Learning First Alliance announces election of new chair

The Learning First Alliance (LFA) announced Brenda Welburn, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education, as its new chair.

'The Learning First Alliance has made great strides in its work to strengthen public schools for every child,' said Welburn. 'In the coming year, we will work together to advance an inspiring vision of what schools can and should be in the 21st century.' Welburn noted that the Alliance had launched a robust web-based effort at www.publicschoolinsights.org to communicate a fresh, 21st-century vision for public schools, with real examples of schools and districts that are already realising aspects of this vision.

'The Learning First Alliance represents the millions of people — parents, educators and policymakers — who work for public school children every day,' said LFA executive director Claus von Zastrow. 'Together, they have the insight and the power to promote innovation and excellence in every public school, and to enrich the national discussion about school improvement.” Von Zastrow observed that the Alliance had increased the size of its membership and expanded its network of state education alliances. State alliances are voluntary partnerships of state education associations that collaboration to improve public schools in their states.

'Americans are looking for innovative and practical solutions to our biggest educational challenges,' said Welburn. 'Educators and community members are already implementing such solutions in outstanding schools and districts across the country. If we do everything we can to support and promote them, these innovations will add up to an exciting future for public education.'

Welburn assumes the chair from John Wilson, executive director of the National Education Association. The position rotates among leaders of LFA member organisations.

LFA is a permanent partnership of 18 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools. Alliance members include: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of School Administrators, American Association of School Personnel Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American School Counselor Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Association of School Business Officials International, Council of Chief State School Officers, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Education Association, National Middle School Association, National School Public Relations Association, National Staff Development Council, National PTA, National School Boards Association and Phi Delta Kappa International.

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