National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) Stakeholders

Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE)
AEE is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. The Alliance focuses on America’s six million most at-risk secondary school students—those in the lowest achievement quartile—who are most likely to leave school without a diploma or to graduate unprepared for a productive future.

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
AASL works to ensure all elementary and secondary school librarians participate as collaborative partners in the teaching and learning process in order to prepare students for life-long learning, informed decision-making, a love of reading, and the use of information technologies. AASL’s mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
ACTFL is a national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction throughout the U.S. ACTFL and its affiliated organizations represent language educators who are committed to building language proficiency from kindergarten students through adult learners. ACTFL provides advocacy, professional development opportunities, resources and opportunities for members to interact and share ideas and experiences at their annual convention and world languages expo.

ASCD is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. Comprising 150,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 145 countries—the ASCD community also includes 58 affiliate organizations. The nonprofit's diverse, nonpartisan membership is its greatest strength, projecting a powerful, unified voice to decision makers around the world.

Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
ACTE is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. ACTE’s core purpose is to provide leadership in developing an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce. The strength of ACTE is reflected in its diverse membership composed of more than 27,000 career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE is committed to enhancing the job performance and satisfaction of its members; to increasing public awareness and appreciation for career and technical programs; and to assuring growth in local, state and federal funding for these programs by communicating and working with legislators and government leaders.

Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)
AMLE is a voice for those committed to the educational and developmental needs of young adolescents.


Connecticut Center for School Change
The Connecticut Center for School Change is a not-for-profit school reform organization that partners with school districts to improve student achievement. The Center uses a system-wide, integrated approach focused on improving instructional practice and building leadership at all levels. The Center supports comprehensive educational reform through technical assistance, leadership development programs, policy research and application of best practices. Our work is informed by the concept that “system success = student success.”

Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
CoSN is the premier professional non-profit association for school district technology leaders. CoSN is committed to providing the leadership, community, and advocacy tools essential for the success of these leaders. Our mission is to empower K-12 school district technology leaders to use technology strategically to improve teaching and learning.

Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING
The Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING’s mission is the development of gifted teachers. Our primary strategy is intensive mentoring over two years. We offer fellowships to a handful of teachers within a school, giving them a full-time mentor and useful resources for studying and perfecting their craft.

The ART of TEACHING mentoring program is unique. It is designed for the teachers who are often ignored by the school system because they are so effective and do not require intervention. It is designed to enable those with the most potential to become the very best in their profession. The ART of TEACHING promotes excellence because excellence in teaching is what every child needs.

Ford’s Theatre
Ford's Theatre celebrates the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln and explores the American experience through theatre and education. A working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center, Ford’s Theatre is the premier destination in Washington, D.C., to explore and celebrate Lincoln’s ideals and leadership principles: courage, integrity, tolerance, equality and creative expression. Programs and resources offered to teachers and schools include our Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows, a week-long summer professional development surrounding place-based learning in collaboration with the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, President Lincoln’s Cottage and Tudor Place Historic House; student-centered classroom residencies integrating oratory and performance skills into traditional content areas (e.g. history or ELA); and the National Oratory Fellows, designed to help teachers build their professional capacity to integrate oratory and performance into the teaching of history or language arts; thereby, to improve student speaking skills, history and historical text comprehension, and leadership through studying, performing, and writing in context. All of our programs encourage educators to be reflective about their work and to offer feedback as to how programs can be more effective in improving student learning, especially in the area of student literacy. Working with and having access to the resources of NCLE will strengthen our ability to collaborate with teachers in this manner.

Human Systems Dynamics Institute (HSD)
The field of human systems dynamics (HSD) draws lessons from nonlinear sciences to help practitioners understand and influence complex, dynamical interactions in organizations and groups. The concepts are grounded in nature, and they continue to emerge as we explore applications in human systems. In spite of their application to complex and challenging fields, HSD models and methods are simple to understand and highly useful. The Human Systems Dynamics Institute supports consulting, training, research, and coaching to help people understand and apply principles of HSD to their work and lives. An international network of 250 certified professionals apply HSD in diverse fields including health care, conflict resolution, education reform, program evaluation, leadership development, organization development, and human resources.

