CCSSO Releases Statement on National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development Report

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Washington, D.C. (January 15, 2018) –– The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Executive Director Carissa Moffat Miller released the following statement today in support of the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD) culminating report and recommendations, From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope:

“State chiefs recognize that to be successful, students must have safe, supportive learning environments that focus on social, emotional, and academic development. CCSSO commends the Aspen Institute and the National Commission for its commitment to this vital issue and its comprehensive report and recommendations for schools and communities.

“The National Commission’s report aligns with CCSSO’s commitment to advancing equity for every child, and specifically to our dedication to improve conditions for learning with a focus on school culture, climate, and social-emotional development. CCSSO stands ready to join efforts with the National Commission to ensure equity for all students.”

In November, CCSSO Board President and Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera outlined his presidential platform focused on supporting state leaders in achieving educational equity for all students through an increased focus on improving conditions for learning by addressing the unique mental health, physical, social-emotional, and academic needs of all students, especially students of color, students in poverty, students with disabilities, and other students who have been historically underserved by the education system. This includes partnerships with community organizations and others that can work with schools to meet the needs of the whole child, so they can be successful in college, career, and life.

To read more about CCSSO’s Leading for Equity report, visit



The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.


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