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Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS)
CGCS is a coalition of nearly 60 of the nation's largest urban public school systems. Founded in 1956 and, CGCS is located in Washington DC, where it works to promote urban education through legislation, research, media relations, instruction, management, technology, and other special projects designed to improve the quality of urban education. CGCS serves as the national voice for urban educators, providing ways to share promising practices and address common concerns.

Critical Exposure
Critical Exposure is a nonprofit that teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change. By empowering young people to develop skills as documentary photographers and advocates, we expose citizens and policymakers to the reality of inadequate schools and low-income communities through the eyes of the youth who confront those realities every day. We use a unique, three-pronged approach that combines art and advocacy: 1.Youth Empowerment. Train students in documentary photography, leadership, and advocacy; teach them how to document issues that directly affect their lives through their personal stories; and help them use their photos, writing, and voices to build support for policies that will address those issues. 2.Public Engagement. Inform and engage the public through traveling exhibits of students’ photographs and writing that are shown in art galleries, libraries, coffee shops, state capitols, and other public and legislative spaces. 3.Policy Change. Partner with advocacy and community organizations to implement creative strategies that use youth photography and voice to strengthen campaigns for improved public policies that directly impact youth lives. Critical Exposure was founded in 2004 by two photographers with education backgrounds —a teacher/community organizer and an education policy analyst. The policy changes required to ensure adequacy and equity in our schools and communities won't happen without widespread recognition of injustice and a collective sense of responsibility to address it.

Education Facilities Clearinghouse (EFC)

High-performing education facilities enhance student achievement, promote health and safety, reap cost savings, and foster positive community engagement.

The Education Facilities Clearinghouse (EFC) collects and disseminates resources on effective practices for the planning, design, financing, procurement, construction, improvement, operation, and maintenance of safe, healthy, and high-performing elementary and secondary schools.

Resources are accessible on the EFC website at www.efc.gwu.edu.

In addition, free technical assistance for eligible schools and/or school divisions is available. Training for individuals in leadership positions who are responsible for construction and/or maintenance of elementary and secondary education facilities is also offered.

Contact askefc@gwu.edu or 1-800-EFC-0938 for more information.

Education Law Center (ELC)
ELC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of equal educational opportunity for poor children and children with disabilities in New Jersey. ELC achieves its mission by promoting systemic school reform and by enforcing and expanding the rights of individual students to a thorough, efficient and appropriate education under state and federal law. Strategies used include: research, parent and community education & training, advocacy, coalition building and, where necessary, litigation.

Healthy Schools Campaign
Healthy Schools Campaign, an independent not-for-profit organization, is the leading authority on healthy school environments and a voice for people who care about our environment, our children, and education. Our mission is to advocate for policies and practices that allow all students, teachers and staff to learn and work in a healthy school environment. HSC accomplishes this work by addressing issues of environmental health and wellness in schools. We prepare school stakeholders — students, parents, teachers, school nurses, administrators, community members and others — to become leaders in efforts to create change at the school, district, state and national levels. By working with this diverse group of stakeholders, we advocate for change in the school environment and raise awareness of the ways that the air children breathe, the food they eat and the opportunities they have to be physically active shape their health and learning for a lifetime.

Healthy Schools Network
Healthy Schools Network, Inc., is the leading national voice for children's environmental health at school and a national-award-winning 501(c)3 not-for-profit environmental health organization. Founded in 1995, we launched the national healthy schools movement with comprehensive state policies and a model coalition that have been shared and replicated widely since 1997. As EPA and CDC Partners, our expertise is also recognized by Congress, university centers, NGOs, and the media. To protect our voice for children, we do not endorse products or accept support from chemical companies or vendors.

Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL)
IEL's mission is to improve education - and the lives of children and their families - through positive and visionary change. IEL strives to achieve this mission by bringing together diverse constituencies and empowering leaders with knowledge and applicable ideas.

Institute for Wisconsin's Future (IWF)
IWF is a statewide policy research and community information center established in 1994 to increase public awareness about key policy issues in Wisconsin. Over the past seven years, IWF has completed 25 research reports on wages, welfare, housing, taxes, and education. IWF also coordinated seven major conferences, held over 230 workshops, and talked to thousands of other Wisconsinites through newsletters and the media. In the area of education, IWF has conducted three studies on education finance and met with thousands of parents, teachers, school administrators, and school board members to discuss school-funding problems.

KnowledgeWorks Foundation (KWF)
KWF provides funding and leadership for education initiatives throughout Ohio. We believe that education is the key to the success of individuals and society. KWF is dedicated to removing barriers to education for all individuals and is working to create partnerships that will produce measurably better educational results throughout the state. KWF was created in 1998 as a charitable foundation through the reorganization of the Student Loan Funding Corporation and with more than $200 million in assets, KWF is Ohio's largest public education philanthropy.

National Association of State Boards of Education
The National Association of State Boards of Education is the only national organization giving voice and adding value to the nation’s State Boards of Education. A non-profit organization founded in 1958, NASBE works to strengthen state leadership in educational policymaking, promote excellence in the education of all students, advocate equality of access to educational opportunity, and assure continued citizen support for public education.

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