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Organizations that aim to improve the educational system of the nation

The following are listed below:  

Academy for Educational Development (AED)
1825 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-5721

Phone: 1-202-884-8000
Fax: 1-202-884-8400
       New York Office

100 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 1-212-243-1110
Fax: 1-212-627-0407
E-mail: communicationsmail@aed.org
Website: www.aed.org
     "Starting with a project in Kansas, and eventually expanding to more than 130 countries, AED has improved the educational opportunities of thousands of students around the world."
    Provides valuable information and articles on issues concerning today's youth, such as health, education, the environment, and democracy. Browsing is available through three convenient options: by topic, approach, and geography. -LOL
Very  interesting the economic development engaged from the Academy between  government Agency witch generate employment especially with micro, small and medium-size business, and position their product and services in the new market. This create a new employee positions. - MDN
     This site consists of important information to help millions of people all over the world educational and health wise. This site can help youths in a convenient way by the different browsing types.-DME

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
1230 Seventeenth St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-3078
Phone: 1-202-223-9485
Fax: 1-202-775-1824
E-mail: webmaster@aera.net
Website: www.aera.net
    "AERA strives to improve the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education. Also, offers a program of scholarly publications, training, fellowships, and meetings to advance educational research, to disseminate knowledge, and to improve the capacity of the profession to enhance the public good."
     Website is crowded and not too appealing. Still, this is an important organization, which should be helpful to researchers  who want to put their theories about education into practical use. -SB
     Includes several references to educational information. including detailed techniques and methods to improve the quality of teaching. -LOL                             
     Seems a sizable associations with a big and organized structure due to different goals and range attempted, since educations to political science, represented by the membership and educators.-MDN

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Atlas Communities
222 Third Street, Suite 1320
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: 1-617-577-8585 or 1-888-577-8585
Fax: 1-617-577-8686
Website: www.atlascommunities.org

     "A comprehensive school improvement initiative designed to help create high performing schools that serve all students well."
     Provides key factors to improving education within schools grades K-12 through improved techniques for teaching and learning, better assessments of both students and teachers, increased professional development, incorporating family and community, and progressing techniques of school management. -LOL                            In the web page the address, direction and phone are maybe changed;                         .  
     Atlas learning communities Inc.
249 Glenbrook Road Unit 2224, Storrs, CT 06269-2224   Phone: 888.577.8585 Fax: 860.486.6348 ?Address is maybe changed?? - MDN
     Includes improving educational techniques to improve grades K-12 learning skills as well as other skills.-DME

Beginning with Books, Center for Early Literacy
5920 Kirkwood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
: 1-412-361-8560
Fax: 1-412-361-8567
Website: www.beginningwithbooks.org
     "The mission is to increase the numbers of children who become capable and enthusiastic lifelong readers. This is accomplished through research-based programs respectfully offering the information, materials, skill development, and encouragement that enable parents and other adults to promote the literacy development of the children in their care."
     What a wonderful program! Comforting to know there's an organization like this one around. The website is full of information and advice; easy to navigate, and obviously managed by a group of big-hearted, intelligent and imaginative people. It offers a good selection of books for children. -SB
     A great organization that goes beyond encouraging literacy for children; it offers tips for adults reading to their children, monthly book lists, guidelines for choosing books, and even book reviews. -LOL                                                                                                       The organization have more than 20 people working on the field as educators, parents, supporters, volunteers and kids. The target interesting child form 5 to up and  obviously  involve the family too, that feel emotionally take part in the growth of his son.-MDN  


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Council of the Great City Schools
1301 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Suite 702
Washington, D.C. 20004

Fax: 1-202-393-2400
     "A coalition of 63 of the nation's largest urban public school systems. Works to promote urban education through legislation, research, media relations, instruction, management, technology, and other special projects designed to improve the quality of urban education."
     Good site, great program, important mission. -SB
     Provides valuable information, statistics, articles and press releases on progress made in the educational field. -LOL                                                                                       
     High level of teaching. Good organization  and management for education of children and inspire the public's confidence. To engage parents have enough importance for the children too. - MDN
     Includes important information to provide education for children as well as adults.-DME


