications professional, teachers, counselors, and other staff, and LFA has brought together those articles and more resources on the presidential transition and how the United States government works.


News from LFA Members

NAESP's ongoing Covid-19 surveys with principals find top priorities remain safety, attendance, funding, and learning loss.
Five reasons educators are excited about Miguel Cardona The former teacher and principal will focus on access and equity as U.S. Secretary of Education. (NEA Today)

"Aggressive Common Sense": Retiring NSPRA Executive Director Rich Bagin brings more than 30 years of experience to his discussion about school communications and how the field has evolved. 

Cybersecurity Trends: CoSN examines state and federal policies after online learning highlighted the serious and growing challenges associated with digital learning, including rising cyberattacks on school district networks (create free account to view report).
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