Organizations shaping education policy:

Achieve: an independent, bipartisan, non-profit education reform organization based in Washington, D.C. that helps states raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments and strengthen accountability.

Alliance for Excellent Education: a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. The Alliance focuses on America’s six million most at-risk secondary school students—those in the lowest achievement quartile—who are most likely to leave school without a diploma or to graduate unprepared for a productive future.

American Association for School Administrators (AASA): advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE): a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to the highest quality professional development of teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning.

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI): a community of scholars and supporters committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening free enterprise.

American Youth Policy Forum: a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels.  AYPF’s goal is to enable participants to become more effective in the development, enactment, and implementation of sound policies affecting the nation’s young people by providing information, insights, and networks to better understand the development of healthy and successful young people, productive workers, and participating citizens in a democratic society.

America’s Promise Alliance: a cross-sector partnership of 400+ corporations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and advocacy groups that are passionate about improving lives and changing outcomes for children. We have made a top priority of ensuring that all young people graduate from high school ready for college, work and life.

American School Counselor Association: helps students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.

ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development): an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

Brookings Institution: a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC that conducts high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative and practical recommendations.

Business Coalition for Student Achievement: 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.

Center for American Progress (CAP): our work addresses 21st-century challenges such as energy, national security, economic growth and opportunity, immigration, education, and health care.

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP): develops and promotes new ideas, mobilizes others, and directly assists governments and advocates to put in place successful strategies that deliver results that matter to people across America; where children grow up safe, healthy, nurtured, and prepared to succeed; where young people and adults have the skills and supports they need to fulfill their potential and to contribute to society and the economy; where jobs provide decent wages and family friendly policies; where poverty is rare; where there is justice for all; and where all people can participate equally and their communities can prosper.

Coalition for Community Schools: an alliance of national, state and local organizations in education K-16, youth development, community planning and development, family support, health and human services, government and philanthropy as well as national, state and local community school networks

College Summit: works in partnership with schools, school districts and colleges to develop a sustainable model for raising college enrollment rates community-wide.

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO): nationwide, nonpartisan, and nonprofit membership organization committed to creating a public education system that prepares every child for lifelong learning, work, and citizenship. CCSSO’s promise is to lead chiefs and their organizations in this effort by focusing on those state-driven leverage points they are uniquely positioned to address-and increasing their capacity to produce students ready to succeed as productive members of society.

Council of Great City Schools (CGCS): To educate all urban school students to the highest academic standards. To lead, govern and manage our urban public schools in ways that advance the education of our children and inspire the public’s confidence. To engage parents and build a confident, committed and supportive urban community for raising the achievement of urban public schoolchildren.

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS): A Broad Community Committed to a Greater Purpose

Dutko Worldwide: Dutko Worldwide’s education practice advises a wide range of clients on state and federal policy, including education businesses, nonprofits, and leading charitable donors.

EducationCounsel: an innovative law, policy, strategy, and advocacy organization committed to strengthening education systems, closing achievement gaps, and expanding access to educational opportunities.

Education Pioneers: a national human capital organization building the pipeline of talent to address the urban education crisis. There is a vast need for more talented leaders and entrepreneurs who can effect large-scale systemic change in urban education.

Education Sector: is an independent think tank that challenges conventional thinking in education policy.

Education Trust: promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college.

KIPP DC: a network of high-performing, public, college-preparatory charter schools in Washington D.C., which serves the city’s under-resourced communities.

Knowledge Alliance: was founded in 1997 as a non-profit, non-partisan strategic alliance to address the increasingly urgent need to apply rigorous research to persistent educational challenges facing our country’s schools.

Knowledge Universe: a global education company that Provides world-class educational resources and infrastructure in early childhood education, primary and secondary education as well as higher education.

Learning First Alliance (LFA): a non-profit that shares examples of success, encourage collaboration at every level, and work toward the continual and long-term improvement of public education based on solid research.

Margaret Spellings and Company: a public policy and strategic consulting firm devoted to bringing expertise to our nation’s most challenging issues.

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement.

National Association for the Education of Young People (NEA): believes every student in America, regardless of family income or place of residence, deserves a quality education.

National College Access Network (NCAN): to build, strengthen, and empower communities committed to college access and success so that all students, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education, can achieve their educational dream.

National Governors Association (NGA): the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors—promotes visionary state leadership, shares best practices and speaks with a unified voice on national policy.

National PTA: the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) reminds our country of its obligations to children and provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child while providing the best tools for parents to help their children be successful students.

National School Boards Association (NSBA): a not-for-profit organization representing state associations of school boards and their member districts across the United States.

New America Foundation: a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.

New Teacher Project: a national nonprofit dedicated to closing the achievement gap by ensuring that high-need students get outstanding teachers.

SEED Foundation: partners with urban communities to provide innovative educational opportunities that prepare underserved students for success in college and beyond.

State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA): Founded in 2001, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the 501(c)(3) non-profit, national member association that serves, supports and represents the interests of the educational technology leadership of state education agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. a 501(c)4 organization based in Washington, D.C that mobilizes parents, teachers, students, administrators, and citizens throughout country to channel their energy to produce meaningful results on both the local and national level.

Teach for America: the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunities.

The Mind Trust: finding creative ways to engage students more in their learning and to expand their thinking globally.

The Raben Group: brings together a diverse collection of professionals with deep roots in law and progressive public policy. Our mission is to identify opportunities and solve problems for clients in the corporate, nonprofit, foundation and government sectors.

US Education Delivery Institute (EDI): an innovative non-profit organization that focuses on implementing large-scale system change in public education.

Wallace Foundation: supports and shares effective ideas and practices to improve learning and enrichment opportunities for children.

Washington Partners: a full service government affairs and public relations consulting firm that has built a reputation for producing results.

WestEd: a research, development, and service agency, works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.

Links or blogs I follow:

TED: Sir Ken Robinson. Schools Kill Creativity

Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss: Answer Sheet

Yong Zhao: Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education

Links I found during the job search related to improving education:

Edutopia: The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by using digital media to document, disseminate, and advocate for innovative, replicable strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.

Global Scholar

iQ Academy


Keystone Academy

KSA-Plus: offers a wide range of products and services to strengthen the partnership between parents and schools.

School Improvement Network

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