Donors Choose
347 West 36th Street
Suite 503
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 1-212-239-3615
E-mail: reyna@donorschoose.org
Website: www.donorschoose.org
     "Donors Choose is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. Here, teachers submit ideas for material or experience that their students need to learn. Individuals like you can choose a project and make it a classroom reality.
    Donors Choose can be a great help to teachers and students in poorly funded schools. It's an innovative, effective, and well-acclaimed program (read the NY Times article in the news section), with chapters in NYC, Chicago, North Carolina and the San Francisco Bay area. The website is just as wonderful. -SB
    Website includes great ways for any curious browser to get involved with the public education system and allows teachers' voices to be heard about what changes need to be made in schools in the USA. -LOL                                                                         
     Website bring in to focus the attention that the teacher have for the students about practice to be familiar with the study matters like math (require the to use the pencil). It is important for the basic training of the student, until to get on top of the matters.-MDN
     This site helps teachers keep in touch with student s studying skills in most subjects.-DME


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Education Commission of the States
700 Broadway, #1200 
Denver, Colorado 80203-3460
: 1-303-299-3600
Fax: 1-303-296-8332  
E-mail: www.ecs@ecs.org 
Website: www.ecs.org
     Updates on what's happening in the states by gathering, analyzing and disseminating information about current and emerging issues, trends and innovations in state education policy.
    A great place for students, activists, educators, researchers and the like to gather valuable and current information about education policies in each state. The website is well-organized and easy to navigate. -SB
    Contains interesting and informative articles on issues and solutions regarding public schools in the USA. -LOL

Education Trust
1250 H St. NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Fax: 1-202-293-2605
155 Grand Avenue Suite 1025
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 1-510-465-6444
Fax: 1-510-465-0859
E-mail: rali@edtrustwest.org
Website: www.edtrust.org
    The Education Trust works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels and forever closing the achievement gaps that separate low-income students and students of color from other youth. Our basic tenet is this — All children will learn at high levels when they are taught to high levels.
     Provides valuable information for students, parents, and faculty alike. -LOL
     This site can assist students to gain a better education to achieve high academic grades for students of all grades.-DME

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Experience Corps
2120 L Street, NW, Suite 610
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-478-6190
Fax: 202-478-6162
Email: info@experiencecorps.org
Website: www.experiencecorps.org

     "Experience Corps, an award-winning program, engages people over 55 in meeting their communities greatest challenges. Today, in 19 cities across the country, 2,000 Experience Corps members tutor and mentor elementary school students struggling to learn to read. Independent research shows that Experience Corps boosts student academic performance, helps schools and youth-serving organizations become more successful, and enhances the well-being of the older adults in the process."
     This site is good to empower old people by giving them an opportunity. -AM

342 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139

Phone: 1-617-864-4810
Fax: 1-617-497-2224

E-mail: Info@fairtest.org
Website: www.fairtest.org

     "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. We place special emphasis on eliminating the racial, class, gender, and cultural barriers to equal opportunity posed by standardized tests, and preventing their damage to the quality of education."
    Presents both the problems with, and solutions for, most of the public schools in the US. Strongly against the "No Child Left Behind Act" and biased standardized testing. -LOL                                                                                                                              .  
     The illustration of the center  generally  is without have to spell things out, instead to the others  organizations about the teacher, courses, time, rate and target. No information are about employment in the future. -MDN

