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Education Associations: Organizational Change Driven by Students at the Center


This Issue Brief asks and explores three key questions that have been posed by practitioners, policy makers and researchers alike, questions that continue to fuel the debate on the role and relevance of associations in today’s reform landscape.


  • How are associations developing and codifying a new vision for themselves?
  • What are they doing to make that vision a reality?
  • How are they holding themselves accountable for instructional quality and student outcomes?


In the vignettes presented below, two NEA Foundation association partners—San Juan Teachers Association (SJTA), CA and Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA), MD—provide further insight into how many educators and their associations have approached these questions and with what results.


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