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Learning First Alliance Executive Director Shares Reflections as Part of Pearson Foundation’s ‘Five Things I’ve Learned’ Project

Cheryl S. Williams joins esteemed education leaders in sharing personal and practical reflections on learning, teaching and helping others

Washington, D.C. – July 16, 2012 – Cheryl S. Williams, an education industry veteran and executive director of the Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of 16 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools, recently shared her reflections and insights as part of the Pearson Foundation’s Five Things I’ve Learned media project. Launching with 54 contributors from across education, the project chronicles personal lessons learned from these individuals’ decades of real-world experience and shares proven practice and wisdom about learning, teaching and helping others.

The Five Things I’ve Learned series extends the Pearson Foundation’s mission to share the best practices of the innovators shaping education today. By bringing their individual voices together, the Pearson Foundation hopes to better showcase these leaders and to surface the many hard-won experiences that shape effective policy and practice—both within formal and informal education.

In her contribution, Williams covers various topics including the importance of time versus money, continual learning, asking good questions and more. “Our collective knowledge is enhanced when individually we ask good questions about things we don’t know and share the information we do hold in a way that supports wise decision-making and effective action steps,” said Williams in one of her responses.

Five Things I’ve Learned will add new voices each week to the website, with the goal of extending the dialogue around what works for young people, teachers and the school systems and community organizations that support them. Cheryl S. Williams will be featured on the home page beginning on July 16th.

About The Learning First Alliance
The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of 16 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 Middle Level Education (formerly National Middle School Association), International Society for Technology in Education, Learning Forward (formerly National Staff Development Council), National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Education Association, National School Public Relations Association, National PTA, National School Boards Association and Phi Delta Kappa International. The Alliance maintains www.learningfirst.org, a website that features what’s working in public schools and districts across the country.
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