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Foundation for Excellent Schools
1634 Route 30
Cornwall, VT 05753-9264
Phone: 1-802-462-3170
Fax: 1-802-462-3180
E-mail: info@fesnet.org
Website: www.fesnet.org
     "Committed to helping member schools in low-income communities identify, initiate, and sustain practices that will enable students to achieve stronger performance. Encourages increased aspirations and achievement for all students and works with each partnering school to create opportunities for each student to take "One More Step" in his or her education."
     An accomplished, committed and well-acclaimed organization. The website is neatly and professionally designed. -SB  I agree. -LOL                                                    
     The Organization seems professional with a good policy line about the students. The structure of the website is clearly and simply, with events, calendar, press room. -MDN
     A vey reliable source to use to help with the next step in your education.-DME

Milken Family Foundation Teacher Advancement Program (TAP)
1250 Fourth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 1-310-570-4800
E-mail: comm-gov@mff.org
Website: www.mff.org
     "TAP's goal is to draw more talented people to the teaching profession – and keep them there – by making it more attractive and rewarding to be a teacher. TAP helps teachers become the best they can be by giving them opportunities to learn better teaching strategies and holding them accountable for their performances.
     Informative website features extensive details on programs such as the "Teacher Advancement Program Foundation" and the "Milken National Education Conference." Very devoted to the cause of furthering teaching capabilities. -LOL                                     Basically the structure is a college. The level of the website is thorough.- MDN
     This site may improve and help many teachers teaching skills.-DME

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National Council on Teacher Quality
1225 19th Street NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

Fax: 1-202-222-0570
E-mail: info@nctq.org
Website: www.nctq.org

     "The National Council on Teacher Quality advocates for reforms in a broad range of teacher policies at the federal, state, and local levels. We urge a more market-sensitive approach to the structure of the profession, in order to encourage a more equitable distribution of the finest teachers to the schools that need them most. We seek to make a career in the classroom professionally satisfying."
     Very interesting website that features many recent and informative articles regarding legislation and programs affecting teachers throughout the USA. -LOL

National Institute for Urban School Improvement
1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 625
Denver, CO 80204
Fax: 1-303-556-6141

E-mail: niusi@edc.org
Website: www.urbanschools.org
     Mission is to support inclusive urban communities, schools and families to build their capacities for sustainable, successful urban education. The National Institute will accomplish this mission through dialogue, networking, technology, action research, information systems, alliance and consensus building.
     Organization focuses on helping schools in large urban communities, such as Cincinnati, Denver, District of Columbia, Houston, Miami, Chicago, and New York City districts. Very respectable cause with a determined organization to fight for it. -LOL

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National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington VA 22201
Website: www.nsta.org
     "Committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all, embracing diversity, providing professional development to support science education, and promoting interest and support for science education in society."
    Great site, strong organization. Read the articles, check out the links, subscribe to its newsletter. You may also want to donate to NSTA's City Science Project; and join its program, Building a Presence for Science . -SB
     Includes great resources for science teachers to use in creative and innovative lessons in the classroom. -LOL.                                                                                             .  
     The website show a lot of  interesting information about the organization. Science is a  matter that need knowledge and passion, and the  NSTA's prove himself on the matter.- MDN
     Convenient site that includes many articles that may help many science teachers with their daily lessons.-DME

Public Education Network (PEN)
601 Thirteenth Street NW
Suite 900 North
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 1-202-628-7460
Fax: 1-202-628-1893
E-mail: pen@publiceducation.org
Website: www.publiceducation.org
     "PEN seeks to build public demand and mobilize resources for quality
public education for all children through a theory of action that focuses on the importance of public engagement in school reform. PEN believes community engagement is the missing ingredient in school reform, and that the level of public involvement ultimately determines the quality of education provided by public schools."
       Includes several ways to get involved in your local school community and many facts on what's lacking in today's public education system.-LOL                                            First goal of the organization is the quality of the public education. They adapt teaching according to the local instruction level. They wrote "Your schools, your responsibility,  your future". It seems to me a sense of responsibility about the quality of the teaching,  above all for the target. - MDN
       Provides many ways to stay involved in your community by providing issues in today's society.-DME

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