K-12 Education

Governors are leading efforts across the country to ensure that students in their states graduate prepared to succeed in postsecondary, the workforce, and life. The NGA K-12 Education Team supports Governors in these efforts by regularly bringing together Governors’ education policy advisors to connect with and learn from each other and national and state experts in the field; providing ongoing responsive and proactive technical assistance; and through the development of resources and reports that spotlight promising practices and actionable strategies on timely topics, including addressing students’ academic needs and well-being and strengthening the educator workforce.

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Major Initiatives 

Governors’ Education Policy Advisor Convenings

The NGA K-12 Education Team plans to host a national convening of Governors’ education policy advisors in September 2024 to support gubernatorial efforts on key K-12 policies and priorities, including academic growth, student well-being and educator recruitment and retention.  The convening will also provide Governors’ education policy advisors with an opportunity to connect with their peers from across the country.  See recaps of similar meetings in May 2023 and October 2023.


Technical Assistance Resources

In addition to ongoing responsive support, the NGA K-12 Education Team is currently supporting a bipartisan mix of nine Governors’ offices (four Republican, five Democratic) through the 2023-2024 Academic Supports and Student and School Staff Well-Being Project


Timely and Ongoing Resources

NGA’s K-12 Education Team regularly produces informative briefings, podcasts, and webinars featuring subject matter experts in the field, Governors’ staff and state education leaders.  The team’s webinar series spotlights State Strategies for Addressing K-12 Student Needs from state budgets to parent, family, and community engagement and supporting students with unique needs.  The State Snapshots for Strengthening the Educator Workforce podcast series covers a range of topics related to teacher and principal recruitment and retention.

State Strategies For Addressing K-12 Student Needs

A series of conversations with subject matter experts, state education leaders, and practitioners to explore gubernatorial strategies for addressing students’ academic needs and well-being, hosted by the NGA’s Center for Best Practices K-12 Education Team.


State Snapshots For Strengthening The Educator Workforce

A series of conversations with nationally recognized experts in the education field on strategies and promising practices for strengthening educator recruitment and retention, including for advancing school leadership policies and priorities at the gubernatorial and state level, hosted by the NGA’s Center for Best Practices K-12 Education Team. For additional information, research, and resources on principals and school leaders, please visit the Wallace Foundation Knowledge Center.


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K-12 Topics

Student and Staff Well-Being

2023-2024 Academic Supports and Student and School Staff Well-Being Project

2023-2024 Academic Supports and Student and School Staff Well-Being Project

The National Governors Association’s K-12 Education Team is supporting Alabama, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wyoming to address student academic needs and student ...
Comprehensive Strategies to Address School Safety

Comprehensive Strategies to Address School Safety

This webinar showcases research related to comprehensive approaches for addressing school safety across the areas of public safety, mental and behavioral health, and education. Expert panelists offer lessons learned and ...
National Governors Association Launches Project to Support Five States to Bolster Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools

National Governors Association Launches Project to Support Five States to Bolster Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools

Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon and Wyoming to develop projects to advance student and school staff mental health and well-being Washington, DC – The National Governors Association (NGA) will ...
The National Governors Association and Education Commission of the States Host K-12 Education Summit 

The National Governors Association and Education Commission of the States Host K-12 Education Summit 

Governors’ education policy advisors convened in Phoenix, Arizona to share gubernatorial strategies in top K-12 education priority areas. Advisors learned from each other and national experts during group panels and ...

