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Summary: To help America's schools ensure that all young people develop the skills and abilities they need to exercise a powerful voice in shaping their own lives -- and our nation's future -- The Forum focuses its efforts on those things that matter most in public education. We believe that the role of our system of public schools is to prepare every young person for the responsibilities and obligations of democratic life.
Summary: The mission of the FrameWorks Institute is to advance the nonprofit sector's communications capacity by identifying, translating and modeling relevant scholarly research for framing the public discourse about social problems. FrameWorks designs, commissions, manages and publishes communications research to prepare nonprofit organizations to expand their constituency base, to build public will, and to further public understanding of specific social issues. In the education sector, FrameWorks has studied education reform and produced a series of reports and recommendations, all of which can be found on their website. They provide powerful insights to help educators and advocates talk about education in a way that can support meaningful educational change.
Summary: GameDesk is a 501(c)3 nonprofit research and outreach organization that seeks to reshape models for learning through game-play and game development. The organization looks to help close the achievement gap and engage students to learn core STEM curriculum. It develops project-based learning with a strong focus on purpose, ownership, and personal value. The organization (originally developed out of research and support at the University of Southern California's IMSC) has now been in development, practice, and/or evaluation for over four years in various schools in the Los Angeles area.
Summary: GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
GENERATION WAKING UP is a global campaign to ignite a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, sustainable world. We strive to:
- Awaken in young people a clear sense of who we are as a generation, an understanding of the urgent global challenges and opportunities we face, and a calling to take action.
- Empower young people with the training, mentoring, and support needed to thrive as global citizens, leaders, and change agents in the 21st century.
- Mobilize young people locally and globally across issues, geography, and all lines of difference, unleashing the collaborative power of our generation.
Summary: GREEN Community Schools' mission is to create long-term holistic partnerships between the school, local community residents, stakeholders, resources and families to ensure that the community is environmentally aware and able to successfully practice and promote sustainability in their lives, communities and globally.
Summary: Hand in Hand Parenting works with parents of young children providing resources, training, and lots of support. For over 20 years, our Parenting by Connection approach has given parents practical tools to resolve universal family challenges. Unlike other parenting methods, which rely on systems of rewards and punishment, our philosophy is centered on children's strong, innate desire to love and be loved. Our fresh and effective framework is consistent with the latest research and results in long-term family success.
Summary: Healthy Schools Campaign, an independent not-for-profit organization, is the leading authority on healthy school environments and a voice for people who care about our environment, our children, and education.Our mission is to advocate for policies and practices that allow all students, teachers and staff to learn and work in a healthy school environment.We prepare school stakeholders - students, parents, teachers, school nurses, administrators, community members and others - to become leaders in efforts to create change at the school, district, state and national levels. By working with this diverse group of stakeholders, we advocate for change in the school environment and raise awareness of the ways that the air children breathe, the food they eat and the opportunities they have to be physically active shape their health and learning for a lifetime.
Summary: High Tech High began in 2000 as a single charter high school launched by a coalition of San Diego business leaders and educators. It has evolved into an integrated network of schools spanning grades K-12, housing a comprehensive teacher certification program and a new, innovative Graduate School of Education. All schools in the High Tech High network serve a diverse, lottery-selected student population, and all embody the High Tech High design principles of personalization, adult world connection, common intellectual mission, and teacher as designer.
Summary: Hole-in-the-Wall is one such idea, which offers the world a surprisingly fresh perspective on the learning process. Breaking the traditional confines of a school, Hole-in-The-Wall Education Limited (HiWEL) takes the Learning Station to the playground, employs a unique collaborative learning approach and encourages children to explore, learn and just enjoy! As a concept, Hole-in-the-Wall has multiple dimensions and a potential which is virtually limitless. What it offers someone depends on the perspective one is looking from.
Summary: Humane education enables us to find solutions that work for all by approaching human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection as interconnected and integral dimensions of a healthy, just society. The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to creating a humane world through humane education.
Summary: The Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute), a special entity within the National League of Cities (NLC), helps municipal leaders take action on behalf of the children, youth, and families in their communities. NLC launched the YEF Institute in 2000 in recognition of the unique and influential roles that mayors, city councilmembers, and other local leaders can play in strengthening families and improving outcomes for children and youth.
Summary: The mission of the International Association for Learning Alternatives is to lead, promote and support learning alternatives in education. This mission signals our interest in seeing that parents and students have choices of educational programs to meet their needs, interests, learning styles and intelligences. We believe that a one-size education program does not fit everyone and that education is best served by having choices for all.
Summary: According to The International Democratic Education Network, democratic education means: "Teachers and students have an equal vote in the decisions about their their learning and their social lives." They maintain a newsletter and resources on their website.
Summary: JLN focuses on bringing joy to the learning process by creating an active community of educators, parents, community members, students, and organizations who share resources, ideas, and advocacy. We believe that to successfully improve learning in our schools, and achieve a much higher level of school satisfaction and societal happiness, we must change the way we think about teaching and learning.
Summary: Justice Matters' mission is to bring about racially just schools by developing and promoting education policy rooted in community vision. Justice Matters works to build and support a national racial justice movement working towards transformative education for students of color - and to develop and advocate for a racial justice policy agenda in local schools and on a national level. Their vision is young people of color thrive in public schooling that engages their brilliance and communities through joyful, culturally responsible practice that prepares the next generation of leaders to build a more just and healthy world.
Summary: The League of Innovative Schools is a new collaboration-driven support network for New England's secondary schools. Membership in the League is open to any interested secondary school - including charter schools and career-and-technical centers - provided that the school community is committed to sustainable improvement and willing to share their practices with colleagues across their state and region. As League members, participating schools will become part of a growing network of secondary institutions working to improve programs, exchange professional expertise, and create more student-centered learning opportunities. In an era of top-down accountability, the League of Innovative Schools is founded on the belief that professional integrity, authentic collaboration, and self-accountability can motivate, sustain, and enhance school improvement.
Summary: Learning Dreams creates a culture of learning. We provide intense home and community-based support for parents and children to help them become active members of a culture of learning. Learning Dreams works with the parent's deepest motivations, their personal dreams and hopes for their own lives and the lives of their children. We build their strengths and continue to support them over time as they make progress realizing their learning dreams.
Summary: Learning Matters is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit media production company focused on education whose mission is to encourage and enrich public dialogue about education, youth and families. Learning Matters has produced more than 30 documentaries and filed hundreds of reports for PBS NewsHour. Our work has taken us everywhere from community colleges to kindergarten classes, and from policy hearings to protest rallies. Unparalleled access to education's leaders, long-term in-depth coverage, and scrupulous representation of complex issues are the hallmarks of our approach.
Summary: Learning Unlimited (LU) is leading a movement of college students teaching high school students everything and anything. By seeding and supporting self-sustaining student groups at colleges and universities around the world, LU reaches over 6000 students annually.