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Student Engagement Collaborative

The COVID-19 pandemic upended education as we knew it, disrupting the lives of students across the nation. No adult can fully understand what being a student during the pandemic has been like, which only reinforces the need for engaging students in pandemic recovery policy discussions. NASBE’s Student Engagement Collaborative, launching in August 2022, aims to help center student voice in state education policymaking and pandemic recovery with the goal of improving outcomes for all students.


About the Student Engagement Collaborative

The Student Engagement Collaborative is a community of student members on state boards of education from across the nation. Collaborative participants receive six-months of virtual cross-state collaboration opportunities, training in board processes, policy analysis and action plan development, and technical assistance to support them in designing their own action plan to address a school health issue in their state. By the end of the program, students will also present their action plan to their peers for feedback before presenting to their state board of education or other targeted audience.

The Collaborative will also help build the capacity of state leaders to engage youth in decisionmaking. Participating students will also be paired with a non-student board member on their state board who will serve as a mentor. Mentors will have the opportunity to build meaningful youth engagement on their state board of education while ensuring student members are equipped with the skills and knowledge to inform board deliberations.


Join the 2022 Student Engagement Collaborative

We are currently recruiting student board members to participate in the 2022 Student Engagement Collaborative, as well as adult board members to participate as student mentors. All appointed voting or nonvoting student members on state boards of education are eligible to participate and encouraged to apply. Board members who wish to participate as a mentor are also encouraged to apply. NASBE is committed to building an inclusive learning experience for Collaborative participants and welcomes diversity of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability.

Learn more about the application process below, or contact NASBE’s Research and Policy Associate Celina Pierrottet with additional questions. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 29, 2022.

Student Engagement Collaborative Application


This project is supported by cooperative agreement NU87PS004367-01-01 funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views or endorsement of the CDC or the Department of Health and Human Services.


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