Organizational resources


Business/Community Partners

  • Business Coalition for Education Reform – (BCER) – national business-led organizations and state and local business-education coalitions that coordinate their efforts to increase the academic achievement of all students by promoting business involvement in education at the national, state and local levels.
  • Communities in Schools – champions the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people learn, stay in school, and prepare for life.

Civic Engagement

  • Give Kids Good Schools – A national campaign to guarantee a quality public education for every child in the nation. Through national activities and online resources, the campaign seeks to provide Americans with the information and tools they need to take action in their communities and improve their public schools.
  • Annenberg Institute for School Reform – Established at Brown University in 1993 to develop, share, and act on knowledge that improves the conditions and outcomes of schooling in America, especially in urban communities and in schools serving underserved children.
  • Collaborative Communications Group – Uses innovative communication strategies, products and technologies to bring people together for the improvement of organizations, schools and communities.
  • The Harwood Institute – A network for public ideas that brings people together to learn about the public realm and how to make progress in it.
  • National Issues Forum – Nationwide network of educational and community organizations that deliberate about nation-wide issues.
  • The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence – An independent, non-partisan organization of Kentucky parents and citizens who mission is to give Kentuckians a voice for vastly improved education. Recommends solutions to problems and informs the public through its publications, including guidebooks on school-based decision making and school law.
  • Public Agenda – Nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen research organization.
  • Public Education Network (PEN) – Network of independent, community-based school reform organizations dedicated to building local communities’ ability to effect and sustain long-term positive change in their schools and to hold schools accountable for quality public education.
  • Study Circles Resource Center – Helps communities bring large numbers of diverse people into democratic, face-to-face dialogue and action on critical public issues.
  • What Kids Can Do – Non-profit organization that documents the value of young people working with teachers and other adults on projects that combine powerful learning with public purpose. Integral to its mission is connecting the field of school reform, youth development, community development, service learning, and school-to-work.

Education Programs/Models

  • Accelerated Schools – Comprehensive school reform project designed to improve schooling for students in “at risk” situations. Accelerated school communities accelerate learning by providing all students with challenging activities that traditionally have been reserved only for students identified as gifted and talented.
  • New American Schools – Seeks to create schools that embody the best principles and practices of educational excellence, and to make these hallmarks of excellence the norm, not the exception.
  • SmallSchools Workshop – A group of educators, organizers and researchers collaborating with teachers, principals and parents, in the creation and support of small, innovative public schools.


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