K-12 Education

Ensuring access to a quality education to help all students reach their full potential is a top priority for Governors across the country. NGA provides information, research synthesis, policy analysis, technical assistance and resources to Governors and their staff on education topics. At the center of the K-12 Education team’s work are three core principles: equity, alignment, and evidence. The team is currently focused on supporting Governors as they transition from pandemic-disrupted learning to reimagining their state’s education systems, including on efforts aimed at closing the digital divide; addressing students’ academic recovery and wellbeing; and strengthening educator development and support systems.

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Improving Student, Family And School Staff Well-Being

NGA is working with six states and national and state partners, as well as grant support, to develop and carry out action plans focused on one or more specific state policy priorities related to students’ comprehensive development during and beyond COVID-19.


School Leadership Hot Topics

On School Leadership Hot Topics, nationally recognized education experts share their knowledge and insights on strategies and promising practices for advancing school leadership policies and priorities at the gubernatorial and state level. For additional information and resources on principals and school leaders, please visit the Wallace Foundation Knowledge Center.


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State of the States: Student and School Staff Health and Wellness

State of the States: Student and School Staff Health and Wellness

During their State of the State addresses in 2022, Governors highlighted the need for increased social, emotional, mental, and behavioral health supports for students and school staff. By Catherine Van ...
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State of the States: Academic Supports

State of the States: Academic Supports

Governors discussed the impact of interrupted instruction on K-12 students and highlighted plans for additional academic supports, including afterschool and summer learning, during their State of the State addresses. By ...
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Webinar:  Education Trends in 2022 State of the State Addresses

Webinar: Education Trends in 2022 State of the State Addresses

NGA partnered with Education Commission of the States (ECS) to produce a report summarizing Governors’ top education priorities as outlined during State of the State addresses. This webinar provides context ...
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2021-2022 CHAIRMAN’S INITIATIVE

Computer Science Education

Jobs that require computer science skills and knowledge will only continue to grow during the 21st century. Especially as more remote working opportunities arise, state leaders want to ensure that graduates have the skills they need to find high-paying jobs without leaving the state. Governors are leading the charge to identify best practices in expanding access to computer science education in K-12 schools across the country. Governor Hutchinson’s Initiative will focus on how states can expand access to computer science opportunities, including discussions on how to ensure equitable access to computer science education.


Meet Our Team

  • Seth Gerson
    Program Director
  • Catherine Van Ness
    Senior Policy Analyst
  • Katie Nichols
    Policy Coordinator

K-12 Topics

Health and Safety

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Student and Staff Well-Being

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Academic Recovery / Summer Learning and Enrichment

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Digital Literacy

In this session Montana Governor Steve Bullock and Colorado Governor Jared Polis stress the importance of reliable broadband access for all areas of their states to support education and economic ...
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A Discussion On Broadband Access And Education

During the 2016 National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Des Moines, governors joined students at Code.org’s first-ever “Hour of Code” event, where they learned about coding from students of all ...
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Governors Learn to Code at Summer Meeting


Educator Workforce

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Education Finance

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K-12, Postsecondary, Workforce Connections

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NGA K-12 Education Library

Education Topic Papers a Governor’s Dual Enrollment Framework for Success

Education Topic Papers a Governor’s Dual Enrollment Framework for Success

Summary This topic paper details how dual and concurrent enrollment programs can help states overcome workforce readiness and postsecondary access and completion challenges and how governors can strengthen these programs ...
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Governor’s Pocket Guide to Early Literacy

Governor’s Pocket Guide to Early Literacy

Summary Early literacy has been elevated by governors across the nation as an indicator of success in school and in life. The 2019 Governor’s Pocket Guide to Early Literacy underscores the ...
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Governors Education Policy Advisors Institute 2019

Governors Education Policy Advisors Institute 2019

Sept. 25 – 27, 2019, Minneapolis, MN The National Governors Association (NGA) Solutions: The Center for Best Practices Education Division (NGA Education) hosted its annual Governors’ Education Policy Advisors Institute ...
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A Bridge to Incubating Innovation:  Strengthening the Knowledge Exchange & Cross-Sector Collaboration Between Charter & District Schools

A Bridge to Incubating Innovation: Strengthening the Knowledge Exchange & Cross-Sector Collaboration Between Charter & District Schools

August 5-6, 2019 | Nashville, Tennessee Agenda | Participant List | Resources Day 1: Monday, August 5, 2019 Welcoming Remarks Introduction: Seth Gerson, Program Director, NGA Education, NGA Solutions: Center ...
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Building Success: Strategies for Effectively Advancing Your Governor’s Education Priorities

This joint webinar with EducationCounsel was designed to provide new Governors Education Policy Advisors (GEPAs) with an overview of our team and give them the opportunity to hear from experienced ...
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State Highlight: Louisiana’s Efforts to Develop and Support School Leaders

State Highlight: Louisiana’s Efforts to Develop and Support School Leaders

On Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, the Education Division hosted a webinar on school leadership, titled “State Highlight: Louisiana’s Efforts to Develop and Support School Leaders.” During this webinar the division ...
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NGA 2019 Winter Meeting

NGA 2019 Winter Meeting

Session videos from the National Governors Association Winter Meeting 2019 which took place Feb 22-25 in Washington, D.C. View Full Playlist ...
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Gubernatorial Education Policy Transition Memo

Gubernatorial Education Policy Transition Memo

Summary The gubernatorial education policy transition memo and executive summary entitled "Leveraging Transition: Ten Ways for New Governors to Advance Education Policies and Priorities from Day One" were developed in ...
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Strada Education Network Invests in Development of State Policies for Adult Learners, Disconnected Youth

Strada Education Network Invests in Development of State Policies for Adult Learners, Disconnected Youth

    $3.5 million in grants to National Governors Association, Education Commission of the States will incubate new pathways to opportunity for 32 million Americans left out of economic growth ...
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NGA and ACT Release One-Pagers Detailing Governors’ Education Agendas

NGA and ACT Release One-Pagers Detailing Governors’ Education Agendas

The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, in partnership with ACT, the nonprofit learning, measurement and navigation organization behind the ACT® test, is releasing its initial 10 one-page ...
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