Parent Advocacy Groups


Baltimore Education Network
Description: The Baltimore Education Network (BEN) has as its vision that the public school system will provide a consistently excellent education to our students, as families, youth and community act as true partners in the education process and its decision-making. The mission of BEN is to support families, youth, and community in creating the agenda for how their schools can improve and using their individual and collective power to move this agenda. To accomplish this mission, BEN: provides access to education information, enhances participants' skills through trainings and workshops, and facilitates dialogue and collective action among individuals and organizations.

Education Watch 2006 State Summary Reports
The Education Trust
Description: Part of the Education Watch series, these NAEP Data Tables allow for easy state-to-state comparisons of scale scores for different groups of students. They include tables that look at student achievement and gap trends over time.

IMPACT Silver Spring
Description: IMPACT Silver Spring is a non-profit organization which works towards supporting and empowering all members of the community to work collaboratively across lines of race, class, and culture on challenging community issues.

Maryland Coalition of Families for Children's Mental Health
The Maryland Coalition of Families for Children's Mental Health
Description: The Maryland Coalition of Families for Children's Mental Health is a grassroots coalition of family and advocacy organizations dedicated to improving services for children with mental health needs and their families and building a network of information and support for families across Maryland.

Maryland PTA
Parent and Teacher Association
Description: The Parent and Teacher Association for Maryland is a local child advocacy organization.

MD Justice
Maryland Justice
Description: This site is designed as a forum for Maryland lawyers and advocates serving low income families. It is sponsored by the Maryland Legal Assistance Network (MLAN) in partnership with the Maryland community of legal services providers.

The Parents' Place of Maryland
Description: The Parents' Place of Maryland is a nonprofit family-centered organization whose sole purpose is to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities.


Academy for Educational Development
Description: Founded in 1961, AED is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to solving critical social problems and building the capacity of individuals, communities, and institutions to become more self-sufficient. AED works in all the major areas of human development, with a focus on improving education, health, and economic opportunities for the least advantaged in the United States and developing countries throughout the world.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Description: The AACAP, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established in 1953. It is a membership based organization, composed of over 7,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists and other interested physicians. Its members actively research, evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders and pride themselves on giving direction to and responding quickly to new developments in addressing the health care needs of children and their families.

Center for Community Change
Description: The Center’s purpose has been to help establish and develop community organizations across the country, bring attention to major national issues related to poverty, and help ensure that government programs are responsive to community needs. The Center has a deep and active history in community organizing in all low-income communities, encompassing urban and rural areas, and African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American, and immigrant communities.

Description: COLAGE is a national organization that supports children, youth and adults with LGBT parent(s). COLAGE offers support, education and advocacy by and for folks with LGBT parents.

Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
United States Department of Agriculture
Description: CSREES' mission is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities by supporting research, education, and extension programs in the Land-Grant University System and other partner organizations. CSREES doesn't perform actual research, education, and extension but rather helps fund it at the state and local level and provides program leadership in these areas.

Education Watch 2006 State Summary Reports
The Education Trust
Description: Part of the Education Watch series, these NAEP Data Tables allow for easy state-to-state comparisons of scale scores for different groups of students. They include tables that look at student achievement and gap trends over time.

Families and Work Institute
Description: Families and Work Institute (FWI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workforce and workplace, the changing family and the changing community. As a preeminent think-tank, FWI is known for being ahead of the curve, identifying emerging issues, and then conducting rigorous research that often challenges common wisdom, provides insight and knowledge, and motivates action.

Family Support America
Description: Family Support America provides information, support, and connections to families with questions about child abuse, alcoholism, disciplining children, divorce, or other topics related to families.

Description: GreatSchools has evolved into a national, independent nonprofit organization committed to helping parents like you choose schools, support your children's education and improve schools in your community.

Hispanic CREO
Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options
Description: The Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (CREO) focuses on addressing the crisis in Latino education by empowering Latino families with parental choice in education.

