Let’s Get This Conversation Started: Strategies, Tools, Examples and Resources to Help States Engage with Stakeholder s to Develop and Implement their ESSA Plans

Council of Chief State School Officers – June 2016

The Council of Chief State School Officers’ guide for states gives stakeholders an idea of the kinds of interactions that they may have with ESSA committees and outlines the expectations that states may have of stakeholders. Educators might find the chart on p. 26 helpful; it explains which stakeholders state education agencies must consult under each program of the law. Educators may also benefit from the ESSA timeline (p. 21-22), along with the influencer and relationship maps (23-24), which may be useful in furthering advocacy efforts. The guide also contains stakeholder resources, tactical suggestions to states, and additional planning tools and worksheets.

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Learning First Alliance Principles on Stakeholder Engagement as Required in ESSA

Learning First Alliance – June 2016

The Learning First Alliance has proposed principles to guide stakeholder engagement as educators and policymakers begin collaborating to implement ESSA. These principles describe affirmative interactions between diverse stakeholders; a discussion process that includes goal-setting and development of principles aimed at defining and executing policy; sustained stakeholder participation in discussions at the decision-making, implementation, and evaluation stages; stakeholders who were convened to define the design of the consultation process and the desired outcomes; participants who represent groups or individuals who will hold their representatives accountable; a process for stakeholders to initiate or revive the engagement process; and proceedings that are transparent and open to the public.

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Get Involved in Your State’s ESSA Planning

Jodi Peterson – June 2016

The National Science Teachers Association emphasizes the opportunities science and STEM teachers have to make their voices heard during the ESSA implementation process in their respective states. NSTA encourages teachers to examine their state websites or talk to state leaders about getting involved. NSTA additionally provides links to ESSA implementation participation resources from 21 states and provides a link to a video series providing ESSA implementation. APS has also provided resources specific to physics teachers here:

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We Need an Accountability System that will Clearly Communicate How Schools are Doing – LA School Report

Tunji Adebayo – September 2016

Testifying before the California State Board of Education, Los Angeles teacher Tunji Adebayo who took special care to learn about the perspectives of his students and their parents before advocating for transparency and equity in California’s new school accountability system. Later, Adebayo shared the experience with his students, working to help them understand the importance of advocating for what they believe in. He concludes that working to shape a more equitable school system means that all parties, including educators, families, and students, must come together to engage in decision-making process.

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