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Leadership Exchange for Adolescent Health Promotion

LEAHP is a learning collaborative of multi-sector, state-level leadership teams with the goal to develop state-specific action plans in support of policy assessment, development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation to address adolescent health in three priority areas: sexual health education, sexual health services, and safe and supportive environments in schools.

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Policy Update

Gauging Support for Social and Emotional Skill Building

To help state boards of education and other policymakers learn how to communicate most effectively on policies related to SEL, NASBE commissioned Edge Research to conduct a survey of community influ­encers in Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, and Washington to gauge their understanding of SEL.

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Gauging Support for Social and Emotional Skill Building, A Look at New Survey Research

Recognizing the key role social and emotional health plays in all students’ academic success, state boards of education across the country have adopted or are considering policies to support social and emotional learning (SEL) and must communicate with constituents about those policies. What is the public’s understanding of SEL? Are they supportive of embedding SEL […]

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Using Policy to Create Healthy Schools: Tools for State Policymakers

Earlier this year, NASBE launched the State Policy Database on School Health, an online library of all existing state statutory and regulatory language on student health aligned to components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. On Friday, March 29, join us for a special webinar hosted by Child Trends to learn how state policies […]

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Addressing the Health Drivers of Chronic Absence through State Policy

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to publicly display data on chronic absence statewide and on school report cards. In addition, 36 states and the District of Columbia opted to include chronic absence as a measure of school success in their ESSA accountability systems. This change positions state boards of education to delve […]

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Policy Update

Examining Chronic Absence through a Student Health Lens

To understand the drivers of chronic absence, state boards of education should examine data on student health in their state. This policy update suggests questions for state boards to ask and actions they can take to address chronic absence. 

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State Innovations

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.

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The Standard

Student Safety and Wellness

The horrific school shootings in Florida and elsewhere in 2018 sparked new rounds of questioning across the country about how to prevent such tragedies and keep students safe.

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Policy Update

Enabling School Counselors to Focus on Postsecondary Transitions

This NASBE policy update explores the ways state boards of education can address the challenges school counselors face and better support student transitions after high school.  

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