Every day there are more organizations joining local, state, and federal education improvement efforts. The list below is illustrative rather than exhaustive and is designed to identify many of the key players active in this realm. Want to be added to the list? Contact us.
Business Coalition for Student Achievement: The BCSA, representing business leaders from every sector of the economy, believes that improving the performance of the K-12 education system in the United States is necessary to provide a strong foundation for both U.S. competitiveness and for individuals to succeed in our rapidly changing world. BCSA advocates for federal education policy and is coordinated by the Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Business and Industry STEM Education Coalition: More than 40 business and industry associations have joined together to form the Business and Industry STEM Education Coalition. They will enhance and elevate the U.S. commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and facilitate STEM Education through private and public partnerships.
Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education (IISME):This industry-education partnership focuses on teachers as the primary agents for effecting meaningful change in mathematics and science education. They provide teachers with experiences and tools they need to adapt their practices and change their schools so that all students are prepared to be lifelong learners, responsible citizens, and productive employees.
Tapping America's Potential: Founded in 2005, this group's goal is to double the number of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics graduates with bachelor's degrees by the year 2015. TAP is made up of the leading business and technology associations in this country.
Center on Reinventing Public Education: CRPE engages in independent research and policy analysis on a range of K-12 public education reform issues, including finance & productivity, human resources, governance, regulation, leadership, school choice, equity, and effectiveness.
Council of the Great City Schools: This Web site was developed by the Council of Great City Schools, a coalition made up of 66 of the nation’s largest public school districts. The Web site contains recent research and publications, including briefs on teacher recruitment and retention as well as student achievement in urban schools.
STEM Education Coalition: The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition works to support STEM programs for teachers and students at the U. S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM related programs. The STEM Education Coalition is composed of advocates from over 1,000 diverse groups representing all sectors of the technological workforce – from knowledge workers, to educators, to scientists, engineers, and technicians.
New Teacher Center: The New Teacher Center at University of California, Santa Cruz is a national resource focused on teacher and administrator induction. Using an integrated, collaborative approach, the NTC strives to support essential research, well-informed policy, and thoughtful practice that encourage teacher development from pre-service throughout the career of a teacher.
Teachers, Teacher Quality, and Human Capital Project: This project focuses on policies that affect the composition, distribution, and quality of teachers.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE): WICHE works with 15 states to improve access to and success in higher education. WICHE provides student exchange programs, regional initiatives, and research and policy work.
The Lumina Foundation for Education: Lumina aims to improve access to and success in postsecondary education. It provides grants, research and reports.
USA Funds: USA Funds is a nonprofit corporation that works to enhance postsecondary education preparedness, access, and success by providing and supporting financial and other valued services. USA Funds links colleges, universities, private career schools, private lenders, students, and parents to promote financial access to higher learning.
Office of Vocational and Adult Education: This U.S. Department of Education Web site provides information about career and technical education, including relevant federal legislation, programs, conferences, and research.
Wallace Foundation: The Wallace Foundation is among the top 40 private foundations in the United States, with assets of more than $1.6 billion. Through an integrated, team-based approach involving research and communications, in addition to grant-making, the Foundation's strategy is to be a knowledge center® for policy-makers and practitioners. The Foundation's mission is to enable institutions to expand learning and enrichment opportunities for all people. They have three objectives to achieve this: strengthening education leadership to enhance student achievement; improving after-school learning opportunities; and expanding participation in arts and culture.
Achieve: Achieve is a non-profit organization that helps states raise academic standards, improve assessments and strengthen accountability to prepare all young people for postsecondary education, work and citizenship.
ACT: ACT is a non-profit organization that provides assessment, research, information, and program management in education and the workforce to educators, policymakers, businesses, and other users. It provides tools such as skills tests for employers to use with prospective employees and resources to help students prepare for college and careers. There is a charge to use ACT's tools.
Afterschool Alliance: This nonprofit organization is a leading advocate for afterschool services. It provides information, research, and tools (e.g., funding tools).
American Association of School Administrators (AASA): The AASA provides its members (including CEOs, superintendents, and senior school administrators) professional development, reports and toolkits, advocacy, and similar resources.
