Education Advocacy Groups & Organizations

Instructor: Fola Rae
Education advocacy groups keep an eye on education policy to ensure students have equal access to educational resources so they can perform as well as possible. Read on to learn more about some of the groups and what they do, and find informative education resources.

Learning Disabilities Association of America

A big part of this organization's advocacy involves developing effective intervention strategies for individuals with learning disabilities and supporting research designed to recognize and reduce the factors that hinder some children intellectually. Additionally, the LDAA serves as a resource for parents who need help finding information related to their child's disability. The organization also hosts an annual conference where people working with children with learning disabilities can discuss such topics as issues affecting this population, instructional techniques and the latest electronic learning devices.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

The National Center for Learning Disabilities develops policy recommendations that focus on helping children and adults with disabilities get the resources they need to be successful as students, employees and members of their communities. The organization also provides a number of programs to keep parents, medical professionals and teachers informed about the challenges students with learning disabilities face and to help them navigate available services. Resources specially designed to help improve students' ability to read are offered as well.

21st Century School Fund

The 21st Century School Fund focuses on improving the physical condition of urban school buildings so that students can attend school in an environment that enables them to learn. This organization works to get a number of groups - including teacher and trade unions, research institutes, nonprofit organizations and parents - involved in facilities planning in local neighborhoods. It also works with state governments and local school districts to come up with funding that will allow schools to implement their plans for improvement.

The Education Trust

This organization pays special attention to the deficiencies in learning and academic progress of minority students and students whose parents are less fortunate. One of the organization's goals is to close these achievement gaps so that between kindergarten and college, students will be able to meet the required educational standards and become young adults who can fit in with society. To accomplish this, the Education Trust publishes reports from across the country about how well students are doing and works with teachers, legislators, parents and other community members to improve education policies and programs.

Parents for Public Schools

Ensuring that the education in public schools is as good as it can be is one of the main goals of this organization. It provides parents with the training and resources they need to participate in school board elections, navigate the processes involved in enrollment or advocate for students with disabilities. Parents can also become active in groups working to ensure that public schools get the funding they need to continue providing a good education to students. Thirteen states have branches of this organization that keep parents informed about the issues area public schools are facing.

Stand for Children

Stand for Children collaborates with parents and community members to push for policy changes that will enhance public school education. It also works to develop guidelines for ensuring schools have effective leadership, highly qualified teachers and curricula that will provide students with the academic skills they'll need to succeed in college.

Additional Education Resources offers resources that can give you additional information about what advocacy organizations do and help you explore some of the issues these groups are working to resolve. You can access the following video lessons and quizzes any time of day:

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