The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) conducts annual study groups to provide professional development to members of State Boards of Education, set organizational direction and priorities, and inform the state education policymaking process on key issues. As chairman of the 2010 national study group, Haden will meet with other state board members, researchers, and policy analysts to delve into areas in which educators and the military have shared goals, and examine how specific curricula and assessment programs developed by and for the military may be adapted to improve public education. Common Ground is about exploring every option available as boards explore how to best help students develop into accomplished, confident and productive high school graduates.
The 2010 study on examining the coordination between K-12 education and the military to meet the needs of the youths will explore several key issues including:
-Build a comprehensive understanding of post-secondary choices for students;
-Improving graduation rates;
-Improving the health and fitness of high school students;
-Expanded career exploration/assessment and test preparation resources for educators and students; and