Organizations

The following organizations have provided support for teachers, schools, and communities in creating engaging, challenging, and equitable schools.  At the heart of their work is a commitment to ensuring that every child has an equal opportunity for an education that prepares them for the rights and responsibilities of democratic citizenship.  The Forum invites you to contact them directly.

  • Center for Collaborative Education The Center for Collaborative Education promotes purposeful learning and small, caring communities in K-12 public schools, providing coaching, professional development, advocacy, and research toward the development of schools that nurture every student.

  • Comer School Development Program Developed by child psychiatrist Dr. James P. Comer and his colleagues at the Yale Child Study Center in collaboration with the New Haven Public Schools, the School Development Program (SDP) is a research-based, comprehensive K-12 education reform program grounded in the principles of child, adolescent, and adult development.

  • Coalition of Essential Schools CES was begun by the late Ted Sizer as a network of schools committed to Ten Common Principles that begin with helping students learn to use their minds well and end with a commitment to democracy. Schools and individuals are welcome to affiliate with CES and receive our publications and attend our workshops both offered nationally and through our regional offices.

  • Foxfire  During its forty-five years of existence, Foxfire evolved from a cultural journalism project - Foxfire Magazine and a series of Foxfire books - into an overall approach to instruction for grades K-12 and beyond, for students in any demographic setting and all ability levels.

  • Institute for Student Achievement

  • National Education Policy Center  The mission of the National Education Policy Center is to produce and disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions. We are guided by the belief that the democratic governance of public education is strengthened when policies are based on sound evidence.
  • National League of Democratic Schools  The National League of Democratic Schools, a program of the Institute for Educational Inquiry, is comprised of public, charter, and private elementary, middle, and high schools located in 3 geographic regions: Western, Rocky Mountain/Plains States, and Eastern.  Its mission is to promote professional development focused on the growth of students as individuals who have the knowledge, skills, abilities,  dispositions, and attitudes required for successful lives, and to be responsible, participating citizens in our social and political democracy.
  • National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER)  The National Network for Educational Renewal is a network dedicated to the simultaneous renewal of schools and the institutions that prepare our teachers.   Its work is based on the four-part mission of providing equal access to quality learning for all students, promoting responsible stewardship of our schools and universities, improving teaching and learning through pedagogy that nurtures and challenges all learners, and providing students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become fully engaged participants in our democratic society.
  • NY Performance Assessment Consortium  The New York Performance Standards Consortium represents 28 schools across New York State. Formed in 1997, the Consortium opposes high stakes tests arguing that "one size does not fit all."

  • Public Education Network  Public Education Network (PEN) is a national association of local education funds (LEFs) and individuals working to advance public school reform in low-income communities across our country. PEN believes an active, vocal constituency is the key to ensuring that every child, in every community, benefits from a quality public education.  

  • School Redesign Network at Stanford  The School Redesign Network at Stanford University is a national research and professional development organization fostering equitable and transformative school systems. We are affiliated with the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE).
  • SCOPE The Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) was formed in 2008, as part of Stanford University's School of Education. SCOPE's mission is to foster research, policy, and practice strategies that enable all students to have the opportunity for a high-quality education in the United States and internationally. SCOPE also incorporates the work of the School Redesign Network (SRN) and the Stanford Center for Learning, Assessment and Equity (SCALE).