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American Bar Association

American Bar AssociationThe American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional association in the world. The Division for Public Education conducts educational programs that facilitate teaching, learning, and understanding of law, legal systems, and law-related issues in both academic and community settings.

American Democracy Project

American Democracy ProjectThe American Democracy Project is a multi-campus initiative to create intellectual and experiential understandings of civic engagement for undergraduates enrolled at institutions that are members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The project, developed by AASCU in collaboration with The New York Times, focuses on the development of informed graduates who are committed to lives of engagement as citizens in our democracy.

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington StateIn 1931, a Seattle ACLU Committee was formed, led by a UW student, a local lawyer, and a woman who was later to become a state senator. The group worked to secure political rights for unpopular activists, aid immigrants threatened with deportation, object to loyalty oaths for teachers, support a campaign to remove military training from the UW campus, and deplore beatings of Filipino farm workers in the Kent Valley. Today, the informal committee has grown into one of the strongest and most successful state ACLU affiliates in the country with a membership exceeding 20,000.

American Educational Studies Association

American Educational Studies AssociationThe AESA was established in 1968 as an international learned society for students, teachers, research scholars, and administrators who are interested in the foundations of education. The role of the AESA is to provide a cross-disciplinary forum wherein scholars gather to exchange and debate ideas. This cross-disciplinary commitment of the organization creates a landscape for the discussion of broader policy issues such as minority studies, gender studies, multicultural education, democracy, and issues of educational equality and equity.

The Anti-Defamation League

Anti-Defamation LeagueThe Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

Asian American Curriculum and Research Project

Asian American Curriculum and Research ProjectThe Asian American Curriculum and Research Project,  started at Western Washington University,  to provide instructional and resource materials for teachers and students, grades 4-12, on the immigrants from Asia and Asian Americans in the Pacific Northwest with a central focus on the incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry (Nikkei) during World War II. Through the collaboration of teachers, community members, scholars, museum educators, and archivists, and community organizations, the project compiled materials for dissemination to schools throughout the state and the Pacific Northwest region.  For more information, email Paul Englesberg.

Center for Education, Equity and Diversity

Center for Education, Equity and DiversityThe Center focuses on issues related to equity, diversity, self-exploration and identity, inter-group relations, multicultural education and democratic empowerment and civic engagement; particularly focusing on issues of retention and success for historically underrepresented populations. The mission and goals of the Center are based on the belief that all children and adults can learn and develop in a psychologically supportive and culturally affirming environment. The Center is committed to an intercultural dialogue that will lead to a vision of the kind of sustainable community we want to create with the next generation.

The Children's Defense Fund

The Children's Defense FundThe Children's Defense Fund exists to provide a strong and effective voice for all the children of America, who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. Our goal is to educate the nation about the needs of children and encourage preventive investment in children before they get sick, drop out of school, suffer family breakdown, or get into trouble.

The Choices Program

The The Choices Programseeks to empower young people with the skills, knowledge, and participatory habits to be engaged citizens who are capable of addressing international issues through thoughtful public discourse and informed decision making.

The Council of Exceptional Children

The worldwide mission The Council of Exceptional ChildrenThe Council for Exceptional Children is to improve educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities.
CEC, a non-profit association, accomplishes its mission which is carried out in support of special education professionals and others working on behalf of individuals with exceptionalities, by advocating for appropriate governmental policies, by setting professional standards, by providing continuing professional development, by advocating for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and by helping professionals achieve the conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Freedom Writers Foundation

Freedom Writers FoundationThe Freedom Writers Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1997, positively impacts communities by decreasing high school drop out rates through the replication and enhancement of the Freedom Writers Method. The organization's overall purpose is to create opportunities for students to reach their full academic potential and aspire to higher education; publicly and systematically promote an educational philosophy that values, upholds, and honors diversity; and inspire students to realize their roles as vital members of their communities.

The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)What is GLSEN? The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is the largest national organization that brings together teachers, parents, students, and concerned citizens to work together to end homophobia in our schools. Over a third of GLSEN members are non-gay, and an equal number work outside of schools.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American HistoryFounded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and love of American History. The Institute serves teachers, students, scholars, and the general public. The Institute maintains this website to serve as a portal for American History on the Web; to offer high-quality educational material for teachers, students, historians, and the public; and to provide up-to-date information about the Institute's programs and activities.

Global State of Washington

GGlobal State of Washington lobal Washington supports and promotes the global development industry in the state of Washington. A broad-based, statewide coalition of nonprofit organization, large corporations, small businesses and both public and private academic institutions, members of Global Washington share the goal of building a better world.

Institute for Educational Inquiry

The IEI is an Institute for Educational Inquiry, nonprofit corporation with conceptual and administrative links to the Center for Educational Renewal (CER) in the College of Education at the University of Washington. It is funded completely by the generous support of many philanthropic foundations dedicated to supporting education. The many funders of the Institute and Center are listed here. See the Center for Educational Renewal for the earlier history and genesis of the IEI.

International Network of Philosophers of Education

International Network of Philosophers of EducationFounded in 1988, INPE's aims are the promotion of ideological tolerance in the field of education and the facilitation of better understanding between different schools of thought; the exchange of information among participants, the encouragement of joint and comparative research, exchange of materials and co-operation in publishing; and the organization of biennial conferences where current issues are discussed in depth and where new initiatives may evolve.

