NASBE's Welburn Named Chair of Learning First Alliance


The Learning First Alliance, a partnership between several national education associations, has named Brenda Welburn its 2008/2009 chair. Welburn is the executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education.

"The Learning First Alliance has made great strides in its work to strengthen public schools for every child," Welburn said in a statement released Wednesday. "In the coming year, we will work together to advance an inspiring vision of what schools can and should be in the 21st century. Americans are looking for innovative and practical solutions to our biggest educational challenges. 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."

LFA is organized to promote innovation in public schools and includes 18 education associations with a total membership of more than 10 million, according to LFA.

Partner organizations in the Learning First Alliance 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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