School Reform: Resource List (page 4)
Alliance for Excellent Education
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a a national policy, research and advocacy organization acting on behalf of millions of at-risk, low-performing secondary school students. It promotes high school transformation so that every student graduates prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
(ASCD) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that represents 175,000 educators from more than 135 countries and 58 affiliates. Members span the entire profession of educators—superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members. ASCD offers broad, multiple perspectives—across all education professions—in reporting key policies and practices.
Buck Institute for Education
The Buck Institute for Education is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving schools by advancing knowledge about the practice of teaching and the process of learning. In addition to providing research and program evaluation services, the Institute collaborates with teachers to develop innovative practices in the areas of project-based learning, problem-based economics, and school-to-work.
Center for the Social Organization of Schools
CSOS is an educational research and development center at Johns Hopkins University. Researchers at CSOS study how changes in the social organization of schools can make them more effective for all students in promoting academic achievement, development of potential, and eventual career success.
Center on Education Policy
The Center on Education Policy is a national, independent advocate for public education and for more effective public schools. The Center produces publications, convenes meetings, makes presentations, and, upon request, provides expert advice. The Center works jointly with many other education, business, state, and civic organizations.
Coalition of Essential Schools
Founded by noted education reformer Theodore R. Sizer, CES is a national network of over 1,000 schools, 19 regional centers, and a national office. The Coalition’s Ten Common Principles (in the areas of school design, classroom practice, leadership, and community connections) provide a universal thread among members, but each school decides how best to apply them. The CES website provides information about member schools and regional centers, practical tools and professional development resources, discussion groups, and research and publications—including Horace, the CES journal, and Reinventing High School: Six Journeys of Change, case studies of innovative high schools produced collaboratively by CES and Jobs For the Future. A new feature is the CES Fieldbook, an interactive online collection of resources contributed by member schools.
Communities In Schools
Through training, technical assistance, and partnerships, Communities In Schools, Inc. supports a nationwide, independent network of 1,500 schools in 32 states and the District of Columbia devoted to helping young people stay in school, learn, and prepare for life. The website provides program descriptions, including How It Works, and links to network members, state and regional CIS offices, and national partner organizations.
Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago
CCSR is a public research organization focused on Chicago school reform efforts. Some topics of CCSR’s studies include high school curricular reform, student mobility, and the Chicago High School Redesign Initiative.
Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform
For 15 years, this national network of urban school reform leader sought to reconnect schools with their communities and reform urban school districts in nine cities. In January 2007, Cross-City closed its doors. The website, though, remains as a rich source of information about programs centered around making schools accountable to and for all youth, the rightful allocation of funding, and improving teaching.
The Education Trust works for the high academic achievement of all students and for the permanent closure of the achievement gap through advocacy backed up by policy, research and analysis, and direct assistance to school districts. The Education Trust believes that all children will learn at high levels when they are taught to high levels.
Educators for Social Responsibility
Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR) helps teachers create safe, respectful, and productive learning environments and helps young people develop the social skills, emotional competencies, and qualities they need to succeed in school and beyond. The website posts free lesson plans and discussion guides about the war in Iraq and other conflicts, plus a monthly electronic newsletter and other helpful resources about conflict resolution.
Edutopia is the website for the George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), a nonprofit operating foundation to celebrate and encourage innovation in schools. GLEF documents, disseminates, and advocates for exemplary programs in K-12 public schools to help these practices spread nationwide.
Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound
Expeditionary Learning Schools Outward Bound (ELS) is a comprehensive K-12 educational design. The approach combines rigorous academic content and real world projects -- learning expeditions -- with active teaching and community service. The ELS design focuses on teaching in an engaging way. Faculty members receive intensive professional development in curriculum, teaching practices, and building a strong school culture. Expeditionary Learning is now being implemented in over 140 urban, rural, and suburban schools.
Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves is a national educational and teacher training organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism to promote a more humane and informed citizenry.
Family Involvement Network of Educators
The Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) is a member organization of 800 higher education faculty, trainers, and parent groups seeking to strengthen family involvement in schools. The FINE website offers an array of resources, such as monthly newsletters, bibliographies of current family involvement literature, and a variety of online research briefs, reports, and papers on family-school-community issues.
Institute for Educational Leadership
IEL is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC that is aimed at increasing student achievement and preparing young people to meet the challenges of the 21st century. IEL’s mission is to build the capacity of individuals and organizations in education and related fields to work together—across policies, programs and sectors.
The KnowledgeWorks Foundation aims to increase the number and diversity of people who value and access education, by creating and improving educational opportunity at pre-kindergarten through high school and post-high school institutions, and through community organizations.
Middle College National Consortium
The Middle College National Consortium is a professional development organization for secondary and post-secondary public-sector educators. The Consortium provides ongoing technical assistance and support to both new and established middle college high schools as they implement educational reforms and engage in professional activities
National Academy Foundation
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) sustains a nation-wide network of career-themed Academies that are organized as small learning communities.
National Association for Multicultural Education
The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) is a network of educators from preschool through higher education committed to cultural pluralism and multicultural education. The website posts position papers, resolutions, and a calendar of events; it also hosts a listserv. Its extensive online resources link to articles, journals, publishers, film festivals, curriculum, grant opportunities, and more.
Reprinted with the permission of What Kids Can Do, Inc. © 2007 What Kids Can Do, Inc.
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