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ESSA Engagement: Conversation Starters for Educators

Use these Conversation Starters to engage others in conversation, or for public forums like school board meetings, PTA meetings, or local union meetings.
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Published: April 2020

The National Education Association’s ESSA Conversation Starters help educators talk with colleagues and others about how ESSA will impact classrooms and students. They include key points and make it easy for others to get involved.

The ESSA conversation starters focus on eight issues: 

  1. Educator Voice
  2. School Improvement
  3. School Climate
  4. Professional Development
  5. Equity
  6. Testing
  7. Teacher Evaluation
  8. Stakeholder Engagement

Educators can customize these cards and share their story when speaking in a public forum such as a school board meeting, PTA meeting, or local union meeting. The cards also contain suggestions for sharing this information through social media to engage educators and other stakeholders and ensure that each and every student has an opportunity for success.

Download the cards and start making a difference today!

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