Professional Organizations for Graduate Students

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  • Become part of a network of professional by joining one of the following professional organizations.

    Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
    Founded in 1943, ASCD is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 150,000 members in more than 145 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas—superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.

    Coalition of Essential Schools
    The Coalition of Essential Schools is a national network of schools, regional centers, and a national office, working to create schools where intellectual excitement animates every child’s face, where teachers work together to get better at their craft, and where all children flourish, regardless of their gender, race, or class.

    International Reading Association
    Since 1956, IRA has been a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. More than 70,000 members strong, the association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities. Our members promote high levels of literacy for all by:

    • Improving the quality of reading instruction
    • Disseminating research and information about reading
    • Encouraging the lifetime reading habit

    National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children. With nearly 80,000 members, NAEYC is a national network of more than 300 state and local affiliates and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.

    National School Reform Faculty
    The National School Reform Faculty is a professional development initiative that focuses on increasing student achievement through professional learning communities called

    Critical Friends Groups
    Critical Friends Groups use protocols and activities that result in meaningful and efficient communication, problem solving, and learning. At the heart of NSRF’s program and essential to successful CFGs are the concepts of Facilitative Leadership and Critical Friendship.