The following educator advocacy organizations have signed on to support Learning Forward and NCTAF with the Agents for Learning competition. These organizations will support educator teams’ participation in the competition and deepen their engagement in advocating for the meaningful implementation of ESSA.
American Federation of Teachers
The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare, and public services for our students, their families, and our communities.
“The AFT is excited to sponsor a team of teachers for the Agents for Learning competition,” said AFT president Randi Weingarten. “This competition is a fantastic way for teachers to be heard on what they need to improve their own practice and boost student learning. All of the submitted plans—not just the winning proposal—will give federal, state, and district policymakers a good sense of the voids that need to be filled so that teachers are supported and can be agents for learning for all our kids.”
Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. CAP’s aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.
“We are pleased to partner with Learning Forward and NCTAF in the Agents for Learning competition through the webinars and sponsorship of a team,” said Catherine Brown, vice president, education and policy at the Center for American Progress. “We all want to see ESSA succeed for the sake of our students and teachers. What better way to ensure success than to include the experts – our teachers.”
Corwin, dedicated to "Helping Educators Do Their Work Better," provides solutions for PreK-12 educators. Corwin books and multimedia resources range from very practical, experience-based resources to more reflective or research-based titles, and are written for a diverse set of professionals—school principals, administrators, specialists, teachers, counselors, consultants, teacher educators, and collegiate-level students.
Council of Chief State School Officers
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the U.S. CCSSO is committed to ensuring that all students participating in our public education system -- regardless of background -- graduate prepared for college, careers, and life.
"The Council of Chief State School Officers is committed to supporting all states as they transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act and work to best meet the needs of all kids. To achieve this goal, we are helping states attract, prepare, develop and retain effective educators. We are proud to partner with Learning Forward and other organizations to engage educators and create meaningful professional learning opportunities throughout a teacher’s career,” said CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich.
Educators 4 Excellence
Educators 4 Excellence works to ensure that the voices of classroom teachers are included in the decisions that affect our profession and our students. E4E envisions an elevated, prestigious teaching profession in which educators are leaders both in and outside of their classrooms to drive positive outcomes for students.
"Agents for Learning represents the kind of critical shift long overdue in the opportunities educators are provided through education policy," said Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Educators for Excellence Evan Stone. "The more ESSA can foster programs like Agents for Learning, the more teachers' expertise, experiences, and input will inform education policy and the better our education policy will be."
Hope Street Group www.hopestreetgroup.org
Hope Street Group is a network-driven organization dedicated to expanding the access of every American to the tools that lead to economic opportunity. Hope Street Group develops and accelerates platforms and policies that strengthen the top drivers of economic opportunity: education, health, and jobs.
“We are excited about this unique opportunity to sponsor a team and support this event,” said Tabitha Grossman, national director of education policy and partnerships at Hope Street Group. “Whenever teachers work collaboratively to provide input to and potentially shape decisions that affect them directly, the outcomes are significantly more positive.”
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.
“The National Board is excited to partner with Learning Forward and NCTAF on the Agents for Learning initiative,” said Peggy Brookins, National Board Certified Teacher and President & CEO of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. “This initiative capitalizes on ESSA’s emphasis on stakeholder involvement and will provide National Board Certified Teachers with an opportunity to take charge of teacher quality efforts in their states and districts. National Board Certified Teachers are instructional experts who have proven their teaching meets the highest standards in the profession and will be able to provide great insight as to how to design and implement teacher quality initiatives that will build a continuum of teaching excellence.”
National Education Association
The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.
“NEA and its 3 million members are proud to support Learning Forward and NCTAF’s recently announced competition ‘Agents for Learning’,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia. “Our nation’s educators know better than anyone what our students need to succeed, and this is a creative avenue for them to have their voices heard. We are excited to sponsor two teams of educators and look forward to their unique, creative ideas for professional development opportunities under ESSA. No one is more excited than our educators for the chance that the Act provides for our students in the classroom, especially those students who are most in need. They are excited about the opportunity to help lead the change ahead of us and they are ready to chart new pathways for our students’ success.”
Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-K to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. The company creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, classroom magazines, and other products that, in combination, offer schools customized and comprehensive solutions to support children’s learning both at school and at home.
The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that affect their students’ success. Teach Plus' three flagship programs—Teaching Policy Fellowship, T3 Initiative, and C2 Initiative—are designed to engage and support teacher leaders in transforming the system.
"We are delighted to collaborate with a great group of education leaders through this competition,” said Alice Johnson Cain, executive vice president, policy and partnerships at Teach Plus. “The more we can involve teachers, the better it will be for states and districts in making ESSA work and building stronger professional learning systems."