The 2019 membership cycle will be open from March 11-April 12. Please note, applications are by invitation-only. If you have immediate interest or additional questions about membership, please email email@example.com.
State-based education advocacy organizations and their leaders are often rich in passion and knowledge, yet strapped for time and resources. When these organizations join the PIE Network, they’re more connected, and they’re more powerful. As organizations strengthen, the movement accelerates. And kids get the education they deserve.
PIE Network Membership
Improving K-12 education is critically important and uniquely challenging work. These painstaking efforts are led by state-based advocacy organizations and their leaders—rich in passion and knowledge, and strapped for time and resources. When these organizations join the Network, they’re connected, and they become more powerful. Stronger, smarter, and more efficient. That’s the purpose of the Policy Innovators in Education Network. The PIE Network connects innovators and advocates from all across the country, strengthening, supporting, and promoting each other’s efforts. The power of these connections grows, exponentially. Organizations strengthen. The movement accelerates. So that the greatest impact can be realized, and all children can get the education they deserve.
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 policy making. 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.
Organizations that qualify for PIE Network membership focus on K-12 education advocacy and play important roles in their states. They:
- Advocate for and defend education policy advances.
- Strive to work collaboratively and constructively with other dedicated education reform advocates in their states.
- Bring evidence and data to the state policy-making process.
- Raise awareness and create urgency about challenges facing public schools, including the issues identified in the Network’s policy commitments.
- Engage and mobilize critical constituencies in the policy-making process.
- Challenge the usual players to reconsider problems about which “everybody knows” yet no one seeks to change.
- Convene diverse interests to find creative forward-looking solutions to intractable challenges.
Core Policy Pillars
While the details of policy look drastically different across the country, PIE Network members share a commitment to these ideas:
- Support for measurement-based system accountability for performance against high standards.
- Belief that differentiation of teacher performance should be based in part on student growth.
- Commitment to ensuring real, timely choices for families, including charters and other innovative options.
An organization may be working on only one or two of these policies in a given year and could still demonstrate alignment with the other policy areas, even if they aren’t the highest immediate priorities. To determine alignment, organizations share information in their application, as well as positions that the organization has taken over time, including evidence that the organization has not in the past actively worked against any of the core policy pillars.
Benefits of Membership
1. You’ll be connected.
Membership in the Network connects you to a world outside your own.
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.
The Network brings together the people you need to know. 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. These are some of the most productive, high-value relationships you’ll ever have.
This broader context keeps you in the know about what’s going on across the county. You’re more informed. You’ll know how your state’s efforts stack up. With new leverage and pressure points, you’ll be more savvy and influential back home.
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.
The Network is also a great sounding board, truth teller, and reality check. Your advocacy work will have greater impact in the real world—not just the white paper, wonky, think tank-y world.
To operate well—more efficiently and effectively—is to move your agenda forward. You’ll be more successful and have greater impact. Belonging to the Network helps all members deliver on their mission.
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.
You are a treasure trove of information. There is always someone in the Network who needs what you know. Who can benefit from your experience and unique point of view. When you share your wisdom and help other members, you develop as a leader while the Network strengthens.
Membership gives you the opportunity to contribute to the movement in ways that are even bigger than your own mission.
Costs and Requirements
The PIE Network charges no dues because the value of your time and contributions of wisdom from your organization 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 value. This means a commitment to be present to support other colleagues as well as benefiting from the support of colleagues from across the country. The lead executive of the organization should be committed enough to membership to prioritize attending at least one event per year (preferably the Spring Executives’ Meeting, the fall Summit, or other Network working meeting). Engagement is reviewed annually and nonparticipating organizations risk losing membership if a clear pattern of disengagement is evident.
Participation in two annual survey requests
In general, the Network’s team is careful about how often we tap members with information requests such as Network-wide surveys. We ask for members for participation in two surveys: one asks about legislative and policy work advanced during the year (conducted annually in the summer) and the other is a brief survey of upcoming policy 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.
The membership process initiates every year in late spring. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions on membership.