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Policy Updates

April 2018Volume 25, No. 3

Engaging Philosophy in the Quest for K-12 Deeper Learning

This NASBE policy update suggests embedding philosophy instruction in teacher preparation programs to enable teachers to model skills they want students to acquire.

March 2018Volume 25, No. 1

State Mentoring Policies Key to Supporting Novice Teachers

This policy update draws on research, state examples, and the author’s own experience to suggest ways states can better support novice teachers while combating high turnover. 

December 2017Volume 24, No. 12

State Role in Incubating School Improvement Networks

This NASBE policy update explores how statewide networked improvement communities work and how state boards of education can nurture them. 

November 2017Volume 24, No. 11

Building the Capacity of State Boards to Lead for Equity and Excellence

This NASBE policy update offers state boards a means to address these issues through structured discussions of equity, the achievement gap, and what state boards need to lead for equity and excellence.

October 2017Volume 24, No. 10

Enabling School Counselors to Focus on Postsecondary Transitions

This NASBE policy update explores the ways state boards of education can address the challenges school counselors face and better support student transitions after high school.  

July 2017Volume 24, No. 9

Policies to Support Military-Connected Students

is NASBE policy update explores the unique challenges that military-connected students face and how state boards of education can ensure the success and well-being of these students through effective policies on data sharing and training in data management.

June 2017Volume 24, No. 8

Mental Health in Education

This policy update outlines challenges to delivering such services and ways states can leverage key provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to improve students’ chances for academic success by providing mental health services.

ESSA's Fifth Indicator: A NASBE Policy Update Series

States have incorporated a variety of “fifth indicators” in their ESSA plans, including: career and technical education, school climate and student discipline, social and emotional learning, chronic absenteeism, and access to high-level course work. This policy update series explores the pros and cons of each and offers key considerations for state boards that are refining their plans for September submission.