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ESSA

How States Are Ensuring That Every Student Succeeds (ESSA)

Every state and school district will be required to implement the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA,  beginning in federal FY 2018.  This law has opportunities for states to set their own accountability standards… Read More


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Teacher Health and Wellness

Fostering Student Achievement by Supporting Teachers’ Mental and Physical Well-being

On June 14, 2017, Committee for Children and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) held a congressional briefing on “Teacher Health and Wellness: Fostering Student Achievement by Supporting Teachers’ Mental and… Read More


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The Bully Pulpit

Introduction

Fifteen years ago, few states had explicit legislation aimed to reduce bullying. Today every state in the country has adopted policies to minimize bullying. Overall, 28 percent of students reported being victim… Read More


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Harvard’s Global Education Innovation Initiative Conference Recap

As leader of Committee for Children, a global nonprofit that strives to help the world’s children develop vital social-emotional skills through our evidence-based social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum (the Second Step program), I was excited to be invited to Harvard’s Global Education Innovation Initiative Conference (GEII this past May.… Read More


Annual Advocacy Day – A Success!

On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Committee for Children held their annual Advocacy Day. In spite of snow, sleet, and rain (no flooding or pestilence, thankfully), CFC took a hearty crowd of 20 people to meet with 34 legislators and/or their staff. We were very lucky to have a number of young people go with us this year as well; they are always the stars of the show!… Read More


Two Policy Approaches Your State Can Take

On January 26, 2017, Committee for Children will partner with Representative Tana Senn to bring social-emotional learning (SEL) to the halls of the Washington State Legislature. Using Committee for Children’s Second Step curriculum, an experienced Washington teacher will deliver a demonstration lesson to members of the legislature to show the dramatic impact SEL could have on the lives of Washington’s children.… Read More


SEL Builds a Stronger Workforce

On September 14 Committee for Children and CASEL co-sponsored a Congressional briefing, The Importance of Employability Skills: How and Why Educators Should Teach These Skills. The briefing was supported by the Career and Technical Education Caucus and attended by over 60 people including three members of Congress—Rep. Tim Ryan, D-OH, Rep. Susan Davis, D-CA and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI, co-chair of the Caucus.… Read More


Everything You Need to Know About ESSA: Part 1 of 3

The bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces the outdated No Child Left Behind Act, includes flexible funding that can be used for SEL and prevention programs. However, the flexibility given to each state could put some programs at risk. This first blog post in a series of three explains key provisions in the bill and how it impacts our work.

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