National Association for Multicultural Education
Description: NAME is a non-profit organization founded in 1990. NAME's mission is to ensure that all students receive an equitable education and that together we strive to fight the injustices in our schools and in the community.

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
Description: NCPIE's mission is to advocate the involvement of parents and families in their children's education, and to foster relationships between home, school, and community to enhance the education of all our nation's young people.

National Council of La Raza
Description: The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) – the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States – works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations (CBOs), NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas – assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.

National Education Association
Description: NEA is a volunteer-based organization supported by a network of staff at the local, state, and national levels. At the local level, more than 14,000 NEA local affiliate organizations are active in a variety of activities as determined by the local members. These may range from raising funds for scholarship programs to conducting professional workshops on issues that affect faculty and school support staff to bargaining contracts for school district employees. At the state level, NEA affiliate activities are equally wide-ranging. NEA state affiliates, for instance, regularly lobby legislators for the resources schools need, campaign for higher professional standards for the teaching profession, and file legal actions to protect academic freedom and the rights of school employees. At the national level, from its headquarters in Washington, D.C., NEA lobbies Congress and federal agencies on behalf of its members and public schools, supports and coordinates innovative projects, works with other education organizations and friends of public education, provides training and assistance to its affiliates, and generally conducts activities consistent with the policies set by its elected governing bodies. At the international level, NEA is linking educators around the world in an ongoing dialogue dedicated to making schools as effective as they can be.

Public Education Network
Description: Public Education Network (PEN) is a national association of local education funds (LEFs) and individuals working to advance public school reform in low-income communities across our country. PEN believes an active, vocal constituency is the key to ensuring that every child, in every community, benefits from a quality public education.

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
Description: The mission of the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) is to solve significant problems facing educational systems and communities to ensure a quality education for all learners.

The Association of Black Psychologists
Description: The Association of Black Psychologists was founded in San Francisco in 1968 by a number of Black Psychologists from across the country. They united to actively address the serious problems facing Black Psychologists and the larger Black community. Guided by the principle of self determination, these psychologists set about building an institution through which they could address the long neglected needs of Black professionals. Their goal was to have a positive impact upon the mental health of the national Black community by means of planning, programs, services, training, and advocacy.

The Family Village
Description: The Family Village is a web site for children and adults with disabilities, their families, and their friends and allies. Family Village brings together thousands of online resources in a organized, easy-to-use directory. The centerpiece of Family Village is the library, where visitors can find information on over 300 diagnoses. Visitors can also learn about assistive technology, legal rights and legislation, special education, leisure activities and much more.

The Harvard Family Research Project
Description: For over twenty years, Harvard Family Research Project has helped philanthropists, policymakers, and practitioners develop strategies to promote the educational and social success and well-being of children, families, and their communities. As it guides organizations in planning and assists in problem solving, HFRP collects, analyzes, and synthesizes research and information to foster continuous improvement and learning. HFRP's work strengthens family, school, and community partnerships and early childhood care and education, promotes evaluation and accountability, and offers professional development to those who work directly with children, youth, and families. The audiences for HFRP's work include policymakers, practitioners, philanthropists, and concerned individuals.

The Parent Institute
Description: The mission of The Parent Institute is to encourage parent involvement in the education of their children. The Parent Institute publishes a variety of materials including newsletters, booklets, audio CDs, brochures, videos and presentation kits.

What Works Clearinghouse
U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences
Description: The What Works Clearinghouse was established in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education. The WWC promotes informed education decision making through a set of easily accessible databases and user-friendly reports that provide education consumers with high-quality reviews of the effectiveness of replicable educational interventions (programs, products, practices, and policies) that intend to improve student outcomes. To do this, the WWC uses standards for reviewing and synthesizing research. The WWC is currently conducting systematic reviews of existing research, and producing intervention and topic reports. A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) composed of leading experts in research design, program evaluation, and research synthesis works with the WWC to ensure the quality and integrity of its efforts. The TAG helps establish and validate the standards for reviewing research, informs the methodological aspects of the evidence reviews, and provides guidance to the WWC contractors.

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