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Organizations of Interest to Educators, Planners and Designers[1]


American Association of School Administrators (AASA)

The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders across the United States.


American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education The Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is a large and active group of architects and allied professionals concerned with the quality and design of all types of educational facilities


California's Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) Since 1978, California's Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) has promoted, developed and supported the enactment of new statewide and local funding alternatives for public K-12 school construction, maintenance, and modernization.


Council of Educational Facility Planners, Intl./ Now A4LE   An association whose sole mission is improving the places where children learn. CEFPI members, individuals, institutions and corporations are actively involved in planning, designing, building, equipping and maintaining schools and colleges.


National School Board Association (NSBA) The National School Boards Association is a not-for-profit Federation of state associations of school boards across the United States.





Career and Technical Education Resources


 “Top Ten Skills Needed for 2020.”  A primer produced by the KnowledgeWorks Foundation.


The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers.

High Performing Schools Resources


Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) The mission of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools is to facilitate the design, construction and operation of high performance schools: environments that are not only energy and resource efficient, but also healthy, comfortable, well lit, and containing the amenities for a quality education.


National School Safety Center Created through Presidential Directive in 1984, the National School Safety Center is "an internationally recognized resource for school safety information, training and violence prevention."


Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council was founded in 1980 as the Passive Solar Industries Council (PSIC). It served as a clearinghouse on passive solar design for the major building trade groups, including those representing architects, home builders, the glass industry, and building owners.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tools for Schools Program The IAQ Tools for Schools Program is a comprehensive resource to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting, and preventing IAQ problems. Poor indoor air quality can impact the comfort and health of students and staff, which, in turn, can affect concentration, attendance, and student performance.


U.S. Green Building Council The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.



 Small Schools[2]



Big Picture Company The Big Picture Company "design(s) break-through public schools, research and replicate new designs for education, train(s) educators to serve as leaders in their schools and communities, and actively engage(s) the public as participants and decision makers in the education of our youth." http://bigpicture.org


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focuses its education investments in two primary areas: creating more small high schools and reducing financial barriers to higher education. http://gatesfoundation.org/education/


California School Redesign Network The California School Redesign Network, located at Stanford University, provides resources to support the creation of successful small schools. This site includes in-depth information on Linda Darling-Hammond’s Ten Features of Effective Schools, as well as offering tools, processes and video resources to inform and assist in school improvement efforts. http://www.schoolredesign.net


Center for Collaborative Education The mission of the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) is to improve student learning in K-12 public schools and districts by promoting educational reform focused on school and system-wide change. CCE provides coaching, professional development, advocacy, and research in order to be a

resource and catalyst toward the creation of small autonomous, democratic, equitable schools.http://www.ccebos.org


 Colorado Small Schools Initiative This initiative supports the creation of personalized, high achieving high schools inColorado. Directed by the Colorado Children's Campaign, this organization supports the transformation of low performing large comprehensive high schools into small autonomous schools, as well as the creation of new, small autonomous high schools that are either district-supported or charter schools.http://www.coloradosmallschools.org/


 KnowledgeWorks Foundation The largest educational philanthropy in the state of Ohio, this organization provides funding and leadership for education initiatives throughout Ohio and is working to create partnerships that will produce measurably better educational results throughout the state. Their website shares information on educational reform, community engagement and facilities design. http://www.kwfdn.org/


Rural and Community Trust This national nonprofit organization addresses the crucial relationship between good schools and thriving rural communities. Working in some of the poorest, most challenging rural places, the Rural Trust involves young people in learning linked to their communities, improves the quality of teaching and school leadership, advocates for appropriate state educational policies, and addresses the critical issue of funding for rural schools.http://www.ruraledu.org/


 Smaller Learning Communities Program This competitive federal grant program was developed to help large high schools create smaller, more personalized, learning communities. The grants help high schools with 1,000 or more students plan, develop, and implement strategies that personalize the learning environment for students.


[1] Many links provided from www.cefpi.org

[2] Small school links provided from www.archachieve.net

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