Education Community Organizations

Posted: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 12:06pm Updated: Wed, 07/27/2016 - 9:07am

This list of educational organizations and advocacy groups is presented by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) for informational purposes only. The organizations listed may not represent the views and/or policies of the IDOE.

Indiana Education Associations

  • About Special Kids (ASK) is an organization for families and professionals in Indiana to go to “ASK” questions about children with special needs and to access information and resources about a variety of topics such as health insurance, special education, community resources and medical homes.

  • The Educational CHOICE Charitable Trust provides tuition assistance to low-income students, serves as a model for research and legislation, and encourages all schools to improve by introducing competition into the educational system. The CHOICE Trust is a 501(c)(3) public charity, funded by individual, corporate, and foundation contributions. The Educational CHOICE Charitable Trust exists to provide new options in education for families of limited means.

  • The Environmental Education Association of Indiana (EEAI) is dedicated to promoting environmental education, EEAI is not issue driven. The vision of EEAI is an environmentally literate citizenry of lifelong learners who are good stewards of our natural resources.

  • The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice was established in 1996 to promote universal school choice as the most effective and equitable way to improve the quality of K-12 education in America. The Friedman Foundation is known as “the nation’s original advocate of school choice,” according to Philanthropy Magazine and have been named “the nation’s leading voucher advocates” by the Wall Street Journal.

  • Great Schools is the country's leading source of information on school performance. With listings of 200,000 public and private schools serving students from preschool through high school and more than 800,000 parent ratings and reviews, Great Schools has become the go-to guide for parents aiming to make a smart school choice.

  • Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) is an organization dedicated to building a sustainable network of cross-sector partnerships at the state, regional, and local levels to advance public policy, increase funding and resources, and promote quality afterschool and summer learning programs throughout Indiana.

  • The Indiana Association for Career and Technical Education (Indiana ACTE) is the professional organization that is committed to teachers, administrators, and staff who believe in Career and Technical education for the young people in our country. Indiana ACTE is committed to doing all it can to promote and strengthen career education for today's youth "whether they are college bound, struggling to find meaning in school, or somewhere in between," students that will go on to become the leaders in the workforce and careers of tomorrow.

  • The Indiana Association of Home Educators (IAHE) is a non-profit organization founded to support and to encourage families interested in home education. Its primary functions are maintaining visibility as home educators with civil government leaders, influencing the legislative process and sponsoring seminars for parent education.

  • The Indiana Association of Public Education Foundations (INAPEF) serves as a resource to local education foundations and as a catalyst to increase community involvement for the enhancement of public education in the state of Indiana.

  • The Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS) supports a comprehensive, relevant, responsible, and accessible program of education for all the children of Indiana. IAPSS believes that providing leadership for student learning in the public schools is its first priority. Human and material resources of IAPSS must be directed toward the promotion of a positive learning environment.

  • The Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) leads in the advocacy and support of all principals in their commitment to every child.

  • The Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) is a not-for-profit professional membership organization for music teachers, kindergarten through collegiate levels. IMEA provides professional development opportunities for music teachers, as well as extracurricular performance and learning opportunities for Indiana music students.

  • The Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) is an organization of educators that advocate for great public schools, the children of Indiana and for life-long learning. The mission of the ISTA is to provide the resources necessary to enable local affiliates to effectively advocate for members, children and for public education.

  • The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is a fourteen-member public body created in 1971 to define the educational missions of public colleges and universities; plan and coordinate Indiana’s state-supported system of postsecondary education; review budget requests from public institutions and the State Student Assistance Commission and approve or disapprove for public institutions the establishment of new programs or expansion of campuses.

  • The Indiana Chamber of Commerce works proactively on behalf of its members and constituents. The Chamber recognizes this can best be achieved by providing a world-competitive business climate throughout the state in order to maximize opportunity for meaningful employment of all Indiana citizens. The Chamber does this by advancing thoughtful legislation and public policy, and serving as the convenient source of reliable business information for our members and constituents.

  • The Indiana Department of Workforce Development manages and implements innovative employment programs for Hoosiers, unemployment insurance systems, and facilitates regional economic growth initiatives for Indiana.

