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Summary: The 21st Century School Fund (21CSF) was founded in 1994 on the premise that communities are responsible for creating healthy, safe, and educationally appropriate learning environments. 21CSF is engaged in strategies to improve education policy and practice, particularly in the planning and management of PK-12 building infrastructure. The mission of 21CSF is to build the public will and capacity to improve urban public school facilities.
Summary: The Alliance for Childhood promotes policies and practices that support children's healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living. Our public education campaigns bring to light both the promise and the vulnerability of childhood. We act for the sake of the children themselves and for a more just, democratic, and ecologically responsible future.
Summary: The Alliance for Educational Justice (AEJ) is a new national alliance of youth organizing and intergenerational groups working for educational justice. AEJ aims to bring grassroots groups together to bring about changes in federal education policy, build a national infrastructure for the education justice sector, and build the capacity of our organizations and our youth leaders to sustain and grow the progressive movement over the long haul.
Summary: The American Educational Studies Association (AESA) is an international learned society for students, teachers, research scholars, and administrators who are interested in the foundations of education. The role of AESA is to provide a cross-disciplinary forum wherein scholars gather to exchange and debate ideas regarding education generated from liberal arts disciplines such as philosophy, history, politics, sociology, anthropology, or economics as well as comparative/international and cultural studies. This cross-disciplinary commitment of the organization creates a landscape for the discussion of broader policy issues such as minority studies, gender studies, multicultural education, democracy, and issues of educational equality and equity.
Summary: The Annenberg Insitute for School Reform's vision is the transformation of traditional school systems into “smart education systems” that develop and integrate high-quality learning opportunities in all areas of students lives - at school, at home, and in the community. They conduct research, work with partners to build capacity in school districts and communities, and share their work through print and Web publications.
Summary: The Applied Research Center (ARC) is a thirty-year-old, national racial justice organization. ARC envisions a vibrant world in which people of all races create, share and enjoy resources and relationships equitably, unleashing individual potential, embracing collective responsibility and generating global prosperity. We strive to be a leading values-driven social justice enterprise where the culture and commitment created by our multi-racial and diverse staff supports individual and organizational excellence and sustainability.
ARC has 30 years of racial justice work, is the publisher of Color Lines magazine, and the host of every other year's "Facing Race" conference.
Summary: Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Their 160,000 members in 148 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas: superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
Summary: The Association for High School Innovation creates pathways and expands options to future success for all youth. AHSI is a national network of youth development organizations operating nearly 300 schools and programs in over 30 states and 170 cities nationwide. AHSI intends to lead - through innovation and intentional collaboration - a national response to the imperative that our country educate all youth.
Summary: The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national nonunion professional teachers association, advancing the profession through teacher advocacy and professional development, as well as promoting excellence in education, so that our members receive the respect, recognition and reward they deserve.
Summary: The Baltimore Algebra Project (BAP) is a youth-led math literacy program that uses peer-to-peer tutoring and experiential pedagogy to strengthen math skills, employ youth, and develop leadership potential. The youth of the BAP believe that math skills are a gateway to breaking the cycle of poverty that afflicts urban youth.
Summary: Boston Parent Organizing Network organizes, develops and supports parents and families who are marginalized by class, race, language, disability and immigration status to work with and hold accountable the Boston Public Schools to provide an excellent education for all students. Since its formation in 1999, BPON has built on the strengths of its organizational members and thousands of parent volunteers to achieve significant change at both the school and district levels. BPON is recognized as a powerful and unique force in reform of the BPS, creating consensus among diverse parents, developing their power through leadership training and amplifying their voices, and wielding this power in unified action.
Summary: BYOP is a live community of youth, supported by adults, who are fighting for justice in the Boston area and beyond! We are involved in local, regional, and national projects for social and youth justice.We are an organization of youth, led by youth and supported by adults, who are united by a common purpose: to increase youth power and create positive social change. To do this, we develop counter-cultural values, build relationships across differences, train and develop leaders, identify key issues of concern and take action for justice.
Summary: Founded in 1987, the Buck Institute for Education is dedicated to improving 21st Century teaching and learning throughout the world by creating and disseminating products, practices and knowledge for effective Project Based Learning. The Buck Institute website has great resources including videos, research, forums, and more.
Summary: Cadwell Collaborative helps schools realize their visions and goals as they become exemplary organizations, where students, teachers, and parents learn and work with their communities to create a hopeful, healthy future through excellent, purposeful, creative work. Cadwell Collaborative believes in the power of young people's intelligence, creativity and innate understanding that all living things are interdependent and interconnected. We believe that all schools can be dynamic, engaging places where adults and children develop the knowledge, skills and values to create a healthy, hopeful future for themselves, their communities, and the planet. Our approach combines excellence in academic content and skills with real world projects and unites strong school cultures with community collaboration and authentic youth engagement.
Summary: CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.
CAST's work is inspired and informed by the learners who often get pushed aside in traditional education settings. In other words, "the future is in the margins," as Founding Directors David Rose and Anne Meyer write.
Summary: The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries.The Center specializes in civic/citizenship education, law-related education, and international educational exchange programs for developing democracies. Today, the Center administers a wide range of critically acclaimed curricular, professional development, and community-based programs.
Summary: For two decades, the Center for Democracy and Citizenship has led in the field of civic engagement by using theory-based practices to make democracy a way of life. In addition to conducting ongoing research, the center actively collaborates with schools, such as Jane Addams School for Democracy, and community-based organizations. The Center for Democracy and Citizenship collaborates with a variety of partners to promote active citizenship and public work by people of all ages. The center's work is grounded in the belief that a healthy democracy requires everyone's participation, and that each of us has something to contribute.
Summary: Inspired Teaching is rooted in the belief that every student possesses the ability to think critically, learn and understand information, and solve complex problems and that students should learn to spend their time in school engaged primarily in these kinds of activities. It is the teacher's responsibility to find and create a way to reach every student. Inspired Teaching is the kind of teaching that recognizes each child's innate desire to learn and builds on individual strengths to maximize academic, social and emotional achievement. We work with teachers, principals, and entire school faculties serving students from pre-K to 12th grade.
Summary: Challenge Success works with schools, parents and youth to develop and implement action plans to improve student well-being and engagement with learning.
Summary: The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for over 35 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. Supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations, CDF advocates nationwide on behalf of children to ensure children are always a priority.