With apologies to Pink Floyd, we do need education, if for no other reason than to help us identify double negatives. While we’re at it, it wouldn’t hurt to have a comprehensive listing of professional groups that focus on it. (Education, that is. A comprehensive list of groups focusing on Pink Floyd is for another day.)
A number of incredibly bright and forward-thinking organizations in the education industry deploy ABC Signup’s registration software to administer everything from professional development programs to special events to summer camps. With this blog, we continue our effort to serve as a resource for these customers – by highlighting some of the country’s top education-related resources.
One caveat: this listing provides summaries and links to resources other than school districts or school cooperatives. We proceeded on the assumption that blog readers already have relevant information about those entities. Also, because of the length of the listing, we’re saving post-secondary resources for another day (but not on Pink Floyd day).
If you want to bookmark this page, hit your browser’s bookmark tool while this page is open. If you have resources you would like to add to the listing, please post in the Comments section below and we will incorporate as appropriate (so that this can become an even more comprehensive listing). Credit to educationoasis, whose aggregation got this blog started.
U.S. Department of Education
This Fed department establishes policies for federal financial aid to education (and distributes and monitors the use of those funds), collects data on education, champions key issues and ensures equal access to education. Each state has its own department of education.
American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
AASA is a professional organization that advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders. The AASA has affiliated relationships with 49 state organizations, so (unless you are in Hawaii) you will also find a sister organization at your state level (contact info here).
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
The NAESP serves elementary and middle school principals and other education leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas. Each state has an affiliated organization.
National Association of Middle School Principals (NAMSP)
NAMSP provides a fraternal organization where middle level administrators can dialogue about common problems, programs, concerns and achievements.
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
NASSP promotes excellence in middle level and high school leadership through research-based professional development, resources, and advocacy so that every student can be prepared for postsecondary learning opportunities and be workforce ready. Click on your state in this map to view the affiliated organization.
National Art Education Association (NAEA)
The NAEA advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding. Art instructors can find additional resources at their state-level associations.
American Counseling Association (ACA)
The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. You can find additional counseling resources at the organization’s divisional, regional and statewide branches, linked here.
American School Counselors Association (ASCA)
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC is the nation's largest organization of early childhood professionals. You can find state and other NAEYC-affiliated offices here.
National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE)
NAECTE promotes the professional growth of its members, advocates for early childhood education and provides a communication network and forum for the exchange of ideas.
American Library Association (ALA)
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users. Several divisions may offer resources more tailored to your needs.
International Reading Association (IRA)
The International Reading Association is a membership organization of literacy professionals (who by their acronym, aren’t well-read on Irish history). Click on this map to find your state’s affiliated reading association.
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. NCTE affiliates are listed and linked here.
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry. Note: using your web browser’s search pane, type in your state’s name with “foreign language teachers’ association” and you will likely find a statewide association as a possible additional resource.
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL)
TESOL International Association’s mission is to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.
Council for Exceptional Education (CEC)
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. You will find state units at this link. There are also divisional and special interests units of the CEC serving as additional resources.
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
A non-profit, membership organization, NAGC invests all of its resources to train teachers, encourage parents and educate administrators and policymakers on how to develop and support gifted children. Click on your state on this map to find additional information about affiliated state and local associations.
National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET)
NASET is the only national membership organization dedicated solely to meeting the needs of special education teachers and those preparing for the field of special education teaching.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
The NCTM is the public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research.
Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE)
AMTE is the largest professional organization devoted to the improvement of mathematics teacher education – it includes over 1000 members devoted to the pre-service education and professional development of K-12 teachers of mathematics.
National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)
The National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) is a mathematics leadership organization for educational leaders that provides professional learning opportunities necessary to support and sustain improved student achievement.
National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is a 15,000-member, non-profit professional membership association that sets the standard for best practices in quality physical education and sport. It is the largest of the five national associations that make up the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). AAPHERD has six district-level associations that offer additional resources.
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
The American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
AAPT is a strong professional physics science society dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in physical science education. Click on this map if you are interested in taking advantages of the resources of your local section of the AAPT.
National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)
The National Association of Biology Teachers empowers educators to provide the best possible biology and life science education for all students.
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
The NSTA works with its 60,000 member to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Here is a listing of state-level chapters of the NSTA.
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
The NCSS is the largest association devoted to social studies education. Its mission is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators. To find more localized resources, explore the NCSS associated groups and the NCSS affiliated councils (includes state and regional organizations).
Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is a professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology.
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.5 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide.
National Education Association (NEA)
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education – from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.
Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
ACEI, a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, is interested in sharing new approaches to the education of children and ensuring that these approaches are delivered in ways that enhance children's individual skills and abilities and provide opportunities for success in life.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
ASCD is a membership organization that develops programs, products, and services essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.
National Middle School Association (NMSA)
A voice for those committed to the educational and developmental needs of young adolescents. NMSA is the only national education association dedicated exclusively to the growth of middle level education.
National PTA (PTA)
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. You can find your state or local PTA’s website and contact information with a quick Internet search.
National School Boards Association (NSBA)
NSBA is a not-for-profit organization representing state associations of school boards and their member districts across the United States. NSBA achieves our mission by representing the school board perspective in working with federal government agencies and national organizations that impact education, and provides vital information and services to state associations of school boards throughout the nation. You can find your state-level school board associations here.
National Staff Development Council (NSDC)
NSDC is now Learning Forward, a membership organization that advances educator effectiveness and student results through standards-based professional learning.
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