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February 2020Volume 25, No. 1

Kansas State Board Confronts Youth Vaping

The usage of vaping products among middle school students has increased at alarming rates. Federal and state policymakers are addressing this crisis, including in Kansas, where the state board of education acted quickly to engage stakeholders on curbing youth vaping.

June 2019Volume 24, No. 2

Michigan Narrows Licensure Bands to Improve Early Learning

Michigan jettisoned its broad elementary teaching licenses in favor of preK-3 and 3-6 licenses that will better equip new teachers with developmentally appropriate knowledge and skills.


June 2019Volume 24, No. 3

Utah Banks on Statewide Approach to Adopting Education Technology

The Utah State Board of Education helped its school districts ensure that teachers and leaders have the capacity and skills to deliver digital learning in the classroom.


January 2019Volume 24, no. 1

School Leaders' Role in Empowering Teachers through SEL

To implement SEL well, states like California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington are empowering school leaders and educators through "adult SEL" initiatives.


October 2018Volume 23, No. 1

Preparing Diverse, Effective Teachers through Residencies and Induction

Many states are expanding teacher residency and induction programs. 


July 2018Volume 23, No. 1

Focusing on Gaps in Access to Arts Education

How California, Kentucky, and New Jersey worked to identify gaps in access to arts instruction by expanding their collection of data on arts access.


July 2018Volume 23, No.2

Improving STEM Learning through Collaboration

Four state boards are improving STEM learning through revised standards, special diplomas, and promotion of partnerships.


October 2016Volume 21, No. 3

Kansas Loops Stakeholders In on Conversation about K-12 Policy

Kansas made stakeholder engagement central to its ESSA plan and strategic planning, with lessons for other states.


September 2016Volume 21, No. 2

Preparing Computer Science Teachers in Maryland and Arkansas

Maryland and Arkansas are creating pathways to better prepare computer science teachers.