Become a Member

If you are interested in learning more about PIE Network membership or partnership, please email ashley@pie-network.org

PIE Network members are nonpartisan in ideas and bipartisan in approach, providing a consistent, evidence-based, and credible public voice in the process of education policymaking. Learn more about the Network here. While members of the PIE Network may not always agree on issues unique to their states, they share a common commitment to core policy pillars and values.

Benefits of Membership

1. You’ll be connected.

Fellow members are working on what you’re working on. They’ve been through what you’re going through. They understand the challenges of your unique role in a way no one else can. Your work is seen and validated. You’ll be less isolated. You’ll get needed perspective.

2. You’ll think bigger.

Membership in the Network shifts your thinking and expands your mind.  A nonpartisan group with diverse perspectives, members come at the same issue from different angles, in an environment that supports risk tasking and challenging conversation. Members value success and failure equally, so you’ll learn from their mistakes and their wins.

3. You’ll work smarter.

Membership in the Network makes everyone smarter and more efficient. Members share their best work, sharpest tools, and strongest ideas, helping each other save money, time, and resources. You won’t have to reinvent the wheel. You’ll actually improve the wheel.

4. You’ll give back.

Membership in the Network provides you with opportunities to lead—to give as well as get. It’s a two-way street. While you’re learning, you’re also teaching.

Costs and Requirements

The PIE Network charges no dues because your time and insight are so much more valuable to the Network.  These two significant organizational commitments are an organization’s “dues” for membership:

  • Participation of lead executive

    • The organizations working together through the Network know that the Network’s value is built through a commitment to giving as well as getting. This means a commitment to be present to support colleagues as well as benefiting from the support of colleagues from across the country. Because lead executives set the tone for their teams, we ask leaders of all PIE Network organizations to prioritize attending at least one in-person PIE Network event every year (preferably the Spring Executives’ Meeting and/or the fall Summit). As in-person meetings continue to be hosted virtually, we ask that executives commit to participating in at least three virtual meetings throughout the year. Engagement is reviewed annually and nonparticipating organizations risk losing membership if a clear pattern of disengagement is evident. (Note: We hope all staff at member organizations actively participate in Network offerings; however, Network membership is monitored based on executive participation.)
  • Participation in two annual survey requests

      • We ask for participation in two surveys: one asks about legislative, policy, and advocacy work advanced during the year (conducted annually in the summer) and the other is a brief survey of upcoming policy and advocacy priorities (conducted annually in the winter). These surveys help connect members with others working on similar issues, elevate issues of collective priority to drive toward solutions and supports, and help Network policy partners know where to invest the most in new policy resources. As advocates pivot to respond to needs related to COVID-19, the frequency and purpose of these surveys may change in 2020. 

Application Process

Invitations to join the PIE Network are made by the Board of Directors, state and national advocates from across the Network. The PIE Network Board reviews applications on a quarterly basis.

Interested in joining the Network?

    1. Reach out to ashley@pie-network.org to schedule an initial discussion with the Network’s executive director or senior director of membership & communications.
    2. If encouraged to apply, complete an online application.
    3. Applications are reviewed by a committee of Network members who make a recommendation to the Network’s Board of Directors. 
    4. The PIE Network Board of Directors votes to approve new members and partners.
    5. Onboarding to the Network begins.