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Janice Mak Selected for NASBE Project to Help States Ensure Supportive Learning Environments for Students

Friday , June 26 , 2020

he National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has launched a Whole Child Policy Study Group to deepen the content expertise of state board members to lead on whole child policymaking in the wake of COVID-19. This project advances NASBE’s focus on developing equitable education systems that provide safe, healthy, supportive learning environments where all students can thrive and achieve academic excellence.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a brighter light on long-existing inequities and presents an opportunity to improve the many systems, policies, and practices contributing to student success. State boards play a vital role in ensuring that this education ecosystem is based on sound research, partnership, and equity so that students of all backgrounds and circumstances are prepared to succeed in school, work, and life. The Whole Child Policy Study Group is part of NASBE’s rapid response to state needs and areas of interest in rebuilding from the pandemic. The Learning Policy Institute is supporting the project with research and policy expertise.

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).

“State boards of education play a critical role in creating a state policy ecosystem within which schools and educators are supported and empowered to meet the individual social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs of every single student in their state,” says NASBE President and CEO Robert Hull. “Long before the pandemic, state boards recognized the interconnectedness between a student’s well-being, sense of belonging, and health to that student’s ability to learn. At this time, especially when state budgets have been decimated and need for student supports are higher than ever, it is paramount that we equip state leaders with sound research to champion policies that contribute to student success.”


Excerpts were taken from the National Association of State Boards of Education press release. Read the entire press release.