Between now and August 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education is collecting input on the educational and technical assistance needs of states and school districts. The input the Department receives is intended to inform priorities for the next grant cycle of Regional Educational Laboratories as part of the Comprehensive Centers program; the program that provides technical assistance to state education agencies.

Who is the Department looking to collect input from? Students, parents, teachers, principals and school administrators, superintendents, school board members, state and local education agency staff, and all others who are interested in affecting the future of public education and learning opportunities in their community, state, or region.

To provide input, just go to the Regional Advisory Committee portal before August 18th and respond to the 5-question Needs Sensing Survey.

The short survey asks that you indicate your state; primary role (student, parent, teacher, etc.); highest priorities for education in your region (choice of items); top three educational needs in your region (fill-ins); and your recommendations for how the Comprehensive Assistance Centers can address the educational needs you indicated.

If your primary role category isn’t listed in Question #2, we recommend using the “Other” option to identify yourself. For example, to identify yourself as a local school board member in Question #2, use the “Other” option and write in school board member.

NSBA’s Legislative Priorities for the implementation of the new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, are available for reference as you complete your survey, in addition to a handout specifically for school board members.

More information about the Comprehensive Centers Program and the Centers’ current priorities, is available on the Department’s website.

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