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Introductory Training on Leading for Equity and Excellence

Despite the prominent role race and cultural diversity play in our society, few safe spaces exist for policymakers and others to have open, honest dialogue about educational inequity. It is one reason why policymakers, educators, and communities continue to grapple with achievement gaps and racial disparities. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) underscores state policymakers’ […]

Leveraging ESSA’s Title II for Job-Embedded Professional Development

In partnership with the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Learning Policy Institute, and Learning Forward, NASBE is hosting “State Efforts for Building an Effective, Diverse Teacher Workforce,” a series of webinars on how states can ensure their policies help develop and support a diverse pipeline of teachers along a career continuum toward greater mastery and leadership. Ongoing, […]

How Teachers are Implementing College- and Career-Ready Standards: Lessons for State Boards

Teachers play the primary, pivotal role in translating college- and career-ready learning standards into practice. The Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL) has published a new three-state study that highlights first-hand accounts from teachers, including challenges they face in implementing standards and resources they find most helpful in addressing those challenges and helping […]

State Innovations to Ensure Equity in High School Graduation Requirements

The global economy places a premium on ensuring that high school graduates acquire the skills to succeed in college or careers. Real progress has been made over the past decade as states and districts hit new highs in graduation rates across all student groups. But despite these gains, many high school graduates, especially the most […]

Expanding Computer Science Coursework to All Students

Computer science continues to advance innovation throughout our economy and society. Yet fewer than half of U.S. schools offer any computer science courses, and only 8 percent of STEM graduates study it. Improving access to computer science coursework for all students, but especially groups who have traditionally been underrepresented, is within the grasp of state […]

Advancing State Policies to Cultivate High-Quality School Leaders

This webinar is now on-demand! Watch the whole event here. All state ESSA plans were due September 18, and many will take advantage of expanded funding opportunities in ESSA’s Title I and Title II, Part A to make broad, sustained investments in cultivating high-quality school leaders. Others can still evolve and refine school leadership policies […]

The DACA Decision: What It Means for Schools and What’s Next

The Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program leaves nearly 800,000 children of immigrants facing ambiguity about their future. On both sides of the aisle, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have urged a legislative fix to restore DACA protections so that the children of immigrants can become contributing members of […]

What States Can Learn from Early Reviews of ESSA State Plans

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have submitted their ESSA accountability plans to the U.S. Department of Education, and the remainder will do so in September. The department gave initial feedback to eight states earlier this summer, and Bellwether Education Partners – in partnership with the Collaborative for Student Success – recently released their […]