Counting Down to a New Year of PIE Network Membership

A collage of the logos of the 13 new member organizations

PIE Network is designed by and for education advocates. 

Members of the PIE Network are united by a belief that education can—and should—be transformative. Change is needed now so that every student in every community has access to an equitable and excellent education, and policy is a critical lever for systems change, establishing expectations, and driving resources to meet needs.

PIE Network members put these beliefs into action by listening to, engaging, and authentically elevating the leadership of students, families, and educators, using data and evidence to drive innovation, improvement, and quality, and changing the system so that that policy, funding, and education designs adapt to best support student needs and outcomes.

While Network members may not always agree on strategy or issues, all members demonstrate a commitment to upholding and advancing advocacy that includes but is not limited to driving improvements on four policy pillars: High Expectations, Great Educators, Innovative Options, and Responsive Systems.

While 13 organizations make up the class of 2021, they have long been at work in state capitols and communities. These teams bring expertise in engaging parents and educators in advocacy and policymaking, building partnerships with state policymakers, and supporting charter schools.

The Network now connects 104 state advocacy organizations and charter school associations and 31 national policy partners—in total representing 33 states and the District of Columbia.

As we wrap up our 15th year, join us in celebrating the organizations that joined the Network this year! Interested in membership or partnership? Learn more.

Meet the full Network

DC Charter School Alliance

The DC Charter School Alliance is dedicated to supporting and representing the robust charter school sector in our nation’s capital. With the support of the DC Charter School Alliance, the charter school community can ensure that all students in DC receive the great public education they deserve and ensure the continued strength of the DC charter sector.

First State Educate

First State Educate ​​believes in catalyzing radical change in education by activating the power of Delawareans. They work towards a day when all kids in Delaware receive an education that prepares them for a productive, fulfilling life.

ForwARd Arkansas

Forward Arkansas works with key stakeholders statewide to establish a shared vision for education in Arkansas. They partner with state and district leaders, educators, and communities to lead our state toward a future education system that is equitable, student-centered, and prepares all students for success in life and career.

Kids First Chicago

Kids First Chicago (K1C) believes that a healthy education environment where kids, schools, and communities thrive is the key to a world-class Chicago. K1C activates communities and families to identify, navigate to, and advocate for high-quality public schools and works with parents and city and district partners to shape education policy to better support families.

Massachusetts Public Charter School Association

Massachusetts Public Charter School Association’s mission is to create and protect the conditions that will enable the charter public school sector to thrive and advance the larger goal of ensuring all Massachusetts children and families have equitable access to high-quality schools. They advocate on behalf of charter public schools in order to advance policy changes that increase opportunities for kids in all public schools in Massachusetts as well as policies that strengthen charter public schools and support the students and families they serve.

New America

New America’s Education Policy program works to strengthen and improve the educational system so that all students have equitable access to high-quality learning that prepares them for college, careers, and civic life in a time of rapid technological and social change. We use original research and policy analysis to help solve the nation’s critical education problems, crafting objective analyses and suggesting new ideas for policymakers, educators, and the public at large.

Parent Impact

Parent Impact’s mission is to empower, advocate, and connect families to resources that support their family’s needs for greater outcomes in urban communities. They train parents and youth on the different levels of advocating for their families and communities to create greater outcomes for all children.

redefinED Atlanta

redefinED Atlanta is transforming Atlanta into a place where every student in every community receives a great K-12 public education. They engage community members, advocate for equity, and fund critical work to drive systemic level improvement in k-12 public education for students and families.

Teach Plus Mississippi

Teach Plus Mississippi’s mission is to empower excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that advance equity, opportunity, and student success. They provide teachers with training and opportunities to change and influence policies at the school, district, and state level—achieving change in schools and in the broader education system. Mississippi Policy Fellows have worked to meet the needs of students and teachers impacted by COVID-19, increase teacher pay, and strengthen the state’s teacher pipeline.

Teach Plus Pennsylvania

Teach Plus Pennsylvania’s mission is to empower excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that advance equity, opportunity, and student success. Teach Plus Pennsylvania provides advocacy training and resources to help teachers mobilize around the policy priorities that matter most to their school and district contexts and provides opportunities for teachers’ voices to be amplified in statewide policy discussions.

The Education Trust in Tennessee

The Education Trust in Tennessee advocates for equitable education for historically underserved students across the state. They seek to influence policy in Tennessee by engaging and equipping key education stakeholders, including policymakers, thought leaders, practitioners, community groups, civic organizations, parents, and students.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

The National Center for Learning Disabilities is working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work, and in life. The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools, and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.

The Oakland REACH

The Oakland REACH is a parent-run, parent-led powerful force for radical change. They educate and empower parents to demand high-quality schools for their children and believe that real change happens at the intersection of organizing, advocacy, and programming.

Anna McDaniel-Wyatt

Anna McDaniel-Wyatt

Analyst, Communications & Member Engagement