Mychael Dickerson, the award-winning chief communications officer for Baltimore County Public Schools, discusses how his district engages parents, students, school staff and other stakeholders.
The Learning First Alliance is a self-initiated partnership of 14 of the nation’s leading education organizations. Member organizations represent educators, parents, and policymakers. The 14 members are:
- American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
- AASA: The School Superintendents Association
- American Federation of Teachers
- American School Counselor Association
- Consortium for School Networking
- International Society for Technology in Education
- Learning Forward
- National Association of Elementary School Principals
- National Association of Secondary School Principals
- National Education Association
- National PTA
- National School Boards Association
- National School Public Relations Association
- Phi Delta Kappa International
Member organizations each host major meetings each year. Learn more about these conferences.
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to the highest quality professional development of teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning. AACTE’s mission is to promote the learning of all PK-12 students through high-quality, evidence-based preparation and continuing education for all school personnel. The 800 institutions holding AACTE membership represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam.
Founded in 1865, AASA: The School Superintendents Association is one of the longest-standing professional education leadership organizations in the nation. Its more than 15,000 national and international members include superintendents, central office administrators, principals, and board members, as well as professors and others who prepare educators for leadership positions. AASA's focuses on four major areas of work. These areas include:
- Improving the condition of children and youth;
- Preparing schools and school systems for the 21st century;
- Connecting schools and communities; and
- Enhancing the quality and effectiveness of school leaders.
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators. The AFT strives to represent its members, strengthen public education, and address issues that affect all children and working Americans.
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to approximately 29,000 professional school counselors around the globe.
ASCD (doing business as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. Comprising 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. The nonprofit's diverse, nonpartisan membership is its greatest strength, projecting a powerful, unified voice to decision makers around the world. The association provides expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building and educational leadership essential to the way educators learn, teach and lead.
CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for district technology leaders. For over two decades, CoSN has provided leaders with the management, community building, and advocacy tools they need to succeed. Today, CoSN represents over 10 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. ISTE represents more than 100,000 education leaders and emerging leaders throughout the world and informs its members regarding educational issues of national and global scope. ISTE membership is a powerful and meaningful way for educators to connect with peers, to gather in a variety of forums to share the challenges and excitement of teaching, and to be part of a community that leads the transformation of education.
Learning Forward’s purpose is ensuring that every educator engages in effective professional learning every day so every student achieves. Learning Forward is an international association of learning educators focused on increasing student achievement through more effective professional development.
Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) serves 27,000 elementary and middle school principals nationwide. Dedicated to educational excellence and high professional standards among K-8 educators, NAESP works at the national, state and local levels to help school leaders provide the best possible education to the children and youth. Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, NAESP has an affiliate in every state and the District of Columbia.
In existence since 1916, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the preeminent organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assitant principals, and aspiring school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The mission of NASSP is to promote excellence in school leadership. NASSP provides its members with the professional research-base and peer-tested resources, and practical tools and materials they need to serve as visionary school leaders. NASSP also promotes the intellectual growth, academic achivevement, character and leadership development, and physical well-being of youth. NASSP is proud to have founded and to administer the National Honor Society®, the National Junior Honor Society®, and the National Association of Student Counsils®.
The National Education Association (NEA) is America's oldest and largest organization committed to advancing the cause of public education. Founded in 1857 in Philadelphia and now headquartered in Washington, D.C., NEA has 2.5 million members who work at every level of education, from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliates in every state as well as in over 13,000 local communities across the United States.
The National PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer association in the United States, working exclusively on behalf of children and youth for over 100 years. The National PTA consists of more than 6.5 million members, over 26,000 local units in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Pacific Congress, and European Congress (serving Department of Defense schools overseas). Members include parents, teachers, students, and other child advocates.
Founded in 1940, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is a not-for-profit organization representing state associations of school boards and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Working with and through our state associations, NSBA advocates for equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership.
Since 1935, the National School Public Relations Association has been providing school communication training and services to school leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and the U.S. Dependent Schools worldwide. NSPRA's mission is to advance education through responsible communication leading to success for all students. They accomplish that mission by providing a variety of diverse products, services and professional development activities for their members and other education leaders and organizations interested in improving their communication efforts.
Phi Delta Kappa is an international association for professional educators. The organization's mission is to promote quality education as essential to the development and maintenance of a democratic way of life by providing innovative programs, relevant research, visionary leadership, and dedicated service.