NASBE Announces 2016 Stipend Grantees to Advance Policy Work in School Leadership, Deeper Learning, Career Readiness

April 06, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has awarded $75,000 in stipends to six state and territorial boards of education—Arkansas, Guam, Missouri, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia—to advance policy efforts in school leadership and deeper learning to advance career readiness. These stipends are a part of NASBE’s mission to support state boards of education in their efforts to ensure every student is prepared for college, careers, and civic life. NASBE awards grants to territories and states whose plans cover strategies for gathering knowledge and raising awareness; creating, implementing, and evaluating policy; building leadership capacity; and strengthening partnerships and communication.

West Virginia has been awarded $7,500 to enhance school leadership standards in light of new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements. The state will engage stakeholders over one year on changes brought about by ESSA and solicit feedback that will inform revisions to leadership standards. This work builds on a past NASBE stipend West Virginia received to refocus training efforts on instructional leadership.

These particular NASBE stipends are funded from grants awarded by The Wallace Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for work in school leadership and deeper learning. NASBE state stipends are awarded competitively.

The National Association of State Boards of Education represents America’s state and territorial boards of education. Our principal objectives are to strengthen state leadership in education policymaking, advocate equality of access to educational opportunity, promote excellence in the education of all students, and ensure responsible lay governance of education. Learn more at

For additional information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

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