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Renée Rybak Lang


Renée Rybak Lang oversees all of NASBE’s communications efforts. Lang has worked in education policy for nearly 20 years and brings a wealth of strategic communications, online, and social media expertise to NASBE.

Previously, Lang was communications manager of Education Sector, where she developed strategies to reach policymakers and other key audiences and established the think tank’s award-winning social media and web presence. She also served as special projects coordinator for the 21st Century Schools Project at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) and was an aide in the New York State Senate.

Lang is also a passionate advocate for the most common birth defect, CHD, and congenital heart disease. She is a founding board member of Conquering CHD Virginia, a nonprofit that improves the lives of those with CHD and their families through direct support, education, and advocacy. She continues to actively volunteer for the organization and serves on Inova Children’s Hospital’s cardiac parent advisory committee.

Born and raised in western New York, Lang is a graduate of Binghamton University in Binghamton, N.Y., where she studied political science. She is also mom to two precocious girls.


Latest Contributions

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We the Media: Changing the Narrative

By Renée Rybak Lang

State boards can use their forums to show how rewarding and impactful teaching can be.



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We The Media: Reshaping Family Engagement

By Renée Rybak Lang

Parents need—and want—access to multiple measures of achievement.



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We the Media: What Matters Most to Parents

By Renée Rybak Lang

State boards can help parents play an active role in accelerating their children’s learning and development with evidence-based, accessible resources.




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We the Media: Laying Down a Baseline on School Health Policies

By Renée Rybak Lang

States have been making important strides toward ensuring that schools are safe, more supportive learning environments.



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We the Media: Family Engagement during the Pandemic

By Renée Rybak Lang

State boards should seize every opportunity to help schools strengthen bonds with families.