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Joseph Hedger


Joseph (Joey) Hedger, associate editor, assists in the writing, editing, and production of NASBE’s reports and the State Education Standard. Previously, he was assistant editor at the American Correctional Association, where he edited its magazine, Corrections Today, and wrote on correctional programs and practices. Born and raised in Florida, Hedger moved to Virginia, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in English from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He also coordinated social media content for the admissions department and served as senior editor of the literary journal, Living Waters Review.


Latest Contributions

Five Questions to Ask about School Staff Wellness in the Wake of COVID-19

By Joseph Hedger

The pandemic increased educator stress and burnout. Here are five questions state board members can ask to engage their state around staff wellness.



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Five Questions State Boards Should Ask about Accelerated Learning

By David Steiner and Joseph Hedger

As states leverage American Rescue Plan funding to safely reopen schools and expand opportunities for summer learning, accelerating learning has risen to the top of their priorities. Here are five questions state boards of education can ask.



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Steady Leadership for State Education after 2020 Elections

By Abigail Potts and Joseph Hedger

This NASBE analysis outlines outcomes from major state election races in 2020 and changes in 61 state board of education seats in 12 states and territories that were on the ballot.




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States Set Criteria for Resuming In-Person Learning

By Joseph Hedger

This policy update outlines ways in which states such as Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, and Nebraska offer state guidance on reopening criteria.



States Experiment with Assessment through Innovative Pilots

By Joseph Hedger

Five states received federal waivers for regular assessments so they could pilot assessment systems in select districts or schools over five years.