Academic Supports

A series of conversations with subject matter experts, state education leaders, and practitioners to explore gubernatorial strategies for addressing students’ academic needs and well-being, hosted by the NGA’s Center for ...
State Strategies for Addressing K-12 Student Needs

State Strategies for Addressing K-12 Student Needs

A Conversation With Andreas Schleicher of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. In this NGA webinar conversation, Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education ...
Lessons From the World’s High-Performing Education Systems

Lessons From the World’s High-Performing Education Systems

Governors’ education policy advisors convened in Phoenix, Arizona to share gubernatorial strategies in top K-12 education priority areas. Advisors learned from each other and national experts during group panels and ...
The National Governors Association and Education Commission of the States Host K-12 Education Summit 

The National Governors Association and Education Commission of the States Host K-12 Education Summit 

Governors’ advisors met in Greensboro, North Carolina to discuss current challenges and state solutions in K-12 education policy. By Seth Gerson & Catherine Van Ness The National Governors Association (NGA) ...
Governors’ Education Policy Advisors Institute 2022

Governors’ Education Policy Advisors Institute 2022

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Educator Workforce

A Conversation With Andreas Schleicher of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. In this NGA webinar conversation, Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education ...
Lessons From the World’s High-Performing Education Systems

Lessons From the World’s High-Performing Education Systems

Governors’ education policy advisors convened in Phoenix, Arizona to share gubernatorial strategies in top K-12 education priority areas. Advisors learned from each other and national experts during group panels and ...
The National Governors Association and Education Commission of the States Host K-12 Education Summit 

The National Governors Association and Education Commission of the States Host K-12 Education Summit 

A series of conversations with nationally recognized experts in the education field on strategies and promising practices for strengthening educator recruitment and retention, including for advancing school leadership policies and ...
State Snapshots For Strengthening The Educator Workforce

State Snapshots For Strengthening The Educator Workforce

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) hosted a webinar, State Partnerships Advancing School Leadership, in partnership with NGA, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and National ...
State Partnerships for Advancing School Leadership

State Partnerships for Advancing School Leadership

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NGA K-12 Education Library

Governor McKee Hosts Statewide Event to Address Chronic Absenteeism

Governor McKee Hosts Statewide Event to Address Chronic Absenteeism

The National Governors Association (NGA) joined Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee, Always Learning Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Department of Education May 11 to hold a ceremony at the ...
State Education Trends for 2024

State Education Trends for 2024

The top trends across the early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary education continuum from Governors’ 2024 state addresses. Governors across the country celebrated education achievements, introduced new education initiatives, and highlighted ...
Strategies for Supporting Effective Afterschool and Summer Learning & Enrichment Strategies

Strategies for Supporting Effective Afterschool and Summer Learning & Enrichment Strategies

This webinar showcases effective strategies and high quality models for afterschool and summer learning and enrichment programs. Governors across the country are emphasizing the importance of afterschool and summer learning ...
State Strategies for Addressing K-12 Student Needs

State Strategies for Addressing K-12 Student Needs

A series of conversations with subject matter experts, state education leaders, and practitioners to explore gubernatorial strategies for addressing students’ academic needs and well-being, hosted by the NGA’s Center for ...
Comprehensive Strategies to Address School Safety

Comprehensive Strategies to Address School Safety

This webinar showcases research related to comprehensive approaches for addressing school safety across the areas of public safety, mental and behavioral health, and education. Expert panelists offer lessons learned and ...
Discussing Youth Mental Health at the 2023 Jed Policy Summit

Discussing Youth Mental Health at the 2023 Jed Policy Summit

NGA’s Jess Kirchner and Jillian Meinhardt highlighted the importance of youth mental health at The Jed Foundation’s 2023 Jed Policy Summit. Thank you to The Jed Foundation for inviting Jess ...
Lessons From the World’s High-Performing Education Systems

Lessons From the World’s High-Performing Education Systems

A Conversation With Andreas Schleicher of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. In this NGA webinar conversation, Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education ...
2023 Governors’ Education Policy Advisors Institute: K-12 Education Highlights

2023 Governors’ Education Policy Advisors Institute: K-12 Education Highlights

NGA convened Governors’ education policy advisors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to share gubernatorial education strategies with each other and learn from national and state experts through panel conversations and small group ...
National Governors Association Launches Project to Support Five States to Bolster Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools

National Governors Association Launches Project to Support Five States to Bolster Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools

Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon and Wyoming to develop projects to advance student and school staff mental health and well-being Washington, DC – The National Governors Association (NGA) will ...