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Anne OBrien profile

Anne OBrien

Deputy Director of the Learning First Alliance

I joined the staff of the Learning First Alliance (LFA) in September 2007. LFA is a partnership of national education organizations representing more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools. We share examples of success, encourage collaboration at every level, and work toward the continual and long-term improvement of public education based on solid research.

I come to this work from a classroom perspective. I taught high school physical science, biology and remedial math in Reserve, Louisiana, for two years as a Teach For America corps member. I've also worked on both school- and community-based mentoring programs.

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  • School Leadership

    Making Digital Communications Accessible

    Tips for making the information schools share with students’ families more accessible for people of all abilities.
  • School Leadership

    What Do Parents Want From Schools?

    Key takeaways from four recent polls that asked parents and guardians for their thoughts on education.
  • School Leadership

    Getting Your School to Speak With One Voice

    School leaders: Promote your school’s message with a back-to-school communications plan that shares your challenges and achievements.
  • Teacher Leadership

    The Importance of Community Involvement in Schools

    Family and community involvement play essential roles in the success of schools, explains blogger Anne O'Brien.
  • Bullying Prevention

    Bullying Prevention: 5 Tips for Teachers, Principals, and Parents

    Blogger Anne O'Brien shares five valuable bully prevention tips for teachers, parents, and principals.
  • School Leadership

    When Teachers and Administrators Collaborate

    See what it looks like when a district that has a strong collaborative culture undertakes a major initiative like implementing the Common Core.
  • Teacher Development

    Why Educators Need to Promote Themselves

    Educators often have trouble acknowledging their contributions to good outcomes. Here are some tips for changing that.
  • Social Media

    Creating a Dynamic Facebook Page for Your School

    Facebook is a place where schools can take charge of their image. Check out these suggestions for building a page for your school.
  • Teacher Leadership

    What Parents Want in School Communication

    Results from a recent national survey can help schools develop better strategies for reaching out to parents.
  • School Leadership

    Five Ways to Increase Teacher Agency in Professional Development

    We talk about student agency, but what about teacher agency?
  • Education Trends

    5 Ways ESSA Impacts Standardized Testing

    One of the biggest complaints about NCLB was the test-and-punish nature of the law. Read about how ESSA could change that. 
  • College Readiness

    College and Career Readiness: Redefining Ready

    <p>The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to use multiple measures for evaluating students. Find out how a Chicago-area school district aims to help educators better determine whether a student is college and career ready.</p>
  • School Leadership

    Celebrating School Counselors

    With National School Counseling Week the first week of February, find out ways administrators, teachers, parents, and students can honor and celebrate school counselors.
  • School Leadership

    Addressing Chronic Absenteeism

    Blogger Anne O'Brien shares both nationwide data for student chronic absence and ways schools and districts can work to decrease it.
  • Back to School

    Making the Most of Back-to-School Communications

    It's important that educators consider back-to-school communications a key part of their work, taking advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to spread the word about what's happening in their school.