The Whole Child Policy study group deepens state board of education content expertise and public leadership in whole child policymaking in the wake of COVID-19. The pandemic has shined an even brighter light on longstanding inequities and presented an opportunity to improve the many systems, policies, and practices contributing to student success. State boards play a vital role in ensuring this education ecosystem is based on sound research, collaborative partnership, and equity so that students of all backgrounds and circumstances are prepared to succeed in school, work, and life. Launching this study group is one of the many actions NASBE is taking to support state boards in this critical work.
The study group is being convened in partnership with the Learning Policy Institute and runs June 2020 through April 2021.
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
NASBE is proud to have a strong, diverse cadre of state board leaders participating in the study group. Members of the study group include the following: Candice Fifer (Delaware), Christine Benson (Illinois), Claire Batt (Kentucky), Darren Fleischer (District of Columbia), Deanna Townsend-Smith (North Carolina), Elaine Bobrove (New Jersey), Erin Benham (Connecticut), J. Wendell Hall (North Carolina), Janice Mak (Arizona), Jeffrey Van Hulten (Utah), Jenna Ahner (Delaware), Jo Allison Slone (Kentucky), Kathy Busch (Kansas), Lisa Fricke (Nebraska), Lu Young (Kentucky), Max Mickelson (Wyoming), Michael Phillips (Maryland), Nedd Johnson (New Jersey), Pamela L. Davis-Vaught (Virginia), Patricia Rucker (California), and Steve Durham (Colorado).
Study group members will attend five 90-minute virtual meetings in July, September, November, February, and April. Topical prereading and reflection will be distributed to group members at least two weeks prior to each session. Examples of participant leadership in whole child policymaking will be gathered over the course of the project to be highlighted in NASBE publications and national conversations.
Contact Megan Blanco, NASBE’s director of safe and healthy schools, with questions about this project.