Smart List: 40 Advocacy Orgs Making a Difference

Getting Smart is acknowledging people and organizations making a difference with a series of back to school top 10 lists. During August we will run about 40 ‘best of’ lists, not in order, not exhaustive, just people we appreciate.

Today we are recognizing 40 great policy and advocacy organizations. These groups put students first, set the path, and lead the conversation.

Equity Advocates


Digital & Competency-Based Learning Advocates

Policy Resources


State Advocacy Organizations

Who did we miss?  Who would you add?

Digital Learning Now! is a Getting Smart Advocacy Partner.  Tom is on the iNACOL board

Getting Smart Staff

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Mississippi First is definitely missing

Tom Vander Ark

On the long list of folks that belong on these lists:
-Parents for Choice in Education,‎, has been a leader in online & blended learning in UT & nationally
-Colorado Children's Campaign,‎, inspired by career in edu
-the other 50CAN orgs are great

tom Vander Ark

Annabelle Howard added: Here's what teachers are saying about my nonprofit program --The Common Core Digital Drama Festival

Alison Anderson

Chalkboard Project here in Oregon-

Tom Vander Ark

We left off some important advocates for quality options (it probably warrants another top 10 list) including National Association of Charter School Authorizers and National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Lucia Anderson Weathers

Lumina Foundation is missing!
Lumina is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025.
Lumina's Communications Director

Sophie Wallerstedt

"Policy Innovators Network" is actually "Policy Innovators in Education Network." You can find more rockstar state advocacy orgs on our website:

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