Organizations & Educators

Organizations Working For Related Goals

Academy for the Love of Learning
professional development for educators taking an integral and experiential approach to learning, in Sante Fe NM

Alliance for Childhood
promoting a broad range of policies and practices essential to children’s well-being.

The Alternative Education Resource Organization
abundant online resource for Learner-Centered Alternatives. Includes links to schools, resources, workshops, conferences and more.

The Association for Constructivist Teaching
based on an understanding of Piaget’s scientific theories on how we construct knowledge and moral values, identifies and disseminates effective constructivist practices in both the professional cultures of teachers and the learning environments of children.

The Association for Experiential Education
a community of progressive educators and practitioners dedicated to experiential education

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development  Whole Child Initiative
educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

The Broader Bolder Approach To Education
a national campaign that acknowledges the impact of social and economic disadvantage on schools and students and proposes evidence-based policies to improve schools and remedy conditions that limit many children’s readiness to learn.

Center for Collaborative Education
seeks to influence the larger public’s view on education to better support change that fosters democratic and equitable schools through professional development for educators

Center for Courage & Renewal
nurtures personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it.

Class Size Matters
dedicated to providing information on the significant and wide-ranging benefits of smaller classes, particularly for at-risk children, to boost student learning, engagement, and graduation rates, and lower disciplinary referrals.

Coalition for Community Schools
alliance mobilizing the resources and capacity of multiple sectors and institutions to create a united movement for community schools

Coalition of Essential Schools
coalition at the forefront of creating and sustaining personalized, equitable, and intellectually challenging schools

Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning
works to advance the science and evidence-based practice of social and emotional learning

The Council for Global Education

provides a new framework for a comprehensive education of a child in the 21st century.

The Creative Learning Exchange
systems dynamics and systems thinking in K-12 Education

Cultivating The Early Years
supports social constructivist learning and embraces all philosophies that exemplify this approach, drawing from the philosophies of Dewey, Freire, Hawkins, and Malaguzzi and contemporaries that exemplify these philosophers.

Defending the Early Years
seeks to rally educators to take action on policies that affect the education of young children

Educacion Alternativa
Alcanzado paÍses y comunidades de habla Hispana. Connecting Spanish speaking communities interested in non-traditional education models

Education Evolving
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.

The George Lucas Educational Foundation (Edutopia)
in-depth and interactive resource offering practical, hands-on advice, real-world examples, lively contributions from practitioners, and invaluable tips and tools.

Holistic Education, Inc
responds to initial questions often posed by parents about how holistic schools or programs may serve your children’s needs.

The Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education Network
seeks to develop approaches to teaching and learning that foster connections between subjects and between learners through various forms of community, as well as a dynamic balance in the learning situation between such elements as content and process, learning and assessment, and analytic and creative thinking.

Implicity/Children of the Code
stewarding the health of our children’s minds by providing dialogues, writings, technology, and projects focusing on improving children’s learning.

Institute for Democratic Education in America
committed to bridging the disconnect between our democratic values and the way we educate and treat young people

The International Play Association
non-governmental organization with members in close to 50 countries, whose purpose is to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play as a fundamental human right.

The International Association for Learning Alternatives
leading, promoting and supporting learning alternatives in education.

The John Dewey Society
keeping alive John Dewey’s commitment to the use of critical and reflective intelligence in the search for solutions to crucial problems in education and culture.

Leading and Learning for the 21st Century—New Zealand
a forum to share ideas that will help transform the organizations we work in into constantly evolving communities.

Learn How To Become  describes some of the primary avenues for making a difference in improving literacy.

Michigan Parents For Schools
Michigan public school parents taking action as parents and as citizens to make sure schools have the resources they need.

The National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (formerly National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education)
major education, community, public service, and advocacy organizations working to create meaningful family-school partnerships

The National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest)
works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, teachers and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial.

National Network for Educational Renewal a membership network dedicated to the simultaneous renewal of schools and the institutions that prepare our teachers.

The National Institute for Play
committed to bringing the unrealized knowledge, practices and benefits of play into public life.

National School Climate Center
helps schools integrate crucial social and emotional learning with academic instruction.

National School Reform Faculty
offers intensive professional development to educators from pre-K to post secondary focusing on developing collegial relationships, encouraging reflective practice, and rethinking leadership in restructuring schools

The Network For Public Education an advocacy group whose mission is to protect, preserve, promote, and strengthen public schools for both current and future generations of students.

The New York Performance Standards Consortium
A coalition of high schools across New York State which use a system of assessment consisting of eight components including alignment with state standards, professional development, external review, and formative and summative data.

North Dakota Study Group
diverse network of progressive educators dedicated to advocacy for useful, fair, and democratic ways to document and assess children’s learning and offering a criticism of educational reform and practice in the light of an enduring concern with democracy and the estate of childhood.

Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education
We are citizens, teachers, administrators, and parents united by our support for public education and by concerns for its future.

The PassageWorks Institute
supports educators with practices and principles that integrate social, emotional and academic learning.

People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO)
Rather than bring people together just based on common issues like housing or education, PICO’s faith-based or broad-based organizing model makes values and relationships the glue that holds organizations together

Personalised Education Now
promotes education based on learner-managed learning, using a flexible catalogue curriculum, located in a variety of settings, and operating within a framework of democratic values and practices.

Play in the Wild
full-immersion in the principles and practices of nonviolence, via youth programsand educator trainings that address the whole learner: physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual

The Progressive Education Network
a nationwide network of educators committed to sharing teaching practices that foster in students a strong motivation for learning, and the agency for social activism. PEN is dedicated to influencing the course of the national dialogue about early childhood, elementary, and secondary education in America.

Prospect Archives and Center for Education and Research
longitudinal collections of the art, writing, and other works by individual children, totaling about 300,000 pieces,now available for research purposes at the University of Vermont and online.

Save Childhood
Individuals and organizations that share a deep concern about societal values and well-being and the current erosion of natural childhood.

School of the 21st Century
Based at Yale University, the 21C program develops, researches, networks, and supervises a national model that incorporates childcare and family support services into schools.

The Small Schools Workshop
a full service consulting firm based in Chicago that helps schools and school districts strategize to create smaller, personalized and effective learning communities.

Teacher Powered Schools
Supporting schools where teachers accept full responsibility for the success of their school. They feel increased passion for the job and have greater ability to make the dramatic changes in schools that they determine are needed to truly improve student learning and the teaching profession.

Touch the Future
balance the human development equation by reframing and supporting continuing Parent-Child Development, not just child development. The site contains hundreds of articles, publications, interviews and research papers on child and human development.

The Trinational Coalition to Defend Public Education
teacher activists from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. who coordinate their opposition to the privatization of public education in all three countries.

The 21st Century Learning Initiative
facilitates the emergence of new approaches to learning that draw upon a range of insights into the human brain, the functioning of human societies, and learning as a community-wide activity.

Tuscon Teachers Applying Whole Language
supports professionals and other individuals in the implementation of whole language philosophy and promotes the acquisition of languages and literacies in all subject areas

What Kids Can Do
Using digital, print, and broadcast media, WKCD presses before the broadest audience possible a dual message: the power of what young people can accomplish when given the opportunities and supports they need, and what they can contribute when we take their voices and ideas seriously. The youth who concern WKCD most are those marginalized by poverty, race, and language, ages 12 to 22.

The Whole Child Inititative
identifies five kinds of learning that we like to see each child exposed to, every day if possible.

Progressive Educators With Websites to get you started—suggest others!

Marion Brady

Alfie Kohn

Deborah Meier

Dr. Kathie Nunley
(practical classroom applications of current brain research)

Susan Ohanion