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Summary: CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement) conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans. CIRCLE has begun to change public discourse and press coverage about young people as citizens. CIRCLE is doing this by providing a stream of reliable data and analysis that helps Americans to understand the strengths and weaknesses of civic education, broadly defined. CIRCLE has provided training and technical assistance to at least 300 organizations, mostly direct providers of services to youth.
Summary: Citizens for Public Schools believes society is best served when publicly-funded schools are accountable to the whole community and open to all children. We expect our schools to educate the whole child and, to do so, they need to stop focusing on preparing students for high-stakes exams and start using multiple measures and higher quality assessments that measure 21st century skills. We provide a unique forum for sharing information on critical policy issues, legislation, and education-related litigation. CPS closely monitors state legislative action, providing lawmakers with timely information on how certain bills and budget proposals may affect educational opportunity.
Summary: The Citizens League builds civic imagination and capacity in Minnesota by:
Summary: Collaborative Communications Group is passionate about helping improve public education within the United States and across the world through learning and collaboration, and communications and engagement. Collaborative provides services to organizations working to improve education across the spectrum, from pre-K - 12 school improvement efforts and out-of-school time initiatives to post-secondary programs. Regardless of the sector in which they work, our clients have something in common: they have ambitious objectives for improving education and the quality of community life.
Summary: Imagine schools where everyone is inspired and committed to learning; where students, parents, teachers, administrators and community partners share the school(tm)s vision and work together to make it a reality. Imagine a school in which a constant state of improvement is the only acceptable status quo. Communities for Learning supports educational communities, worldwide, in becoming self-sustaining, self-improving, learning organizations empowered to lead deep and lasting change.
Summary: The Community Learning Exchange is a network of resilient local communities, vibrant organizations, and active change agents who share their local wisdom and collective leadership approaches with each other so they can be more effective in addressing critical social issues. It provides an opportunity for community leadership groups to openly examine their challenges, freely exchange successful approaches, and become familiar with tools that can enhance local change initiatives. CLE envisions a world in which community challenges are addressed, not by individual leaders, but by collective leadership--groups of local residents working together for sustainable change in 21st Century settings. Unlike conventional learning institutions, which may be grounded in traditional pedagogy and offer a curriculum delivered by credentialed experts and supported by academic texts, the Community Learning Exchange views communities and people as the new instructors and texts for learning.
Summary: Courage To Teach (CTT) is a program of quarterly retreats for the personal and professional renewal of public school educators. The program is especially designed for preK-12 educators-teachers, counselors, and administrators on whom our society depends for so much but for whom we provide so little. Courage to Teach focuses neither on technique, nor on school reform, but rather on renewing the inner lives of professionals in education.
Summary: In 2008, we formed Digital Democracy (Dd) based on a simple but powerful idea: Technology should be used to empower even the most marginalized groups to engage in democratic action, whether locally, on a national or international scale. We are catalysts for 21st century democracy. We create agile programs with human-centric design and on-the-ground analysis & evaluation. We write and publish reports for global academic and institutional use. We combine unique passion, youthful drive, human rights expertise and experience pioneering technology in 21 countries to date.
Summary: Digital Disruption is a free online resource that equips educators with cutting edge teaching tools.
Led by young people and designed with education, research and media professionals, each tool is designed to improve your student's ability to critically evaluate information they encounter online.
Choose from a range of resources that use film, interaction, games, and activities to engage, stimulate and motivate your class. This is an innovative ongoing project and the organization invites your feedback.
Summary: The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) challenges the systemic problem of pushout in our nation's schools and advocates for the human right of every child to a quality education and to be treated with dignity. The DSC unites parents, youth, educators and advocates in a campaign to promote local and national alternatives to a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment and removal.
This website includes a searchable database of research on pushout, school discipline, and positive alternatives, specific resources for youth, parents and educators, and information about our active campaign projects.
Summary: DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the U.S. that helps young people rock causes they care about. A driving force in creating a culture of volunteerism, DoSomething.org is on track to activate two million young people in 2011. By leveraging the web, television, mobile, and pop culture, DoSomething.org inspires, empowers and celebrates a generation of doers: young people (25 and under) who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action.
Summary: E3 Washington uses a systems approach, gathering input from representatives of 12 diverse sectors, to comprehensively design a vision and strategy for creating sustainable communities in Washington state. Through community events and online networking, E3 is working to increase collaboration and produce real results.
To optimize environmental and sustainability education for everyone who lives, learns, works, and plays in Washington State; to create thriving environments for schools, communities, and businesses.
The five statewide goals of the E3 Comprehensive Plan
1. Get Together
2. Lead Green
3. Go Out
4. Build Support
5. Connect Up
Vision of Washington in 2025
1. Durable Economy
2. Strong Communities
3. Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
4. Educated, Skilled Individuals
Summary: Education Evolving is a kind of 'design shop'; based in Minnesota but with people in other states, working nationally to help public education with the difficult process of change. Initially we were involved mainly with states on the architecture of the K-12 system. More recently we have been involved increasingly in the redesign of schooling. E|E works to convince people that the effort to improve American education should focus on motivating students and teachers, by creating radically different ways for young people to learn and for teachers to work.
Summary: The Education for Liberation Network is a national coalition of teachers, community activists, youth, researchers and parents who believe a good education should teach people"particularly low-income youth and youth of color•"to understand and challenge the injustices their communities face. The network aims to help improve the practice of Education for Liberation by bringing people together to learn from each other(tm)s experiences. The network provides a space for members to share knowledge and work together to create tools for liberatory education. By building alliances that cross the boundaries of geography, occupation and age we hope to nurture communities of thoughtful, socially-engaged people and to maximize the impact of their work.
Summary: Chartered in the Pacific Northwest in 1966 as Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Education Northwest now conducts more than 200 projects annually, working with schools, districts, and communities across the country on comprehensive, research-based solutions to the challenges they face. We work with teachers, administrators, policymakers, and communities to identify needs, evaluate programs, and develop new solutions. Through our work, we strive to create vibrant learning environments where all youth and adults can succeed.
Summary: A national leader in the field of civic participation and community change, Everyday Democracy helps people of different backgrounds and views talk and work together to solve problems and create communities that work for everyone. Using innovative, participatory approaches, Everyday Democracy works with neighborhoods, cities and towns, regions, and states. We place particular emphasis on the connection between complex public issues and structural racism. Issues addressed include: poverty and economic development; education reform; racial equity; early childhood development; police-community relations; youth and neighborhood concerns.
Summary: Expeditionary Learning (EL) partners with schools, districts, and charter boards to open new schools and transform existing schools. EL provides school leaders and teachers with professional development, curriculum planning resources, and new school structures to boost student engagement, character, and achievement. The organization's model works to engage the people on the front lines of education.
Summary: Faces of Learning is a national grassroots engagement initiative that aims to help everyone " young and old, educator and non-educator, Democrat and Republican •" see more clearly what powerful learning actually looks like (and requires).
Summary: At Facing the Future we believe in the transformative power of widespread, systemic education to improve lives and communities, both locally and globally. Our positive, solutions-based programming is designed by and for teachers, and brings critical thinking about global issues to students in every walk of life. We work within the education system to help teachers help students achieve academic success, while preparing them to create and maintain positive, healthy, and sustainable communities. We provide curriculum resources, teacher workshops, and service learning opportunities used by teachers, schools, and districts in all 50 states and over 120 countries.
Summary: First Amendment Schools: Educating for Freedom and Responsibility is a national reform initiative designed to transform how schools teach and practice the rights and responsibilities of citizenship that frame civic life in our democracy.