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Current Projects

Blended Learning

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is leading a one-year initiative to help state board of education members nationwide better understand the concepts and policymaking associated with blended learning. The work is supported with a grant from the Jaquelin Hume Foundation.

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Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

The project on Common Core Standards – funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – focuses on helping states move past adoption to developing comprehensive policies to implement those standards.

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Deeper Learning

NASBE’s Deeper Learning Initiative provides state policymakers the essential tools to make smart decisions on ways to prepare more students for college, career, and civic success. The deeper learning principles build on a larger body of work that includes “twenty- first century skills,” “habits of mind”, “college and career readiness,” and “student-centered learning.” Deeper learning competencies encompass the ability to master academic content; think critically and solve complex problems; work collaboratively; communicate effectively; and learn how to learn. The goal of NASBE’s project is to support states as they facilitate educational experiences that deliver on both the knowledge and skills students need to succeed. This project is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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Early Childhood Education

NASBE has been working on Early Childhood Education for two decades. From the report “Right From the Start” to the most recent “Promoting Quality In PreK-Grade 3 Classrooms”, NASBE works closely with state board of education members, state education and other agencies charged with administering early childhood education programs to help states create an infrastructure to support the delivery of quality services to children and their families.

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Education Data Privacy

The project on Education Data Privacy focuses on supporting state boards of education seeking to create or implement stronger state privacy policies through publications, webinars, collaboration with other privacy and education organizations, in-state and regional meetings, and sessions at our national meetings.

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Epinephrine

With the rise in reported food allergies among students in the last 15 years, it is crucial that policymakers understand how to best prepare school personnel to deal with related health emergencies. To help with those efforts, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is launching a new initiative designed to help state boards of education as they develop student health policies regarding anaphylaxis and epinephrine access and use.

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Next Generation Science Standards

Following the final release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), state boards of education are the entities that will be charged with examining them based on their merits and the needs of their states, as well as with implementing the standards following adoption through policy, practice, and communications. With twenty-six leadership states involved in the development of the NGSS and with nearly all state boards having authority over the adoption and implementation of standards for their respective states, NASBE’s support will be critical in helping states make informed, evidence-based decisions.

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Nutrition and Physical Activity

NASBE’s Nutrition and Physical Activity work provides research-based capacity-building assistance and information to education leaders to help schools establish, maintain, and evaluate healthy school nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention environments.

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Center for Safe and Healthy Schools

NASBE’s Center for Safe and Healthy Schools is the umbrella for our Increasing Healthy Eating project and the project to Strengthen Leadership and Governance for HIV Prevention funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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School Discipline

The growing debate over school discipline has led many educators and policymakers to question the value of punishments involving out-of-school suspensions and the existence of zero-tolerance policies. To help state education leaders address these issues, NASBE is partnering with several states to examine and reform disciplinary practices.

In July 2011, the Departments of Justice and Education launched the Supportive School Discipline Initiative to mobilize government, law enforcement, academic, and community leaders across the county to address the so-called school-to-prison pipeline.  The initiative was spurred by the release of Breaking School Rules, a landmark report published by The Council of State Governments, which found among other facts, that 60 percent of middle and high school students were suspended or expelled at least once during their academic career. Findings from the 2012 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) report increased momentum toward reform as the public learned that minority and special education students face tougher disciplinary consequences than their peers.

School discipline is often overlooked as a critical component for academic success. However, state boards of education have unique opportunities to promote a safe and supportive learning environment for every student.

NASBE’s work in this area focuses on strengthening the capacity of state boards of education to ensure that all students receive equal educational opportunities by creating and overseeing the implementation of policies that improve school climate, promote effective alternatives to exclusionary discipline, and reduce the number of students referred to law enforcement and juvenile justice systems.

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School Leadership

Recognizing the importance of school leadership in education, NASBE and The Wallace Foundation are extending their partnership in the exploration of education leadership in 2012. NASBE work will continue to explore leadership through the lens of state policy.

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Summer Learning

Recognizing the importance of out-of-school time in education, NASBE and The Wallace Foundation are extending their partnership in the exploration of summer learning. The upcoming NASBE work will continue to explore summer learning through the lens of state policy.

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Current Study Groups

Career Readiness

NASBE is facilitating a year-long study group “The Second ‘C': Ensuring All Students Graduate College and Career Ready” (2015) to focus on effective programs and policies designed to ensure students graduate from high school career ready. The study group includes state board of education members from across the nation, and is chaired by Mireya Reith, a member of the Arkansas State Board of Education.

Among the issues being explored:

  • Student readiness. Data from ACT and other sources clearly indicate that today’s students do not leave high school with the skills and knowledge they need for success in college or a career. What are the gaps? How can schools help fill those gaps?
  • Funding. The best career education programs offer students opportunities for personalized learning. This is not inexpensive, and with federal funding always uncertain, states may struggle to provide a steady funding stream.
  • Recruiting and retaining strong staff members. It is a challenge to recruit and retain highly effective educators in career fields. Frequently, individuals with strong technical skills may lack the required coursework to earn a teaching certificate. What are best practices in this area? How can state policies on teacher licensure support CTE?
  • Partnerships. Some of the best career training programs are offered by industry and labor unions. How can schools take advantage of this expertise? Can states develop policies that will foster stronger partnerships?
  • Meeting diverse educational needs. How can states start to bridge the gap between “college-ready” learning and “career-ready” learning? If the goal is to have all students leave high school prepared for both college and a career, how will state policies need to be adjusted?

The study group will release a full report of their findings in October at NASBE’s annual conference. The report will provide state boards with timely research and suggest principles by which to craft policies.

To learn more about the Career Readiness Study Group, please contact Francis Eberle.

 

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School Leadership

NASBE is facilitating a year-long NASBE study group on school leadership: “Successful Leaders for Successful Schools: The Changing Role of Education Leaders.” (2015) The study group is chaired by William “Bill” White, a member of the West Virginia State Board of Education.

NASBE conducts annual study groups to provide professional development to members of state boards of education, set organizational direction and priorities, and inform the state education policymaking process on key issues. This year, NASBE is partnering with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) to facilitate the leadership study group. Previous study groups have explored rural education, 21st century learning and technology use in the classroom, strengthening the teaching profession, deeper learning, and career technical education.

Study group members will examine:

  • The best models for state-level reform in preparing and recruiting strong school leaders.
  • How best to support and retain strong leaders — from promising “grow your own” models to enhanced professional development systems.
  • Data, studies, and existing state policies that help effective principals ensure all students who graduate high school are ready for college, careers, and civic life.
  • Funding approaches that effectively support teachers and ways state policy can level the funding playing field for school administrators.
  • Strategies for encouraging and supporting a progressive “pipeline to principalship” for teachers aspiring to be school leaders.
  • How states can help principals leverage limited resources and funding to meet diverse student needs and capabilities.

At the completion of their work, the study group will  issue a comprehensive report with key insights, findings, and policy recommendations for relevant stakeholders, including members of Congress, federal officials, governors, chief state school officers, and local education policymakers.

Form more information about this study group contact Robert Hull.

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Board Development

NASBE provides a number of services aimed at building capacity for boards and developing boardsmanship among its members.

Board Development

Government Affairs

Here you will find education-related information as it becomes available from Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and the U.S. Dept. of Education.

Government Affairs

Policymaking

Here you will find resources that relate to policymaking including theories, techniques and best practices. Click below to view our policymaking materials.

Policymaking

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