By Adrienne Fischer
The Legislative Education Staff Network (LESN) convened for its fall seminar at last week’s NCSL Capitol Forum to hear from policy experts and exchange ideas ahead of the 2019 legislative session.
Members delved deeply into a variety of policy areas, including school safety, school leadership pipelines and tracking systems, federal policy implications for state workforce and career/technical education systems, school choice accountability and an implementation status update on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
LESN—a partnership between NCSL and the Education Commission of the States for more than 30 years—provides opportunities for education staff from across the country to learn from each other and receive professional development around their unique staff roles. Members include bill drafters, fiscal staff, program evaluators, policy analysts and advisers, and includes both partisan and nonpartisan staff.
Any legislative staffer who work on education policy issues is invited to join LESN. Members benefit from their colleagues’ input on policy issues, online trainings and the opportunity to attend in-person meetings such as this year’s fall seminar. If you’re looking for a stellar example of LESN membership, read this profile about Patricia Walker, recipient of the 2018 LESN Recognition Award.
To learn more about the resources provided by LESN and how to get involved, visit the LESN website or contact Adrienne Fischer.
Adrienne Fischer is a research analyst in NCSL’s Education program and liaison to the Legislative Education Staff Network (LESN).