About State Education Agencies
State Education Agencies (SEA) provide information, resources and technical assistance to schools and residents. Statewide afterschool networks should engage their SEA to ensure their work is contributing to the larger whole and aligns with SEA priorities.
SEAs are looking for partners outside of traditional education spaces. Statewide afterschool networks are uniquely positioned to work successfully with SEAs because they cultivate diverse partnerships from the local to statewide level and can move their partners collectively in certain directions.
Statewide afterschool networks can support SEAs in bringing their initiatives to scale because they can bridge local capacity to large system-building that SEAs are looking to achieve. SEAs want to understand how the systems operate and how to tap into the systems that networks already understand.
- With adoption by more than 40 states, the Common Core State Standards are very relevant to current SEA agendas and will be the key driver of states’ efforts to transform their education systems.
- With the Common Core becoming a constant theme in SEA agendas, STEM is an increasingly important aspect to weave into statewide afterschool network programing.
Strategies to Engage State Education Agencies
- Identify SEA goals and align statewide afterschool network goals where appropriate by adopting common language.
- SEAs are not the same in every state so it’s important to learn about the structure of your state SEA and start building relationships with the right people.