Become a Member

PIE Network members are nonpartisan in ideas and bipartisan in approach, providing a consistent, evidence-based, and credible public voice in the process of education policymaking.

Who Can Join?

Organizations that primarily focus on education policy and advocacy and are aligned to the Network’s four policy pillars are eligible for membership.

PIE Network members and partners believe policy is a critical lever for systems change, establishing expectations, and driving resources to meet needs—policy and advocacy is their primary focus. While PIE Network members’ priorities and strategies are unique to their communities and states, all members and partners demonstrate a commitment to upholding and advancing advocacy that includes but is not limited to driving improvements on the Network’s four policy pillars.

As a member, you will…

Be connected.

Fellow members are working on what you’re working on. They understand the challenges of your unique role in a way no one else can. Your work is seen and validated. You’ll get needed perspective.

Think bigger.

Membership in the Network shifts your thinking and expands your mind.  A nonpartisan group with diverse perspectives, members come at the same issue from different angles. Members value success and failure equally, so you’ll learn from their mistakes and their wins.

Work smarter.

Membership in the Network makes everyone smarter and more efficient. Members share their best work, sharpest tools, and strongest ideas, helping each other save money, time, and resources. You won’t have to reinvent the wheel. You’ll actually improve the wheel.

Give back.

Membership in the Network provides you with opportunities to lead—to give as well as get. It’s a two-way street. While you’re learning, you’re also teaching.



There is no financial commitment to join PIE Network. Instead, we ask for members and partners time and insight to strengthen the give and get spirit of the Network.


There are three organizational commitments that serve as “dues” for membership. Engagement is reviewed annually and nonparticipating organizations risk losing membership if a clear pattern of disengagement is evident.

  1. In-person Participation of Lead Executive—We ask the leader of each Network organization to participate in at least one in-person experience each year. 
  2. Team Participation in at least Four Virtual Discussions—We ask your team to join at least four virtual Network discussions. We typically offer 3-5 virtual opportunities a month. Check out an overview of recent discussions.
  3. Take the Annual Member Survey—The Annual Member Survey asks what you worked on this year and what you are planning to work on in the future. Your responses help connect members with others working on similar issues and elevate issues of collective priority.

Application Process

How to Apply

  1. Complete the interest form below.
  2. The PIE Network team will reach out to schedule an initial conversation. During the initial conversation, the team looks forward to learning about your policy and advocacy work and how it aligns to the Network’s policy pillars.
  3. If both organizations agree membership is a fit, the PIE Network team will share the invite-only membership application. This application is reviewed by the Network’s Membership Committee and Board of Directors.
  4. You have four opportunities a year to submit your application. The Network’s Board of Directors reviews applications at each quarterly Board meeting. It is worth noting the membership process frequently takes 3-9 months from start to finish.

Membership Interest Form

Please complete the below fields to submit your interest. This will prompt the PIE Network team to reach out for initial conversations. The below form is not the membership application.

Note: We are experiencing a high volume of inquiries. The membership process frequently takes 3-9 months from start to finish. Thank you for your patience.

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