Quality Organizations to Know
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
From the New School Development Team
PACE - Professional Association of Colorado Educators
PACE is a non-union professional educators association that offers a modern approach to representation and advocacy without a partisan agenda. PACE is the state chapter of AAE, the Association of American Educators. Membership is open to any employee of an educational entity including teachers, paraprofessionals, counselors, school administrators, and district administrators. Student-teachers and retired teachers are invited to join PACE at a reduced rate. Members enjoy quality professional benefits including a $2 million individual liability insurance policy, legal assistance, scholarships, classroom grants, professional resources, and a voice on educational issues, to name a few. Membership with PACE is at a fraction of the cost of many other associations’ dues. If you are interested in learning more, click here.
Building Excellent Schools = BES: Build. Excel. Sustain
Building Excellent Schools announced this week that it is sharpening its focus on leadership training to not only build new schools, but also help existing schools excel and sustain their success over time. To mark this shift, the organization will now be known as BES. Since 1993, the national nonprofit has identified and prepared leaders to found, lead, and grow high-performing schools. About two-thirds of schools founded by BES leaders outperform their local counterparts on state assessments.
“BES has been doing remarkable work for more than two decades; no one else does quite what we do. More than 2,500 alumni of BES programs have created 55,000+ quality school seats across the country. Finding and training leaders to build high-achieving schools that reflect and respond to the needs of their communities is critical work. But it’s not enough,” said BES CEO Aasimah Navlakhi.
“We must support leaders to ensure their schools excel academically, preparing students to be globally competitive and socially aware. And we must support leaders to continuously improve and sustain their schools, so that in five, ten, and 20 years, the next generation of students continues to achieve at high levels,” she said.
[Read more about this shift in focused supports here]