Meaningful Local Engagement Under ESSA: A Handbook for LEA and School Leaders

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Partners for and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) are excited to share our new resource: Meaningful Local Engagement Under ESSA: A Handbook for LEA and School Leaders.

As state ESSA plans are well underway and being submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, CCSSO and Partners for—with the support of Education First, national organizations, and local leaders—have developed this Handbook to assist LEA and school leaders as they engage stakeholders to effectively implement ESSA at the local level.


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This Handbook was developed with input from several local leaders and the following contributors:

AASA: The School Superintendents Association
Alliance for Excellent Education
American Federation of Teachers
Coalition for Community Schools
Dignity in Schools Campaign, including member organizations:

Activists With A Purpose
Action Communication and Education Reform, Inc.
Citizens for a Better Greenville
Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children
Gwinnett SToPP
Nollie Jenkins Family Center
Parent Education Organizing Council
Patterson Education Fund
Racial Justice NOW!
Southern Echo
Sunflower County Parents and Students United
Student Advocacy Center of Michigan
Tunica Teens in Action
Woman of God’s Design

Education Counsel
Education First
Education Resource Strategies
Institute for Educational Leadership
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Migration Policy Institute
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
National Association of Elementary School Principals
National Association of School Psychologists
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Association of State Boards of Education
National Center for Learning Disabilities
National Conference of State Legislatures
National Education Association
National Indian Education Association
National PTA
National School Boards Association
The Ounce of Prevention Fund
Parents for Public Schools
Rural School and Community Trust


Partners for, CCSSO, and Stakeholder Engagement Resources:

Partners for and CCSSO—both separately and together—have been working at the state and national level around ESSA implementation and stakeholder engagement.

In the spring of 2016, CCSSO worked closely with other national organizations to create Let’s Get This Conversation Started and Let’s Keep this Conversation Going—comprehensive guides to help states engage stakeholders and keep them engaged.

Partners for worked with national and local groups to develop the District Guide to ESSA and Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement to support schools and districts as they participated in state-level decision-making and began their own processes to implement ESSA.