We are excited to recognize the following 50 great policy and advocacy organizations. These are the groups 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

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  1. I’d add the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, which is a resource and/or partner with many organizations on this list. P21 continues to be a unique consortium, supported by a bipartisan Congressional 21st Century Skills Caucus, committed to 21st century learning for all students.

  2. Parents for Choice in Education in Utah, of course. We’ve led the nation in groundbreaking legislation – first to successfully initiate and pass a course choice law in the U.S based on 10 Elements of Digital Learning and first to initiate and pass a Student Data Backpack law after being challenged by Tom VanderArk to do so. Those are just two of many laws related to choice and innovation initiated and passed by us.

  3. Add EntreEd, The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education for advocacy of entrepreneurship education in K-14. EntreEd just received a 3-year grant to expand the America’s Entrepreneurial Schools initiative into a 5 state region in Appalachia.

  4. Students United! This is a nonprofit that is run BY students, its board of directors are the student body presidents from each of the universities it represents. The organization just got an affirmative consent policy passed for 54 colleges and universities. https://www.studentsunited.org


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