For Districts

lesley ellis School teacher and students work on writing short stories. photo by richard howard.

The following is a list of organizations that support educators and schools in delivering high quality education to all kinds of learners.


A membership organization that develops programs  and services essential to the way educators learn, teach and read.

National Association of State Directors of Special Education 
Provides leadership to improve educational services and outcomes for students with disabilities throughout the United States.

Association of Independent Schools in New England - AISNE
Provides educational leadership and relevant, responsive services to its diverse membership; promotes equity, excellence and collaboration within the New England independent school community; supports schools in their service to a broader public purpose; and advocates for the independence of member schools and the value of independent education.

National Association of Independent Schools 
NAIS's mission is to be the national voice of independent schools and the center for collective action on their behalf.

Consulting Organizations

Education Resources Consortium
The ERC provides services to schools, districts, non-profit organizations and philanthropies, delivering a blend of expert coaching and a combination of analytical tools that generate actionable insights and deliver results.

National Institute on Out-of-School Time

For nearly 30 years, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time at Wellesley College has moved the afterschool field forward through its research, education and training, consultation, and field-building. Much of NIOST’s work has encompassed projects of national scope and influence, several representing “firsts” for the field and many focusing on building out-of-school time systems.

Employment/Training Resources

National Youth Employment Coalition  
A national membership network that improves the effectiveness of organizations that seek to help youths become productive citizens.

Special Education Resources

All Kinds of Minds

This organization offers a range of programs to help parents, educators, clinicians, and kids understand and manage learning issues.

MassPAC at the Federation for Children with Special Needs is the statewide organization providing information, training, and networking opportunities to Massachusetts special education parent advisory councils (PACs) and the professionals who collaborate with them.

Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private schools 

NESEP Network Online Community

The professional network for New England Special Education Professionals is sponsored by Schools for Children. Visit us and become a fan on Facebook.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
The Federal Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages.

Special Child Disorder Zone Archives -
The Disorder Zone has been created for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice.

The Hallowell Centers
Resources of information and tools about many areas of mental health and well being, including attention deficit disorders. Dr. Edward Hallowell is also a member of  Dearborn Academy's professional advisory council.

Think: Kids
Think: Kids is a program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital that trains adults in a revolutionary new way of helping kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. The program provides clinical services to families and training, consultation, support and outreach to parents, educators, clinicians and systems. Think: Kids provides services to Seaport Academy.

Teaching Resources

International Society for Technology in Education
A membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education.

Big Picture Learning
Big Picture Learning’s mission is to lead vital changes in education, both in the United States and internationally, by generating and sustaining innovative, personalized schools that work in tandem with the real world of the greater community.