Stakeholder engagement is a critical component of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)1. Under the law, states are required to engage specific stakeholders as they develop the consolidated state plan to submit to the U.S. Department of Education.
State and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) are currently in various stages of implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), with a majority of ESSA state plans already approved and moving forward.
As the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) begins, now is the time to reiterate your commitment and turn these new connections into long-term relationships by establishing sustainable ways to continue to listen to, inform and learn from your stakeholders.
This tool was developed to be a companion to “Let’s Get this Conversation Started” to provide an array of engagement strategies and successful state examples of stakeholder engagement around the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
SEAs committed to making the most of this engagement opportunity should first reflect on how they currently work with stakeholders. The goal of ESSA engagement should be for stakeholders to leave feeling heard, informed and aware of how they can stay involved—is that what is happening now?
This handbook is intended to support and provide helpful guidance to local education agencies (LEAs)—including school districts, county offices of education, regional education offices, and charter schools—and school leaders as they engage with stakeholders to think about how ESSA can be best lev
As states move forward on the development of their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans, incorporating the best of the feedback received from stakeholders along the way is a critical step in the process.
ESSA Stakeholder Facilitator Cheat Sheet: Summary of the Major Provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act TEMPLATE