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Adopt-A-Classroom increases opportunity for student success by empowering teachers with community partners and funds to purchase resources for the classroom.
American English is a resource center for teaching and learning about American English language and culture. The website provides a variety of engaging materials and resources for teachers' professional development and for students in the classroom. Both teachers and students will find new ways to practice English and learn more about the United States.
The Foreign Language Teaching Forum is an integrated service for FL teachers, who want to encourage communication, share, and collaborate at all levels. The broad discussion topics include foreign language teaching methods for any level of instruction in all languages. Specific areas of discussion include school/college articulation, training of student teachers, classroom activities, curriculum, and syllabus design. Students in teacher training programs, teachers both new and experienced, administrators, and other professionals interested in any aspect of foreign language teaching are invited to participate in discussions.
The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization working to increase access to higher education for economically disadvantaged students. Confident that education paves the way to social equity, NCCEP advances college access through advocacy, training, and research.
The International Education Programs Service (IEPS), part of the U.S. Department of Education, administers 14 international education programs. The mission of IEPS is to meet the national needs for expertise and competence in foreign languages and area or international studies. These programs are complementary in nature and benefit a variety of audiences through training programs, research, start-up or enhancement projects, and fellowships. The International Education and Foreign Language Studies domestic programs are designed to strengthen the capability and performance of American education in foreign languages and in area and international studies. Overseas programs are intended to improve secondary and postsecondary teaching and research concerning other cultures and languages, training of specialists, and the American public's general understanding of the peoples of other countries.
ED Data Express is a Web site designed to improve the public's ability to access and explore high-value state-level education data collected by the U.S. Department of Education. The site is designed to be interactive and to present the data in a clear, easy-to-use manner, with options to download information into Excel or manipulate the data within the Web site. The site currently includes data from EDFacts, Consolidated State Performance Reports (CSPR), State Accountability Workbooks, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the College Board, and the Department's Budget Service office.
The Pearson Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning, and great teaching.
Teaching Foreign Languages K - 12 is a video library illustrating effective instruction and assessment strategies for teaching foreign languages. The language classrooms shown in this library include Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Chinese.
CILT, the National Centre for Languages seeks to inform, influence, and comment objectively on policy with relevance for languages and intercultural skills. CILT also researches, consults, and advises on (1) language policy; (2) education policy as it relates to languages and intercultural skills; and (3) policy in other fields (e.g. international trade, tourism, etc., where there is a need to make explicit the connection to languages and intercultural skills).
The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) is a federally funded research and development center focused solely on adult learning. NCSALL's efforts are dedicated to improving practice in educational programs that serve adults with limited literacy and English language skills, and those without a high school diploma. NCSALL both informs and learns from practice. Its rigorous, high quality research increases knowledge and gives those teaching, managing, and setting policy in adult literacy education a sound basis for making decisions. NCSALL is also a leader in designing innovative professional development programs and in building support for research use.
The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) advances quality education and equal opportunity by promoting fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial evaluations of students, teachers and schools. FairTest also works to end the misuses and flaws of testing practices that impede those goals. FairTest places special emphasis on eliminating the racial, class, gender, and cultural barriers to equal opportunity posed by standardized tests, and preventing their damage to the quality of education. Based on goals and principles, FairTest provides information, technical assistance and advocacy on a broad range of testing concerns, focusing on three areas: K-12, university admissions, and employment tests.
LINCS is a national dissemination and professional development system, providing information on literacy research, practice, and resources.
The UCLA Center for the Study of Evaluation (CSE) and, more recently, the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) strives to improve the quality of education and learning in America. CSE/CRESST contributes to the development of scientifically based evaluation and testing techniques, encourages the development, validation and use of sound data for improved accountability and decision making, and explores technological applications to improve assessment and evaluation practice. Today CSE/CRESST research and development serves government, military, and pre-K through college-level education and training.
The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund that supports non-government organizations in the places Intrepid visits. They support projects working in the areas of health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development, and in environmental and wildlife protection.
AIR is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. The Center's overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. For the Center, making the world a better place is not wishful thinking. It is the goal that drives them.
American Councils creates opportunities that prepare individuals and institutions to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world, and works in the areas of international education, academic exchange, and overseas language immersion.
WestEd, a research, development, and service agency, works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.
The mission of the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) is to broaden the awareness and understanding of policymakers and to strengthen the youth policymaking process by bridging policy, practice, and research, by identifying the most pertinent high-quality information on youth issues available and providing a forum for prominent leaders in government, programming, and research, as well as the youth themselves, to share their viewpoints and expertise about the policies and practices that improve outcomes for all youth. The American Youth Policy Forum is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, which provides learning opportunities for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF's goal is to enable participants to become more effective in the development, enactment, and implementation of sound policies affecting the nation's young people by providing information, insights, and networks to better understand the development of healthy and successful young people, productive workers, and participating citizens in a democratic society. AYPF does not lobby or advocate for positions on pending legislation. Rather, they believe that greater intellectual and experiential knowledge of youth issues will lead to sounder, more informed policymaking. They strive to generate a climate of constructive action by enhancing communication, understanding, and trust among youth policy professionals.