ESSA Needs Assessments

June 6, 2018

2-3 PM CST

Supporting Student Health through ESSA Needs Assessments

Needs assessments are required by a number of programs within the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), including school improvement efforts. Integrating health and wellness questions into these needs assessments is an excellent opportunity to inform decision making and ensure the critical connection between learning and health is addressed within the ESSA framework.

Join Healthy Schools Campaign and Alliance for a Healthier Generation for this important webinar to learn about the ESSA needs assessment requirements and how you can work with states and school districts to include health and wellness in this work. This webinar will also highlight how Tennessee is integrating health into their ESSA needs assessments to support student success.


  • Kimberly Light, Education Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of State Support
  • Lori Paisley, Executive Director of Coordinated School Health, Tennessee Department of Education
  • Alex Mays, Senior Director of National Programs, Healthy Schools Campaign


  • Nancy Katz, Director of School Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation


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