States often call upon NASBE to assist them with research or policy development on specific education issues or to help them through a process such as long-range planning, boardsmanship skills training, media training, policy audits, or the selection and evaluation of chief state school officers.
Boardsmanship skills training, one of the most popular services NASBE provides to individual boards, includes goal and priority setting, strategic planning, internal communications, managing information flow to and from the board, policy development, working with the news media, and relations with the chief and Department of Education staff. Other topics include administrative relations with the chief and relationships with interest groups, establishing coalitions, program review, and board self-evaluation. Training is tailored to the specific needs of the state board.
Project staff for the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools is available to assist education decision makers to develop new or revise existing policies and programs. They can: conduct school health policy audits; assist in drafting policies, facilitate study sessions; lead workshops; make presentations at meetings or conferences.
Many states initiate model programs through their involvement in key projects developed by NASBE and funded through external sources. States that participate in the projects benefit from technical assistance using the latest research, the development of model policies and programs, the in-depth analysis of educational issues, and the increased influence and visibility of the state board in the education community. NASBE has been able to assist as many as twenty states in procuring grants through projects and partnerships in which NASBE is involved, including leadership, early childhood, adolescent literacy, high school redesign, HIV prevention, and school nutrition. One of our newest and most exciting projects is Project PASS (Partners for All Student Success), which is an innovative drop-out prevention and intervention strategy.