Advocacy to Watch: 2019 Eddies! Nominees
August 13, 2019

One of our greatest strengths as a Network is working together to spread impact and know-how. In that spirit, the Eddies!—advocate-nominated awards—provide an annual opportunity to feature excellent policymaking and advocacy campaigns from the past year, telling the story of how education policy was advanced one state at a time.

Great advocates know that they don’t take credit for policy decisions—that belongs to policymakers.

At the same time, advocacy is tough work, and investments that yield outsized impact are worth spotlighting.

Please join us in recognizing the slate of talented advocates nominated for this year’s awards—and if you’re a Network member or partner, submit your vote for the Eddies! winners by Aug. 30.

A selection committee made up of nine state advocates and national partners selected top finalists in each category. The winners of each category (as determined by Network members’ votes) will be announced Thursday, September 26 at the PIE Network 2019 Summit.

  • Game Changer of the Year recognizes a member or partner state advocacy campaign that led to a truly game changing policy or protected a critical existing policy.
  • Best Defense highlights campaigns that strategically defended important policy; sometimes the biggest wins are actually holding the line. This is the first time work has been recognized in this category.
  • Best Kept Secret honors big advances in (or defenses of) policy that didn’t get big press.
  • Most Actionable Research covers resources or tools that were widely applicable to state-level advocacy and broadly leveraged across the Network to help advocates make a compelling case for policy change.
  • Best Ensemble Cast features coalitions that were artfully organized to respond to particular opportunities or challenges in their states, contributed to a policy win, and are worthy of replication.

Closer to Summit, we look forward to sharing the nominees for Network MVP, which will be determined via live voting by Summit attendees.

Top 2019 Nominees

Game Changer of the Year

  • Colorado Succeeds: Supporting Multiple Pathways by Incentivizing Industry Credentials
  • Educate Texas, Texas Aspires, Teach Plus Texas, Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium, InvestEdTX Coalition (including Stand for Children Texas and more)Strategic and Equitable School Finance Reform
  • Foundation for Florida’s Future: Empowering Low- and Middle-Income Families in Florida with the Power of Choice
  • Stand for Children Washington, Black Education Strategy Roundtable, Partnership for Learning, Democrats for Education Reform Colorado, and BEST NC: Reducing Barriers to Advanced Course Access for Underrepresented Students
  • TennesseeCAN, American Federation for Children, Beacon Center of Tennessee, and Foundation for Excellence in Education: Creation of an Education Savings Account program

Learn more about the 2019 finalists and see a complete list of nominees in this category.

Best Defense

  • A+ Education Partnership (with Thomas B. Fordham Institute): Stop the ‘Abolish Common Core’ Bill in the Alabama Legislature
  • American Federation for Children and Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd): Successful Defense of the Scholarship Program in Nevada
  • EdAllies: Defending Tiered Licensure in Minnesota
  • Empower Illinois: Protecting School Choice for Low-income Illinois Students
  • NewMexicoKidsCAN: Defense of High-Quality Assessments

Learn more about the 2019 nominees in this category.

Best Kept Secret

  • BEST NC: Improving Principal Preparation and Principal Pay
  • Colorado Succeeds: Statewide Focus on Making Colorado’s Education System More Agile, Starting with New Ways to Support Student Learning in High School
  • ConnCAN and Educators for Excellence-Connecticut: Prioritizing Minority Teacher Recruitment and Retention
  • Tennessee SCORE, Tennesseans for Student Success, TennesseeCAN and the Tennessee Charter School Center: Preserving Reforms amid Leadership Turnover
  • The Education Trust-West, EdVoice, Teach Plus California, Data Quality Campaign: Long-Overdue Cradle to Career Student Data System in California

Learn more about the 2019 finalists and see a complete list of all nominees in this category.

Most Actionable Research

  • Data Quality Campaign (DQC): Growth Data: It Matters, and It’s Complicated
  • Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd): Five-Part CTE Playbook Series
  • GO Public Schools West Contra Costa: GO West Contra Costa’s Kids Can Report
  • National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ): A Fair Chance: Simple Steps to Strengthen and Diversify the Teacher Workforce
  • TNTP: The Opportunity Myth

Learn more about the 2019 finalists and see a complete list of all nominees in this category.

Best Ensemble Cast

  • Full Day K (DFER Colorado, Colorado Succeeds, Stand for Children Colorado, TeachPlus Colorado, Colorado League of Charter Schools): Full-Day K
  • GeorgiaCAN and Foundation for Excellence in Education (and other non-Network partners): Career-Focused Computer Science Coursework
  • The Colorado Right To Know Coalition (A+ Colorado, Colorado League of Charter Schools, DFER Colorado, Students for Education Reform): Pushing for the release of more education data from the state
  • The Education Trust–New York and Educators for Excellence-New York: Policies that increase access for students of color to rigorous courses

Learn more about the 2019 finalists and see a complete list of all nominees in this category.

Winners in each category will be announced at the PIE Network Summit during the evening of Thursday, Sept. 26. Network members and partners can click here to submit their votes.


    Ashley Schmidt

    Ashley is PIE Network's Senior Director of Member Engagement & Communications


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