American Diploma Project Network: The ADP Network is a coalition of 33 states dedicated to aligning standards, graduation requirements, assessments, and accountability policies with the demands of college and career.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD): ASCD is a non-profit organization of educators'³superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, education professors and school board members. It offers an array of professional development opportunities, including conferences, on-line training, Webinars, and on-site training.
Battelle for Kids: Battelle for Kids is an independent, not-for-profit organization that helps educators accelerate student progress by bringing clarity to school-improvement efforts.They provide strategic consulting, professional development, innovative tools and resources, data management and technology solutions, research and evaluation services, and communications counsel and support.
College Board: The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program (AP®).
Education Commission of the States: ECS is the only nationwide interstate compact devoted to education. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization involving key leaders from all levels of the education system, ECS creates unique opportunities to build partnerships, share information and promote the development of policy based on available research and strategies.
Education Sector: Education Sector is an education policy think tank with a focus on K-12 accountability, education choice, teacher quality, and undergraduate education.
Educational Testing Service (ETS): ETS, best known for its assessments, also provides research (teacher quality and leadership) and teaching products and services (including professional development and data management).
Jobs for the Future (JFF): JFF provides research, consulting, model programs, and advocacy, aiming to improve high school education, transition to postsecondary education, and job skills.
Learning Point Associates (LPA): LPA supports the development of afterschool programs with statewide networks, needs assessments, program design, training and technical assistance, and program evaluation.
National Association of Elementary School Principals: The NAESP Web site offers research, reports, networking opportunities, professional development opportunities, and other resources to elementary school principals. [Web site]
National Association of Secondary School Principals: The NASSP Web site offers research, reports, networking opportunities, professional development opportunities, and other resources to secondary school principals.
National Center on Performance Incentives: The purpose of the Center is to address one of the most contested questions in public education: Do financial incentives for teachers, administrators, and schools affect the quality of teaching and learning? NCPI's work involves a series of rigorous research initiatives, including randomized field trials and evaluations of existing pay-for-performance programs
National Commission on Teaching and America's Future: NCTAF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing every child with competent, caring, qualified teachers in schools organized for success. NCTAF produces research-based reports and works with states and districts to improve teaching.
National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ): The National Council on Teacher Quality advocates for reforms in a broad range of teacher policies at the federal, state, and local levels in order to increase the number of effective teachers. NCTQ focuses on increasing public awareness about the three sets of institutions that have the greatest impact on teacher quality: states, teacher preparation programs, and teachers unions.
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET): NIET is an independent organization engaged in a broad range of effective initiatives focused on implementing comprehensive teacher quality reforms across the country. NIET operates the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) and the Teacher Quality Best Practices Center.
National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning: The National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning provides training and tools to help local and state practitioners develop afterschool programs. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and operated by the SEDL.
National Science Teachers Association: The National Science Teachers Association is a member-driven organization, 55,000-strong. NSTA publishes books and journals for science teachers from kindergarten through college. It provides ways for science teachers to connect with one another, and works to inform Congress and the public on vital questions affecting science literacy and a well-educated workforce.
National School Board Association: NSBA represents the school board perspective before federal government agencies and with national organizations that affect education, by providing vital information and services to state associations of school boards and local school boards throughout the nation.
National Staff Development Council (NSDC): NSDC, a non-profit professional association for educators (including teachers, principals, district staff, and others), provides standards for staff development, relevant articles and resources, and professional development opportunities such as workshops, coaching, and conferences.
SEDL: SEDL conducts rigorous reviews of promising practices for afterschool programs, original randomized controlled trials of afterschool programs, and provides professional development and tools to afterschool professionals and policymakers.
The After School Corporation: The After School Corporation, a non-profit organization, funds, monitors, evaluates, and supports after-school programs in New York City public schools. The organization also serves as an advocate for after-school programs nationally.
The Center on Innovation and Improvement: The Center on Innovation and Improvement helps states and school districts improve student learning by implementing the choice provisions of NCLB; increasing the number and quality of charter schools; and ensuring equitable participation of private school students and teachers in federal programs for which they are eligible.
The Teachers Network: Teachers Network is a non-profit organization focused on professional development. It offers a Web site, videos, and print resources.