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March 2020
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Thank You for Supporting Public Schools Week 2020!

The Learning First Alliance and its members, representing 10 million parents, educators and school board members, hosted the largest and most successful Public Schools Week last month. We thank you for all the tweets, events and most of all the support you give your students and local public schools each day.

Our Capitol Hill event on Feb. 26 brought together a diverse group of teachers, principals, a superintendent, counselor, community relations expert, and school board member to discuss the most urgent issues in public schools today. Our room was filled with Capitol Hill staff and advocates, and more than 6,000 people watched it on Facebook. In case you missed it, you can still watch the recording on LFA's Facebook page. Be sure to check out our #PublicSchoolProud videos and podcasts with exemplary educators.

The U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and legislatures in eight states also approved resolutions marking Public Schools Week 2020.

We heard from many school districts and educators who hosted local community events throughout the week. For instance, the Dothan City Schools district in Alabama organized a bus tour to take community members to its schools to see the wide variety of programs--from pre-K to high school career and technical skills--being offered to students. We also saw lots of legislators and governors visiting schools (including Gov. Laura Kelly of Kansas, below), lots of social media posts of celebrations honoring educators, and even a few teacher TikTok Gov. Laura Kelly with childrencontests. 

LFA also thanks the thousands of people who signed the Pledge for Public Schools and all the work they've done for the 50.8 million students in public schools. If your friends and family have not yet signed the pledge, please do so at www.publicschoolproud.org.

Mark Your Calendars: Public Schools Week 2021 to be held February 22-26, 2021

The Learning First Alliance has just announced the dates for Public Schools Week 2021. Stay tuned for more information throughout the year, and use hashtags #PublicSchoolProud and #PSW2021 to show your pride in your local public schools.

Coronavirus Resources

With school leaders watching closely the impact of the COVID-19 virus, LFA regularly updates resources from our member organizations. READ MORE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated AASA, the School Superintendents Association, as a lead communicator to schools. This checklist helps administrators plan for any type of flu pandemic.
 
Educators' Mental Health

Join LFA Executive Director Dr. Richard Long, Bushra Ul-Haq from WE Schools and Share My Lesson for an important professional learning session on mental well-being. This session will focus on how to manage school-based stress, how to identify what each individual can/shouldn’t do to manage their challenges, learning about common mental health challenges and conditions, and when and how to reach out for help.

Learn more and register.
 

2020 U.S. Census 

With the 2020 Census coming soon, be sure all your families are counted. The National Education Association is offering free posters and toolkits to publicize the Census, and the National PTA has this blog explaining the history and importance of the Census to students and families.

The American Federation of Teachers' Share My Lesson website also has dozens of lessons about the Census, its purpose, and history.
 


 
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