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Power of the Question

Six Questions State Boards Should Ask about Student Mental Health

There is an acute need for increased services, education, and supports for student mental health. Here are six questions to frame state board discussions on promoting student mental health.

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The Standard

Gauging School Climate

As school buildings reopen after weeks of pandemic-induced closures, school climate will matter more than ever. State policymakers and education leaders can plan now to create safe, supportive learning environments ready for the return of students and teachers to classrooms. The articles in The Standard provide a roadmap.

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Power of the Question

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

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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Education Leaders Reports

How States Are Handling Lead in School Drinking Water

This NASBE analysis details how statewide efforts to test for lead in school drinking water vary across the country.

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Policy Update

Reengaging Students through Physical Activity

By creating an inclusive culture for physical education and physical activity, state boards can help ensure that every student learns to lead a healthy, active life.

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Press Release

NASBE Redesigns Database of State Policies Covering 200 Topics Related to School Health

A companion Child Trends analysis of the updated data shows the number of states with policies on trauma-informed care training in schools has tripled since 2017.

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Policy Update

Empowering Youth to Prevent Suicide

This NASBE analysis highlights state action examples, identifies multipronged approaches to youth suicide prevention, and discusses federal funding opportunities available to states to support peer-to-peer programming.

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Press Release

States Can Do More to Leverage Federal Funding to Support School Based Health Services

NASBE analysis finds school-based health services are a powerful, yet underused strategy to expand equitable healthcare to students.

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Policy Update

Enhancing School-Based Health Services

School-based health services (SBHS) are a powerful, yet underused strategy to expand equitable healthcare to students, according to this analysis from NASBE.

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Press Release

Education Support Professionals are an Untapped Resource for Whole-Child Support

Alexandria, Va.—Making up a third of the public education workforce, education support professionals (ESPs) frequently step up to support and mentor students. But they typically lack sufficient recognition, training, compensation, and support for carrying out these tasks, according to a new policy update from the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). ESPs include […]

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Policy Update

Education Support Professionals as Partners in Improving School Climate

State boards of education should champion education support professionals as partners in improving school climate.

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The Standard - Article

Creating State Education Systems That Value Student Cultures

State boards can set the stage for learning environments that connect and engage all students.

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Policy Update

Investing Equitably in School Facilities

With newly available federal infrastructure funding, states can direct resources toward school facilities with the most need.

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Announcement

NASBE Recruits Five States for Healthy School Facilities Network

NASBE is launching a new Healthy School Facilities (HSF) Network! We will select 5 states to participate, and each state will receive a grant of $10,000 to support staff work time and to convene in-state stakeholder meetings.

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Press Release

States Adopt Trauma-Informed Teacher Training, Few Consider Secondary Traumatic Stress

Embed trauma-informed practices in mandated teacher training can ensure that schools reduce the risks to teachers from STS, according to NASBE analysis.

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Policy Update

Building Trauma-Informed School Systems

This analysis highlights ways states can embed trauma-informed practices in mandated teacher training and ensure that schools reduce the risks to teachers from STS.

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