It is important for us all to be making our voices heard in conversations about education policy and funding. Now more than ever, considering our current political climate and the changing world around us, it is our responsibility to be spreading the word about what makes a high-quality learning experience that can prepare students for a future of uncertainty and change.

That being said, however, we know how hard it can be to find the time and energy to get involved in the conversation. That’s why today, we are excited to take a moment to recognize the following 55 great policy and advocacy organizations that are putting students first, illuminating the path to change and leading the most pressing conversations.

Equity Advocates

Personalized & Competency-Based Learning Advocates

Policy Advisors & Resources

State Advocacy Organizations

Who did we miss? Who would you add? Share in the comments section below, and to see more of our past lists, check out our Smart List Series Page.

Looking ahead, our February theme is “Readiness for All”, covering topics such as CTE, Innovative College Programs, Mentorship & Coaching, and Bootcamps. Keep an eye out for our February Smart Lists, which will include features on top HigherEd innovators, CTE game-changers, and organizations doing good work for post-secondary access and equity.

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