George Lucas Educational Foundation

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • School Leadership

    Five Ways to Increase Teacher Agency in Professional Development

    We talk about student agency, but what about teacher agency?
  • 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.
  • 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

    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.
  • Teacher Leadership

    3-Step Method to Increase Teacher Voice

    How do you make sure educators have a place at the table? Learn these three steps that school and district leaders can take to ensure teacher voice is represented in decision-making.
  • Parent Partnership

    Family Engagement that Works: Parent-Teacher Home Visits

    The following home-visit model is easily replicated, adapted, and it is relatively inexpensive. And for those educators who are looking to team with families, it's a partnership with a lot of impact.

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