Education & Curriculum Groups
AERA encourages scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation, and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. Its 12 divisions span methods and segments of the educational community, and over 155 SIGs cover an array of topics from reading to John Dewey to women in education. Its journals are dedicated to research and commentary and sometimes relevant national news. They provide a forum for academic institutions, departments, non-university-based research institutions, and professional associations to share information about federal education research issues, people, and events, as well as to be engaged in shaping policy with regard to significant research issues.
Their web site includes a wide variety of resources, including videos on current topics, a newsroom, and Professional Advancement opportunities.
ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies. They provide a wide variety of resources, including books & publications, conferences and professional development. ASCD, like AERA, is a large organization, with particular appeal for elementary school staffs.
ASCD includes introductions to over 20 topics of interest to the K-12 instructional community. Each area includes a definition, short articles on the topic, audio and/or video files of experts and practitioners.
AFT has a wide range of resources and support for educators. Areas they tackle include bullying, Common Core, healthy & hunger-free students, workplace harassment, and student loan issues. While some of their stands are controversial, the AFT site can provide insight and ideas.
The efforts from many corners to link curriculum standards and projects underscore the feedback from practicing teachers to meet this need.