American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation, disseminating research results and their practical application. AERA has 25,000 members which include “educators; administrators; directors of research; persons working with testing or evaluation in federal, state and local agencies; counselors; evaluators; graduate students; and behavioral scientists.” The association “strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.”
A Blog About School: a Parent’s Thoughts about School in Iowa City and Beyond is all about keeping up with what’s happening in the local school district. Every town and city should have a Chris Liebig who raises the tough questions concerning children and their schools.
Bridging Differences from Education Week showcases educator Deborah Meier who professionally blogs about the issues affecting education, students, teachers, and schools. For awhile the series included a vivid debate with Diane Ravitch. Check to see who she is working out critical differences with today!
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is a boutique investigative research and reporting group with a demonstrated capacity to break major news stories and highlight the work of advocates. Located in Madison, Wisconsin, it is a national, non-profit watchdog organization, founded in 1993. CMD’s niche is investigating and exposing the undue influence of corporations and front groups on public policy, including PR campaigns, lobbying, and electioneering. CMD’s original reporting helps educate the public and aids grassroots action about policies affecting people’s lives—their rights and the health of our democracy. CMD publishes PRWatch.org, ALECexposed.org, and SourceWatch.org.
Cybrary Man’s Educational Web Sites is truly an internet library of links for students, teachers, parents, administrators on every kind of topic. And there are even links to how to clean your house! I could look at this website all day. It truly is phenomenal. It was created by and is run by Jerry Blumengarten who taught for 32 years and wrote curriculum and served in other education jobs as well.
Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) is a Chicago group trying to save public schools from being closed and much more. The Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) is committed to democratic principles in the governance, pedagogy, and culture of our public schools, and they believe that every child has a constitutional civil and human right to a high quality, equitably funded, public education based on
1. participatory democratic principles,
2. community empowerment,
3. a challenging comprehensive and enriched curriculum,
4. respect for cultural diversity, and
5. Universal Human Rights.
The GEM wants students prepared to understand the roots of inequality and to act to change the world.
The Institute for Educational Inquiry (IEI) provides professional development in the areas of teaching diversity; integrating teaching of the arts into elementary teacher preparation; the development of faculty leadership skills in schools, colleges of education, and the arts and sciences. They work to establish greater understanding between journalists, educators and the community. The IEI is associated with the National Network for Education Renewal/Center for Renewal.
No Kid Hungry is an organization that addresses hungry children. I know it is corporate and I’m not sure how it is run, but they point out that sixty-two percent of teachers see students in their classrooms who are hungry. Check out this website and see what you think. Perhaps the corporations are doing something good here. Better yet, check on the food banks where you live and help out or send them a check.
Sam Chaltain Democracy. Learning. Voice. is a DC-based writer and strategic communications consultant. He uses his training and experience as a high school and undergraduate teacher to help individuals and organizations find and tell stories that capture the emotional center of an idea; build and sustain an audience of supporters over time (as opposed to merely generating awareness); and leverage both traditional and new media in order to expand an organization’s base of support.
Previously, Sam was the National Director of the Forum for Education & Democracy, an education advocacy organization, and the founding director of the Five Freedoms Project, a national program that helps K-12 educators create more democratic learning communities.
The U.S. Department of Education has everything you need to know about what is happening today with education whether you agree with it or not. Pay attention!
Zinn Education Project is by Howard Zinn, the historian and social activist, who developed the Zinn Education Project—teaching materials and reading material pertaining to education, civil rights, and activism. This is a must for anyone in the struggle to keep public education.
Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation: Jonathan Kozol
American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community by Sam Chaltain
Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization by Yong Zhao
Death at an Early Age: The Destruction of the Hearts and Minds of Negro Children in the Boston Public Schools by Jonathan Kozol
Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America by Jonathan Kozol
The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future by Linda Darling-Hammond
World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students by Yong Zhao
The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America by Jonathan Kozol