As the PIE Network continues to grow, more members than ever before plan to pursue advocacy & policy efforts across a wider range of issue areas. Click here to explore the full 2019 Network Member Priorities overview.
- Interest in issues that affect school climate and culture continues to expand, particularly social and emotional learning, mental health supports, and school discipline.
- Members in five states plan to prioritize parent, student, educator, or community-wide engagement initiatives.
- Advocates across the Network offered to share expertise on a variety of advocacy strategies, ranging from coalition-building to strategic communications.
Twenty-six PIE Network members in 13 states and D.C. are planning to prioritize emerging issues or additional issues in 2019.
Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who plan to work on similar policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Eric for an introduction.
School Climate & Culture
- CO Teach Plus Colorado: Social emotional learning
- DC FOCUS: Support initiative to put an additional 25 million dollars into city-supported mental health services for students
- DC PAVE: Increase mental health supports and trauma-informed training in schools
- IL Educators for Excellence-Chicago: Support advocacy pertaining to our School Climate & Culture Campaign, particularly regarding mental health of educators
- IL Teach Plus Illinois: Create tool to assist teachers in providing SEL and trauma-informed practice in schools
- WA League of Education Voters: Provide mental health and other student support resources in every school
- WA Stand for Children Washington: Increase funding for guidance counselors
- CO Teach Plus Colorado: School-to-prison pipeline
- IN Stand for Children Indiana: Support continued research and implementation of improved school discipline models across the state
- MN EdAllies: Replace school pushout with practices that promote long-term improvements to student behavior
- MN Educators for Excellence-Minnesota: Address racial discipline disparities in discipline by improving reporting, increasing student and parent rights, limiting the use of suspensions in certain instances, and providing trainings on non-exclusionary alternatives
- TN Stand for Children Tennessee: Advocacy for impacting discipline reform with pilot prevention/support (trauma-informed, SEL, restorative) programs in schools and increase in student support staffing (counselors, social workers, behavioral specialists)
Community Engagement Initiatives
- CA Innovate Public Schools: Train organizers and parents from across the country on building effective parent power to drive educational equity
- DE DelawareCAN: Increase participation in our community training programs to support parent advocates
- IL Educators for Excellence-Chicago: Engage in statewide education partnership coalitions
- OR Chalkboard Project: Support community-based organizations as a partner
- TN Campaign for School Equity: Launch our inaugural conference on education equity for Tennessee students and educators
- DE Rodel Foundation of Delaware: Expand the state’s support for social and emotional learning and personalized learning
- FL Foundation for Florida’s Future: Give flexibility to districts participating in personalized learning programs and open the law to additional district
- RI Teach Plus Massachusetts: Increase understanding and support for personalized learning initiative among parents, teachers, and business community in Rhode Island
- Multiple States Foundation for Excellence in Education: Support dozens of states’ implementation of next generation learning policies that include personalized learning and competency-based education
- CA Innovate Public Schools: Pilot and advance local campaign to improve special education in San Jose Unified
- WA Black Education Strategy Roundtable: Special education funding
- WA League of Education Voters: Provide adequate and effective funding for special education programs that encourages best practices in inclusion and serving students
English Language Learners
- AZ Stand for Children Arizona: Reform English Language Learner program
- CA Teach Plus California: Provide districts with tools for intervening with students at-risk of being long-term English learners
- AZ Expect More Arizona: Identify and support student needs, including mechanisms to address the achievement gaps
- LA DFER Louisiana: Advancing a progressive, reform-minded advocacy plan in East Baton Rouge Parish focused on PR campaign, policy changes within portfolio management, facilities and budget, and advocating for new leadership and superintendent
- OR Chalkboard Project: Build technical assistance support for community design and measure implementation
- TN SCORE: Champion and maintain support for the student-focused policies and practices that have driven unprecedented progress in student achievement, equity, and excellence
- TN TennesseeCAN: Defend progress on key education reforms as the state transitions to a new administration
Expertise on this Issue
Advocates from across the Network have offered to thought partner on the following issues within this policy area:
- Brian Rivas, The Education Trust-West: Tool kit for supporting undocumented students
- Julie Smith, Chalkboard Project: Continuous improvement model that centers lived experiences of students and families
- Lindsay Semph, Educators for Excellence-Chicago: School climate and culture
- Neil Kirschling, Rodel Foundation of Delaware: Social and emotional learning
- Rebecca Gau, Stand for Children Arizona: Advocacy for English language learners
- Shannon Mitchell, Educators for Excellence-Minnesota: Discipline policy at the state, district, and school level
- Sinthu Ramalingam, Empower Illinois: Gifted, low income students
- Brian Gutman, The Education Trust-Midwest: Shaping the policy conversation among the general public and key stakeholders through intensive media and reporting efforts
- Brianna Aloisio, Stand for Children Massachusetts: Best practices on change management and organizing tactics
- Dan Schaller, Colorado League of Charter Schools: Coalition building
- Daniel Walker, DelawareCAN: Strategic communications and youth engagement
- Dave Powell, Stand for Children Washington: Campaign planning
- Erin Hart, Expect More Arizona: Use of Salesforce, Phone 2 Action
- Gary Newton, Arkansas Learns: Empowering parental advocates for excellent, equitable education
- Jack Holzman, GO Public Schools: Parent/family leadership development (c4)
- Kerry Savage, PAVE: Extensive community engagement work, including feedback sessions and canvassing, around Out of School Time Programs, and D.C.’s master facilities plan
- Leslie Leavoy, DFER Louisiana: Executing PR campaigns in multiple cities; connecting with progressive and/or intersectional organizations.
- Linda Noonan, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education: Building a statewide business network for education advocacy
- Marcus Brandon, NorthCarolinaCAN: How to use split government in your favor; targeted legislation
- Neil Kirschling, Rodel Foundation of Delaware: Coalition building; data visuals
- Parasa Chanramy, Stand for Children Oregon: Multi-year campaigns
- Peter Franzen, CEAM: Communications program; canvassing and outreach
- Rebecca Gau, Stand for Children Arizona: Grassroots community outreach
- Shirline Wilson, DFER Washington: Change management and transformation leadership facilitation
- Steven Almazan, Educators for Excellence-Los Angeles: How to build community partners and strong partnerships with coalitions
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