One of our greatest strengths as a Network is working together to spread impact and know-how.
In that spirit, the Eddies!—advocate-nominated and voted awards—provide an annual opportunity to feature outstanding policy and advocacy wins from the past year, telling the story of how advocates improved policy and advanced opportunity, equity, and excellence for students, one community and campaign at a time.
2021 Categories, Finalists & Winners
Game Changer Campaign of the Year
Game Changer Campaign of the Year recognizes local, state, or national advocacy campaigns that tackled a big problem and achieved a new, game-changing policy or protected an existing critical policy. Sometimes a policy window opens quickly, and advocates move fast; sometimes, the window opens after years of sustained advocacy efforts. Either way, nominees in this category pushed the envelope to make a significant impact for students and families—paving the way for others to replicate or adapt this strategy in their communities.
Tennessee SCORE: Statewide Early Literacy Law
- A for Arizona: School transportation modernization package
- Colorado Succeeds, DFER Colorado, Ready Colorado, Stand for Children Colorado:Scholarships for Students to Participate in Postsecondary Pathways and Work-based Learning
- Democrats For Education Reform Colorado & Education Reform Now Colorado:Banned Legacy Preference in State Public College Admissions
- Tennessee SCORE: Statewide Early Literacy Law
- The Education Trust-West: All in for Financial Aid
Best Collaboration features coalitions of leaders and organizations who worked together to achieve a significant impact for students and families. Working in coalition can be incredibly powerful—and incredibly challenging. This category honors the hard work of coalitions that organized artfully to respond to unique opportunities or challenges in their states and communities, contributed to a policy win, and inspired others to take up similar efforts. Leaders and organizations in this category not only advanced or protected critical policy to impact students—they did it in partnership and across lines of difference. This category was previously called the Best Ensemble Cast.
Center for American Progress, United Negro College Fund, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Education Reform Now (ERN), The Education Trust, Educators for Excellence, and other education policy organizations: Investing in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) to Increase Diversity in Teaching Workforce
- Center for American Progress, United Negro College Fund, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Education Reform Now (ERN), The Education Trust, Educators for Excellence, and other education policy organizations: Investing in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) to Increase Diversity in Teaching Workforce
- ConnCAN, Connecticut Charter Schools Association, Educators for Excellence-Connecticut, FaithActs for Education, and School and State Finance Project: Ending Connecticut’s Racist and Classist Education Funding System
- NewMexicoKidsCAN (Action Fund), Public Charter Schools of New Mexico, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: Charter Authorizing in New Mexico
- Ohio Excels, Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio, School Choice Ohio, ExcelinEd Action: Overhauling Ohio’s Funding Formula
- Tennessee SCORE, TennesseeCAN, Tennesseans for Student Success, The Education Trust in TN, Tennessee Charter School Center, and ExcelinEd: Special Legislative Session on Mitigating the Pandemic’s Impact on Students
Best Defense highlights campaigns that strategically defended important policy; sometimes, the most significant wins are actually holding the line. Nominees in this category provide models for how to deploy sharp strategies to defend policies or efforts that benefit students.
Advance Illinois, America Succeeds, Center for American Progress, Collaborative for Student Success, Data Quality Campaign, EdAllies, Education Reform Now, Foundation for Excellence in Education, FutureEd, National Center for Learning Disabilities, NewMexicoKidsCAN, TN SCORE, The Education Trust, Thomas B. Fordham Institute: Defending Assessments
- Advance Illinois, America Succeeds, Center for American Progress, Collaborative for Student Success, Data Quality Campaign, EdAllies, Education Reform Now, Foundation for Excellence in Education, FutureEd, National Center for Learning Disabilities, NewMexicoKidsCAN, TN SCORE, The Education Trust, Thomas B. Fordham Institute: Defending Assessments
- Center for Learner Equity & National Center for Learning Disabilities: Defending IDEA during COVID-19
- EdAllies & Educators for Excellence-Minnesota: Defending Tiered Licensure
- EdVoice & Teach Plus California: Defending licensure requirements for Reading instruction
- National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: Defending Charter Schools
- Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio & Ohio Excels: Defending school report cards and Assessments
Most Actionable Research
Most Actionable Research spotlights resources or tools that shed new light on pressing and widespread problems or solutions and that state and local advocates across the Network leveraged to make a compelling case for policy change and achieve breakthroughs.
Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE): The Evidence Project
- Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE): The Evidence Project
- Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University: NERD$
- ExcelinEd: Pathways Matter
- National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ): Transparency of Institutional Teacher Licensure Test Pass Rates
- National Parents Union (NPU): Parent Polls Designed by Parents
Power to the People Campaign
Power to the People Campaign features grassroots policy and advocacy campaigns at the local level that responded to community needs, grew from community power, and transformed opportunities for students and families in their community. This is the first time work has been recognized in this category.
The Oakland REACH: Virtual Family Hub
- DC PAVE (Parents Amplifying Voices in Education): #DCSchoolRecovery
- GO Public Schools Oakland: #SchoolAfterCOVID Family Survey
- HawaiiKidsCan: WiFi on Wheels
- Powerful Parent Network: 2020 Campaign to Engage Democratic Primary Candidates
- The Oakland REACH: Virtual Family Hub
Breakthrough Advocate of the Year
Breakthrough Advocate of the Year features state or local leaders who took bold actions–and succeeded–in advancing innovative policies and solutions that support their states’ and communities’ needs. Breakthroughs don’t happen overnight–being an advocacy leader is about being prepared for opportunity, and this category honors leaders who drew from deep experience and hard fought wisdom to act fast and nimbly seize a window of opportunity to advance longstanding priorities. These leaders continue to bring fresh perspectives to complex challenges.
Lakisha Young, The Oakland REACH
- Daniel Anello, Kids First Chicago
- Emily Anne Gullickson, A for Arizona
- Joshua Kaufmann, Teach Plus Illinois
- Keri Rodrigues, National Parents Union
- Lakisha Young, The Oakland REACH
- Rachel Canter, Mississippi First
- Sarah Carpenter, The Memphis Lift
Suzanne Kubach PIE Network Weaver of the Year
Suzanne Kubach PIE Network Weaver of the Year honors local, state, or national leaders who consistently go above and beyond their job description to connect and support peers advancing state and local advocacy policy. This category recognizes advocates who thoughtfully and intentionally support the leadership and work of others, strengthening the Network and the sector. This category was previously called Network MVP.
Robin Lake, Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE)
- David Mansouri, Tennessee SCORE
- Jen Walmer, Democrats for Education Reform Colorado
- Maya Martin Cadogan, DC PAVE (Parents Amplifying Voices in Education)
- Robin Lake, Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE)
- Scott Laband, Colorado Succeeds
- Summer: Determine Award Categories – categories are generally consistent each year, however, we do adapt, add, and remove areas each year to stay in line with the field. More info on this year’s categories can be found in the next section.
- August 20: Nomination Deadline – all-call for nominations from PIE Network members for their own work or to recognize the work of other Network members.
- September 16: Finalists Announced – we will announce the finalists in each category as selected by the nominations committee. The committee is comprised of 11 state advocates and national partners.
- September 16-October 8: Network Voting – Network members and partners can cast their votes for the winners. Voting is now closed.
- October 20: Winners Announced – Winners were announced at the 2021 PIE Network Annual Summit in Denver, CO.