International Literacy Association (ILA)
Since 1956, ILA (formerly 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, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.


International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
ISTE is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education. ISTE represents more than 100,000 education leaders and emerging leaders throughout the world and informs its members regarding educational issues of national and global scope.

Learning Forward
Learning Forward is an international membership association of learning educators focused on increasing student achievement through more effective professional learning. Learning Forward's purpose is ensuring that every educator engages in effective professional learning every day so every student achieves.


National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
NAESP, founded in 1921, is a professional organization serving elementary and middle school principals and other education leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas. The Association believes that the progress and well-being of the individual child must be at the forefront of all elementary and middle-school planning and operations. Further, NAESP supports elementary and middle-level principals as the primary catalyst for creating a lasting foundation for learning, driving school and student performance, and shaping the long-term impact of school improvement efforts.

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
NASSP is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The association provides research-based professional development and resources, networking, and advocacy to build the capacity of middle level and high school leaders to continually improve student performance. Reflecting its longstanding commitment to student leadership development as well, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
The mission of NBPTS is to advance student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators, providing programs and advocating policies that support excellence in teaching and leading, and engaging National Board certified teachers and leaders in that process.

National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF)
NCTAF was founded in 1994 to ensure that every child has access to quality teaching in schools organized for success. In partnership with national, state, and local education agencies, NCTAF develops prototypes for innovative teacher preparation, collaborative teaching teams, and strategies to leverage community engagement, sharing the impact of these programs with those who influence education legislation and policy.

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
NCSS is the largest association in the nation devoted to social studies education. Since its founding in 1921, NCSS has worked to engage and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. The NCSS membership represents K-12 classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, social studies supervisors, and leaders in the various disciplines that constitute the social studies. NCSS is headquartered in Silver Spring, MD.

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
NCTE is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the English language arts at all levels of education. Since 1911, NCTE has provided a forum for the profession, an array of opportunities for teachers to continue their professional growth throughout their careers, and a framework for cooperation to deal with issues that affect literacy education.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
NSTA promotes excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all by modeling excellence; championing science literacy; valuing scientific expertise; embracing diversity, equity, and respect; enhancing teaching and learning through research; and collaborating with partners.

National Writing Project (NWP)
NWP is a nationwide network of educators working together to improve the teaching of writing in the nation's schools and in other settings. NWP provides high-quality professional development programs to teachers in a variety of disciplines and at all levels, from early childhood through university. Through its network of 200 university-based sites located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, NWP develops the leadership, programs, and research needed for teachers to help students become successful writers and learners.

Panasonic Foundation
The Panasonic Foundation’s influence on education reform and education philanthropy far exceeds its size and resources. The Foundation was established in 1984 in the United States by the Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, now known as the Panasonic Corporation of North America, to give something back to America by helping to improve student learning. The Foundation’s mission is to partner with public school districts and their communities to break the links between race, poverty, and educational outcomes by improving the academic and social success of ALL students, ALL MEANS ALL!

The Ball Foundation
The Ball Foundation was established in 1975 by G. Carl Ball and his wife Vivian Elledge Ball. The foundation's mission is to discover and develop human potential. This mission is pursued through the foundation's two major programs: Career Vision and Education Initiatives. From 1999-2011, Education Initiatives created partnerships with small and mid-sized urban school districts to improve literacy learning for every student through whole systems change. These partnerships built sustained, system-wide capacity among educators to support professional learning and instructional leadership in collaborative environments, resulting in gains in student achievement.

The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform
The National Forum is an alliance of over 60 educators, researchers, national associations, and officers of professional organizations and foundations committed to promoting the academic performance and healthy development of young adolescents. In order to prepare students to be lifelong learners ready for college, career, and citizenship, the National Forum seeks to make every middle grades school academically excellent, responsive to the developmental needs and interests of young adolescents, and socially equitable.