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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

State Strategies to Advance Digital Equity

By Joseph Hedger

By spearheading efforts to collect data, collaborate with partners, buy digital devices and infrastructure, and reimagine effective technology use, several states have made strides toward digital equity in schools.



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Using Federal Funds to Remediate Lead

By Joseph Hedger

This NASBE analysis highlights ways state leaders can leverage the current policy climate and available federal funds to better support school districts in lead remediation so that all children have access to clean drinking water in schools.



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Michigan Adds Certificate for Birth to Kindergarten Teachers

By Joseph Hedger and Winona Hao

A detail of how the Michigan State Board of Education, working closely with the state education agency, is expanding opportunities to improve early educators’ preparation.




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.