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A Handbook for Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement: A Tool to Support State Education Agencies in Planning and Implementation of ESSA is a toolkit designed to support state education agencies (SEAs) as they plan and put in place stakeholder engagement strategies and transition to implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It is intended to complement The Council of Chief State School Officer’s publication, Let’s Get this Conversation Started: Strategies, Tools, Examples and Resources to Help States Engage with Stakeholders to Develop and Implement their ESSA Plans. The toolkit is divided into four parts: (1) key decision points; (2) framework for building strategies; (3) explicit requirements in ESSA; and (4) tools, resources, and templates. The toolkit includes links throughout the different sections to a host of resources related to implementing ESSA.

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This Jobs for the Future brief recommends seven ways for supporters of deeper learning to take advantage of the changing education policy landscape, as authority shifts from the federal government to states and local districts. The authors outline priorities to help the nation’s high schools move from a largely inequitable system to one that prepares all students for college and careers, with the full range of academic, personal, and social skills needed for life success.

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This podcast features an interview with Hillary Knudson, Deputy Chief of Staff at the Tennessee Department of Education. Knudson speaks with the ARCC's director, Dr. Caitlin Howley, about the submission process the state went through for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and lessons learned from that experience. This podcast was originally presented as a webinar on July 27, 2017. 

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Deb Sigman, co-director of the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI), presents information about Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) assessment and accountability provisions in this August 2016 webinar.

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This Ask the College & Career Readiness & Success Center brief describes how states can develop and implement their own definitions of a well-rounded education focused on improving college and career readiness.

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The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) curated this collection of resources that support states, districts, and schools in communicating with stakeholders around education reform. While these resources were not specifically created to address the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the resources here provide suggestions and tools to facilitate stakeholder communication.