In addition to the stakeholder engagement guide that CCSSO developed, our Communications Team put together a few examples of how states are beginning to engage stakeholders.
Several states already have begun to gather stakeholder input on the new Every Student Succeeds Act. Alabama's Governor announced he is establishing a state implementation committee for ESSA, Minnesota is hosting meetings throughout April and May by topic area, Ohio released a call to stakeholders to begin offering ideas or input on the state's implementation of ESSA, North Carolina announced a series of public comment sessions to gather input, and Colorado officials will hit the road in May for an ESSA listening tour.
To further assist states in their planning, we are sharing more in-depth information from two states:
• The Oregon Department of Education is inviting parents, teachers, students and all key stakeholders to help them "Reimagine Education in Oregon" through a series of community forums. The forums are designed to gather input on the state's implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. They include a brief presentation and small group discussions facilitated by guiding questions. Learn more about Oregon's community forums on its ESSA webpage under the Community Forums section. There, you will find flyers, a template agenda and schedule of events. In addition, click here for a copy of the PowerPoint presentation Oregon uses in these community forums. If you have questions, please reach out to Interim Communications Director Amy Wojcicki at email@example.com.
• The Kentucky Department of Education is hosting a series of Education Town Hall Meetings across the state, saying "It is important that this new system be designed as part of a collaborative process with the input of all shareholders." Click here to see the full presentation Kentucky uses during these town hall meetings. In these meetings, Kentucky uses a set of guiding questions to facilitate feedback from the audience. The questions are available in the PowerPoint presentation and on the state's ESSA website. The department also has created a central email address for individuals to submit feedback outside the town hall meetings, and they are posting all received comments online. If you have questions, please reach out to Communications Director Rebecca Blessing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your state is working on its stakeholder engagement strategy and would like to share additional resources with other states, please let Olympia Meola, Olympia.Meola@ccsso.org, know!