America Forward Coalition Members Step Up — July 2023

Every month, America Forward highlights examples of the vital work being done by our Coalition members to support students, families, educators, workers, elected leaders, advocates, and communities across the country. If your organization has resources, an announcement, or a story you would like to see included, please send it to

The People 

The People works to organize everyday Americans to promote solutions-driven government action and uplift communities and civic engagement across the country. Earlier this summer, they held their fifth annual National Assembly to discuss their progress so far, their upcoming work, and the goals that will continue bringing Americans together and improving lives across the country. You can view a recording of the event now and get involved on their website!

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is a nonprofit working to promote the highest standards for educators in order to offer students the best learning experiences. Recently, they’ve launched a new National Board Homeroom landing page with updated resources and detailed information and timelines to better guide educators through the certification and National Board process. Educators can check out the Homeroom and resources now, or start with Session 1 today!

The Wyman Center

The Wyman Center focuses on uplifting teenagers who come from economically disadvantaged circumstances with programming and support that encourages success and leadership in their communities. Earlier this summer, they released their 2022 Annual Report, and you can check it out now to learn more about how their work has impacted the lives of over 30,000 youth nationally, including the expansion of their Teen Connection Project and development of the Youth Leadership Council.

Think of Us

Think of Us focuses on research and innovative solutions to reform and improve the child welfare system based on the experiences of those who have been directly impacted by the system. This spring, they released a new report, Exploring Federal Supports for Transition-Age Youth. Read their report to learn how federal policy can address key priorities to positively impact transition-age youth.

Springboard Collaborative

With pandemic learning loss still plaguing students across the country, organizations like Springboard Collaborative, which works to close the literacy gap by supporting parent-teacher collaboration, are critical to helping students get back on track. This summer, the Springboard Summer program allows students, parents, and educators to make use of the summer days to improve student literacy through extra instruction, family workshops, and more. Caretakers, educators, and school leadership can start by downloading their free toolkit on family-educator collaborations here.

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