For Immediate Release: April 14, 2014 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, 703.740.4841, firstname.lastname@example.org
Arlington, Va. — The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has awarded stipends to six state and territorial boards of education — Delaware, the District of Columbia, Guam, Kentucky, Maine, and West Virginia — to advance state education reform work in the areas of School Leadership, Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and Deeper Learning. The grant awards will support policy efforts in these states through December 2014.
The state stipends, which total $72,000, are part of NASBE’s ongoing efforts to strengthen state boards of education in their efforts to ensure that every student is prepared for college, career, and civic success. NASBE awarded grants to states and territories whose plans cover strategies for gathering knowledge and raising awareness; creating, implementing, and evaluating policy; building boards’ leadership capacity; and strengthening partnerships and communications efforts. For the first time, NASBE encouraged states to develop “connected” plans for multiple stipends, enabling award winners to leverage increased funding for their work while promoting greater coherence across policy areas.
Delaware’s stipend work, which totals $15,000, expands on current state board pursuits in the areas of CCSS, NGSS, and School Leadership. The state’s plan focuses on educating members about policies that support college, career, and civic readiness and leadership development such as accountability, assessments, and leader evaluation and preparation, and the connections between them. Going forward, members will devise a framework for evaluating and revising these policies.
The District of Columbia will receive $11,500 in state stipends for its work in CCSS, NGSS, and Deeper Learning. D.C. will use its grant to build support within the district for CCSS, NGSS, and Deeper Learning issues, as well as build capacity to support policy implementation, evaluation, and reporting methods.
Guam decided to focus its stipend work on one policy area: CCSS. It has been awarded $3,500 to enhance Common Core implementation through targeted communications strategies. Guam’s plan focuses on creating a robust pool of online resources for its board members to draw on when communicating about CCSS. They will use various survey methods to collect feedback, gauge the effectiveness of their efforts, and help identify additional areas of focus.
Kentucky’s stipend award totals $11,500 to explore new and innovative approaches to assessment across Deeper Learning, NGSS, and college and career readiness standards such as the Common Core. The board’s efforts will inform implementation and lay the groundwork for future communications strategies and messaging around 21st century assessments.
Maine has been awarded stipends totaling $15,000 for work in CCSS, Deeper Learning, and School Leadership. Maine used its grant to leverage an additional $16,000 in matching funds to partner with state leadership organizations to expand its principal mentorship program to include better awareness of CCSS and Deeper Learning implementation. The program will strengthen both principal pre-service and in-service professional development opportunities.
West Virginia’s stipend award totals $15,500 for work in Deeper Learning, NGSS, and School Leadership. The state will use its funds to explore the policy development, evaluation, and implementation issues and challenges associated with competency-based education, the preparation of 21st century school leaders, and NGSS. These professional learning opportunities, in turn, will help inform and shape future policy directions for college, career, and civic readiness in West Virginia.
“Through the essential decisions they will make on these issues in the coming years, state boards of education will remain vital to advancing important education reform efforts in their states,” says NASBE Executive Director Kristen Amundson. “These stipends will not only help our members in Delaware, D.C., Guam, Kentucky, Maine, and West Virginia meet implementation challenges ahead, but what they learn through this experience will help other states advance education policies focused on college, career, and civic readiness.”
NASBE’s work in CCSS, NGSS, School Leadership, and Deeper Learning, is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Wallace Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, respectively. NASBE’s state stipend project is funded as a part of these grants. The state grants were awarded on a competitive basis. Learn more about NASBE state stipends here.
The National Association of State Boards of Education is the only national organization giving voice and adding value to the nation’s state and territorial boards of education. A nonprofit organization founded in 1958, NASBE works to strengthen state leadership in education policymaking; advocate equality of access to educational opportunity; promote excellence in educating all students; and assure responsible lay governance of education. Learn more at www.nasbe.org.