John Dewey Society

John Dewey Society Founded in 1935, the John Dewey Society exists to keep alive John Dewey's commitment to the use of critical and reflective intelligence in the search for solutions to crucial problems in education and culture. They subscribe to no doctrine, but in the spirit of Dewey, they welcome controversy, respect dissent, and encourage the responsible discussions of issues of special concern to educators. They also promote open-minded, critical reconsiderations of Dewey's influential ideas about democracy, education, and philosophy.

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University is one of the preeminent centers for research and dialogue on ethical issues in critical areas of American life. The center works with faculty, staff, students, community leaders, and the public to address ethical issues more effectively in teaching, research, and action.

The Maxine Greene Foundation for Social Imagination, the Arts, and Education

The Maxine Greene FoundationThe Foundation is concerned with supporting the creation of and informed appreciation of works that embody fresh social visions, that move people to perceive alternative possibilities for the making of humane communities.

The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA)

The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA)The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (OBEMLA) to collect, analyze, and disseminate information relating to the effective education of linguistically and culturally diverse learners in the U.S.

PBS Teachers Resources

PBS Teachers ResourcesThis link provides a variety of links to "Teachers Activity Packs" for use inside the classroom. These packs include a variety different resources and subjects, including "American Identity," "Patriotism," "Politics & Art," "Unsung Heroes in African American History," and "World Religions."

The Philosophy of Education Society (PES)

The Philosophy of Education Society (PES)The PES was founded to promote the fundamental philosophic treatment of the problems of education and the clarification of agreements and differences among the several philosophies of education, to advance and improve teaching in the philosophy of education both in schools for the education of teachers and in other educational institutions, to cultivate fruitful relationships between workers in general philosophy and workers in philosophy of education, to cultivate fruitful relationships between scholars in philosophy of education and those in other areas of education, and to encourage promising students in the field of philosophy of education.

Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain

Philosophy of Education Society of Great BritainThe Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain exists to promote the study, teaching, and application of philosophy of education. Its website is a resource for information on the Society's upcoming activities and publications.

The Pluralism Project at Harvard University

The Pluralism Project at Harvard UniversityIn the past forty years, immigration has dramatically changed the religious landscape of the United States. Today, the encounter between people of different religious traditions takes place in our own cities and neighborhoods. In 1991, the Pluralism Project began a pioneering study of America's changing religious landscape. Through an expanding network of affiliates, the project documents the contours of our multi-religious society, explores new forms of interfaith engagement, and studies the impact of religious diversity in civic life.

Project Citizen

Project CitizenProject Citizen is a curricular program for middle, secondary, and post-secondary students, youth organizations, and adult groups that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feeling of political efficacy.

Rethinking Schools

Rethinking SchoolsFounded in 1986 by activist teachers, Rethinking Schools is a nonprofit, independent publisher of educational materials. We advocate the reform of elementary and secondary education, with a strong emphasis on issues of equity and social justice.

Teaching the Levees: A Resource to Support Democratic Dialogue and Civic Engagement


	 Teaching the LeveesTalking about race and class in America has never been easy. The tragedy of Hurricane Katrina provides an opportunity to renew the American conversation on this subject--a challenging agenda for our society today. Hurricane Katrina pierced public consciousness in ways that, however painful and disturbing, provide an opening for dialogues central to democratic citizenship. Coming to terms with the panoply of reasons for this failure will easily take a generation. What can be done now, however, is to seize the opportunity afforded by Spike Lee's film, When the Levees Broke, to encourage teachers, professors, and community leaders to use this celebrated artist's work as a platform to initiate conversations and creative projects about difficult issues.

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching ToleranceIn response to an alarming increase in hate crime among youth, the Southern Poverty Law Center began the Teaching Tolerance project in 1991 as an extension of the Center's legal and educational efforts. Through the generous support of Center donors, Teaching Tolerance offers free or low- cost resources to educators at all levels.

Woodring Diversity Initiatives

Woodring College of Education is committed to transformational change that supports increased understanding and respect for differences and similarities among people and cultures.

University of Maryland Diversity Database

University of Maryland Diversity DatabaseThe University of Maryland's Diversity Database is a comprehensive resource index of multicultural and cultural diversity resources.

Whatcom Day Academy

Whatcom Day AcademyWhatcom Day Academy, located in Bellingham, Washington, is an independent, non-sectarian and non-profit school serving students from age 3 through 15. They offer a high quality, challenging academic program that inspires students to realize their full intellectual and personal potential.

Whatcom Human Rights Task Force

Whatcom Human Rights Task ForceThe mission of the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force is to promote and protect the rights of the human family. The WHRTF works to ensure an individual's right to be treated with dignity and to live without fear of violence, intimidation, or discrimination based on group identification or personal characteristics.


American Indians in Children's LiteratureAmerican Indians in Children's Literature

This blog presents "critical perspectives of indigenous peoples in children's books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society-at-large.

Education Policy Blog

Education Policy BlogWelcome to Education Policy Blog, a multiblog about the ways that educational foundations can inform educational policy and practice! The blog is written by a group of people who are interested in the state of education today, and who bring to this interest a set of perspectives and tools developed in the disciplines known as the "foundations" of education: philosophy, history, curriculum theory, sociology, economics, and psychology.

Social Issues Blog

Social Issues BlogThe blog of the John Dewey Society‚Äôs Commission on Social Issues. The Commission on Social Issues exists to encourage reflection on pressing social, cultural and educational issues. The blog is authored by college faculty members, teachers, and others bringing progressive and  pragmatist viewpoints to contemporary issues. The authors encourage the use of the blog in classrooms and invite new authors to join us.