For Immediate Release: March 30, 2016

Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, 703.740.4841,

NASBE Announces 2016 Stipend Grantees to Advance Policy Work in School Leadership, Deeper Learning, and Career Readiness

Alexandria, Va. — The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has awarded $75,000 in stipends to six state and territorial boards of education Arkansas, GuamMissouri, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia—to advance policy efforts in school leadership and deeper learning to advance career readiness. These stipends are a part of NASBE’s mission to support state boards of education in their efforts to ensure every student is prepared for college, careers, and civic life. NASBE awards grants to territories and states whose plans cover strategies for gathering knowledge and raising awareness; creating, implementing, and evaluating policy; building leadership capacity; and strengthening partnerships and communication.

  • Arkansas’s $18,000 stipend supports a statewide audit and work plan around deeper learning policies. Over two years, Arkansas will work with NASBE and state partners to conduct a policy gap analysis, identifying strengths and challenges that affect student deeper learning.
  • Guam will receive a one-year stipend of $9,000 to expand efforts around curriculum alignment with deeper learning ideas. The Guam Education Board (GEB) will advance and adopt protocols and curricular tools that build on state standards and help develop students’ deeper learning skills.
  • Missouri’s $7,500 stipend will fund resources for implementing new state leadership standards. The state board is set to review and modify existing state leadership standards over one year to align with Professional Standards for Educational Leaders. Once adopted, the board will work with partners to ensure smooth transition and implementation.
  • Virginia’s $18,000 stipend will advance work around a number of deeper learning initiatives over two years.  The Virginia state board will research and develop a “Profile of the Graduate,” to define the content knowledge, workplace skills, community engagement, and career pathways students need for postsecondary success. This profile will inform policy decisions around diploma types, accountability systems, and competency-based programs, among other policies.
  • Washington’s $15,000 in stipends will support efforts to define career readiness and align policies to support it.  Over two years, Washington will examine best practices across states to develop a shared definition of what it means to be career ready, including the knowledge, skills, and dispositions all students need for success.  This definition will inform policy decisions around accountability systems and competency-based learning.
  • West Virginia has been awarded $7,500 to enhance school leadership standards in light of new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements.  The state will engage stakeholders over one year on changes brought about by ESSA and solicit feedback that will inform revisions to leadership standards. This work builds on a past NASBE stipend West Virginia received to refocus training efforts on instructional leadership.

These particular NASBE stipends are funded from grants awarded by The Wallace Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for work in school leadership and deeper learning. NASBE state stipends are awarded competitively.

The National Association of State Boards of Education represents America’s state and territorial boards of education. Our principal objectives are to strengthen state leadership in education policymaking, advocate equality of access to educational opportunity, promote excellence in the education of all students, and ensure responsible lay governance of education. Learn more at