The American Federation of Teachers was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers. It is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO. Five divisions within the organization represent the broad spectrum of AFT's membership: teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel (PSRP); local, state and federal employees; higher education faculty and staff; and nurses and other healthcare professionals.
"Concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. ... This site contains divisional information, special interest groups, job anouncements and a membership form." The site also has full text publications and lists of resources you can then search for through the CWU library catalog and databases.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
According to the site, "ASCD is an international, nonprofit, nonpartisan education association committed to the mission of forging covenants in teaching and learning for the success of all learners. Founded in 1943, ASCD provides professional development in curriculum and supervision; initiates and supports activities to provide educational equity for allstudents; and serves as a world-class leader in education information services."
Understand the role of public education in democracy.
The need to improve the academic quality of public schools.
Unbiased forum for the dissemination of information about current issues in education law.
Views from the United States, Canada and overseas.
Purpose is to advance the education and general welfare of children and adults.
Fact sheets and recent alerts/bulletins are available.
The NCLD Web site provides facts, news, resources, and links for persons with learning disabilities and their families. Extensive information on issues such as LD evaluation, legislation, outreach and educational programs, public policy, and legal rights.
"The National Education Association (NEA) is the nation's largest professional employee organization and is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 2.7 million members work at every level of education, from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state, as well as in more than 14,000 local communities across the United States."