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50 Advocacy Groups That Make a Difference (UPDATED)

We are thrilled to honour 50 outstanding policy and advocacy organizations. These are some of the organizations that prioritize students by revealing the route to change and leading the most important conversations.

In their own words, here are some of the missions and visions to which these organizations are committed.

Equity Voice

  • The 74: a non-profit, non-partisan news site covering American education. Their purpose is to facilitate an open, fact-based discussion about how to provide the education that America’s 74 million children under the age of 18 need.
  • 826: expands the reach of the national network of youth writing and publishing centres, as well as the words of young authors.
  • Education Post: raises the voices of those most important in the school-improvement movement: parents, students, and instructors.
  • Education Reimagined: supports learner-centered education.

Advocates for National Policy

  • Aspen Institute: cultivates leadership and organizes participatory dialogues on pressing issues.
  • Aurora Institute: fosters education system reform and accelerates the adoption of game-changing policies and practizes to ensure high-quality learning for all.
  • Christensen Institute: provides a distinct framework for comprehending many of society’s most urgent challenges, such as education, healthcare, and economic prosperity. Their purpose is broad but clear: via thorough study and public engagement, they will alter and elevate the debate surrounding these concerns.
  • Achieve: an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform group dedicated to assisting states in raising academic standards and graduation requirements, improving assessments, and strengthening accountability.
  • Alliance for Excellent Education: sponsors of Digital Learning Day and Future Ready, whose purpose is to support high school transformation so that every kid graduates prepared for postsecondary learning and life achievement.
  • American Enterprise Institute: examines issues impacting early childhood, K–12, and higher education in order to strengthen America’s educational system as a vehicle for upward mobility.
  • The American: Youth Policy Forum teaches and informs policymakers and policy influencers about best practizes, policies, tactics, innovations, and research on positive youth development approaches and effective education, youth, and workforce policies.
  • Center for American Progress: creates new policy ideas, challenges the media to cover important issues, and impacts national discussion. CAP can think creatively at the crossroads of traditional boundaries with policy teams in important issue areas to produce ideas for policymakers that lead to real change.
  • The Center for Education Reform: promotes educational possibilities that lead to greater economic results for all Americans, particularly our kids, by ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom, and flexibility across all levels of education in the United States.
  • The Education Trust: strives to overcome opportunity inequalities that disproportionately affect children of colour and low-income pupils.
  • Foundation for Excellence in Education: assists state leaders in reforming education to open doors to opportunity and long-term success for all children.

Networks of State Policymakers

  • 50CAN: is a growing network of grassroots activists for a high-quality education for all children, regardless of where they live.
  • America Achieves: builds capacity for high-quality education as well as clear pathways to economic advancement, civic participation, and success for all in a dynamically changing economy.
  • Democrats for Education Reform: advocates for elected Democrats and candidates for office who want to expand policies and practices that work well for America’s students while opposing those that don’t.
  • Knowledge Works: collaborates to write policy briefs, engage legislators, and assist decision makers in developing more equitable and flexible legislative solutions, opening the path for individualized learning in the classroom.
  • Policy Innovators Network: This network connects state-level education advocacy organizations with peers from across the country in order to amplify their voices and optimize their effect.
  • Stand for Children: Their three-pronged approach of Parents, Politics, and Policy has resulted in policy, legislative, election, and budget victories in nine states.

Advocates for Personalized Learning and Educational Technology

  • Battelle for Kids: works with school districts and communities to realize the power and promise of 21st-century learning for all students.
  • Consortium of School Networking (CoSN): focuses on robust edtech funding, boosting E-rate, preserving student data privacy and security, and promoting digital equity.
  • Digital Promise: collaborates with educators, academics, and technology developers to improve learning opportunities for all and close the Digital Learning Gap.
  • Ed-Fi Alliance: provides state education organizations with a simple data standard that every school district can adopt to record and compile student information.
  • Girls Who Code: is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and transform the perception of what a programmer is and does.
  • ISTE: encourages the development of solutions and connections that increase possibilities for all learners by providing practical assistance, evidence-based professional learning, virtual networks, thought-provoking events, and the ISTE Standards.
  • Mastery Transcript Consortium: a developing network of public and private high schools working together to codesign the Mastery Transcript, a high school transcript that encourages mastery learning and reflects each learner’s individual abilities, strengths, and interests.
  • The Learning Accelerator: providing teachers and leaders with the information, resources, and networks they require to implement individualized and mastery-based approaches that will transform K-12 education.
  • Software & Information Industry Association: delivers global services in government relations, business growth, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to top enterprises that are defining the digital age’s pace.
  • State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA): develops leaders’ abilities to improve education through technology.

Advocates for Pathways

  • National College Transition Network: provides community college, adult education, and workforce systems with technical assistance and professional development services.
  • National Council of Young Leaders: low-income young people learn construction skills through constructing affordable housing for homeless and low-income individuals in their communities, as well as other community assets like as schools, playgrounds, and community centres.

Policy Consultants and Resources

  • Bellwether Education Partners: assists education organizations in accelerating their impact and improving policy and practice.
  • Center on Reinventing Public Education: informs systemic improvement in American public education so that every student is prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
  • Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO): a nonpartisan, non-profit association of public leaders in charge of primary and secondary education departments across the country.
  • Education Council: develops and promotes evidence-based ideas at the local, state, and national levels to strengthen educational systems and promote expanded opportunities and improved outcomes for all students in order to close achievement gaps and significantly improve education outcomes for all children from early childhood to postsecondary education.
  • Education First: collaborates with practitioners, officials, funders, and activists to develop and implement policies and initiatives that enable all young people, particularly students of colour, thrive in college, careers, and life.
  • Evergreen Education Group: fosters, develops, and disseminates collaborative research and understanding in the K-12 online, blended, and digital learning fields. They also host the annual Digital Learning Conference.
  • JFF: promotes economic growth for all by driving change in the American employment and education systems.
  • LEV Foundation: provides people, educators, policymakers, and the media with strategic, reliable, and timely information about research-driven education policies and practices.
  • National Council on Teacher Quality: proposes new changes to strengthen the teaching profession so that we can provide every child with the education they need to ensure a bright and successful future, and to provide all teachers—aspiring and veteran—with the conditions they need to thrive and succeed.
  • New America: renews America by continuing the pursuit of our nation’s highest principles, honestly tackling the difficulties posed by rapid technological and social change, and exploiting the opportunities created by those changes.
  • Public Impact: develops and promotes innovative yet realistic ideas for improving K–12 education. Opportunity Culture was also formed.
  • Student Achievement Partners: provides guidance to educators around the country in aligning curriculum and instruction to academic standards in reading and mathematics.
  • Thomas B. Fordham Institute: supports educational excellence for all children in America via three policy areas: High Expectations, Quality Choices, and Personalized Pathways.

Regional Personalized Learning Assistance

  • Highlander Institute: conducts research, develops, and disseminates new strategies to improve results for all Rhode Island students.
  • Great Schools Partnership: offers school and district coaching, professional development, and technical help to educators, schools, districts, organizations, and government agencies throughout New England and beyond.
  • Donnel Kay’s: mission is to improve public education in Colorado via research, policy, creative discussion, and critical thinking.
  • SREB: collaborates with policymakers such as state legislators and education agency officials to put policies in place that will help students achieve more.


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