  • Indiana's Education Service Centers provide Indiana's school corporations access to services such as cooperative purchasing, professional development programs, and the repair of audio/visual equipment and computers. Every school corporation in the state of Indiana has the opportunity to be a member of a regional education service center.

  • Indiana's Education Roundtable, appointed and co-chaired by the Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction, serves to improve education for all Hoosier students. The Roundtable is a committed group of diverse stakeholders including key leaders from K-12 and higher education, business, industry and labor, parents and community, and the Indiana General Assembly. Their purpose is to focus collectively on critical issues in education and to set and maintain a vision for educational change and student success in Indiana.

  • The Indiana General Assembly is the state legislature, or legislative branch, of the state of Indiana. It is a bicameral legislature that consists of a lower house, the Indiana House of Representatives, and an upper house, the Indiana Senate. The General Assembly meets annually at the Indiana State House in Indianapolis. Members of the General Assembly are elected from districts that are realigned every ten years. Representatives serve terms of two years and senators serve terms of four years. Both houses can create bills, but bills must pass both houses before they can be submitted to the governor and enacted into law.

  • The Indiana Middle Level Education Association (IMLEA) is dedicated to promoting, improving, and supporting middle level education. It is the intent of IMLEA to move ahead in its pursuit to: expand its role as a resource clearinghouse; provide up-to-date information on current best practices for middle school education; be a continuing voice for middle level policy in the legislature; and provide opportunities for middle level educators to network on best practices of meeting the needs of adolescents.

  • The Indiana Non-Public Education Association (INPEA) is an association representing non-public schools in Indiana. More than 415 schools, 96,000 students and 6,900 teachers, pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade, are part of the organization. INPEA provides a framework for communication and cooperation among non-public schools in Indiana, pre-school through secondary. In addition, INPEA strives to maintain productive relationships with the Indiana Department of Education, the federal government and other agencies that impact quality education.

  • The Indiana PTA actively supports and advocates on behalf of children in the schools, in the community, and before governmental agencies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children. The PTA encourages parent and community involvement in the public schools of this state and nation.

  • The Indiana Public Charter Schools Association (IPCSA) supports a comprehensive network of public charter schools serving the needs of families and students throughout the state. Nearly 27,000 students attend 65 tuition-free, public charter schools in Indiana. Public charter schools provide choice in education to parents. They are free to be creative and innovative in their approach, but are held to strict accountability standards for student achievement.

  • The Indiana State Board of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Depart,net of Education will lead the improvement of student learning in the K-12 schools of Indiana. The Board believes each Hoosier child is educated to have the knowledge, skills, maturity, social competence and motivation to be: prepared to succeed in further education, an effective participant in the global economy, a positive influence in the community and an active citizen in American democracy.

  • The Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA) trains and supports school board members in their governance roles and to advocates for the highest quality public education for all children.

  • The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) promotes the healthy development of Indiana children and youth by serving the people, institutions and communities that impact their well-being. IYI offers a wide array of resources for parents, including college and career counseling to assist Hoosier youth to pursue their goals.

  • Learn More Indiana is designed to guide Hoosiers on how to get to college so students of all ages can achieve the dream of a degree. Learn More Indiana is a statewide communication effort to raise the educational attainment of Hoosiers made possible through a partnership of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana, with additional support from USA Funds, Inc. and Lumina Foundation for Education.

  • School Choice Indiana (SCI) is a non-partisan, statewide organization dedicated to the principle that providing parents with real choices in the education of their children will improve educational outcomes and improve the quality of education, both in private and public schools.

  • Stand for Children has commissioned fifteen education policy research papers to identify the most promising strategies for ensuring that disadvantaged students graduate high school, ready for, and with access to college.

  • The State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana's mission is to: make college affordable with need-based student grants; allow choice by granting awards to students attending public, independent & proprietary colleges; and increase college preparation by giving additional grants to students graduating from high school with Core 40 and Academic Honors Diplomas and to 21st Century Scholars.