Professional Organizations for Educators
 
 
 
 
Administration 
 
American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
  Professional organization for educational leaders.
URL: http://www.aasa.org
 
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
  Dedicated to assuring that every American boy and girl receives the world's best
elementary and middle school education
.
URL: http://www.naesp.org
 
Art
 
National Art Education Association (NAEA)
  A non-profit organization promoting art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership.
URL: http://www.naea-reston.org
 
 
Counseling
 
American Counseling Association (ACA)
  Dedicated to the growth and development of counseling profession and those who are served.
URL: http://www.counseling.org
 
American School Counselors Association (ASCA)
  Nonprofit organization that supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.
URL: http://www.schoolcounselor.org
 
Early Childhood
 
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  The nation's largest organization of early childhood professionals.
URL: http://www.naeyc.org
 
 
English/Reading
 
American Library Association
  The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world.
URL: http://www.ala.org
 
International Reading Association (IRA)
  A membership organization of literacy professionals.
URL: http://www.reading.org
 
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  A professional association of of educators in English Studies, Literacy, and Language Arts
URL: http://www.ncte.org
 
 
Foreign Languages/ESOL
 
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  Dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction throughout the U.S.
URL: http://www.actfl.org
 
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL)
  A global professional association for English language educators involved in the
teaching English as a second, foreign, or other language.
URL: http://www.tesol.org
 
Gifted
 
Council for Exceptional Education (CEC)
  The largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.
URL: http://www.cec.sped.org
 
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
  A non-profit membership organization for gifted and talented education resources.
URL: http://www.nagc.org
 
 
Mathematics
 
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  Serves math teachers, math educators, and administrators by providing math
resources and professional development opportunities.
URL: http://www.nctm.org
 
 
Science
 
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
  Enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.
URL: http://www.aapt.org
 
National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)
  Empowers educators to provide the best possible biology and life science education for all students.
URL: http://www.nabt.org
 
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  To promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
URL: http://www.nsta.org
 
Social Studies
 
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
  The largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education.
URL: http://www.socialstudies.org
 
 
Special Education
 
Council for Exceptional Education (CEC)
  The largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.
URL: http://www.cec.sped.org
 
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
  A non-profit membership organization for gifted and talented education resources.
URL: http://www.nagc.org
 
Physical Education/Health
 
National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
  Seeks to enhance knowledge and professional practice in sport and physical activity through scientific study and dissemination of research-based and experiential knowledge to members and the public.
URL: http://www.aahperd.org/naspe
 
Reserach
 
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
 

Founded in 1916, the AERA is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.
URL: http://www.aera.net
 
 
Technology
 
Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
  Provide leadership in educational communications and technology by linking professionals.
URL: http://www.aect.org
 
 
Unions
 
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
  Founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social, and professional interests of classroom teachers.  It is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.
URL: http://www.aft.org
 
National Education Association (NEA)
  Committed to advancing the cause of public education.
URL: http://www.nea.org
 
 
Miscellaneous
 
Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
  ACEI's mission is to promote and support in the global community the optimal education and development of children, from birth through early adolescence, and to influence the professional growth of educators and the efforts of others who are committed to the needs of children in a changing society.
URL: http://www.acei.org
 
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  URL: http://www.ascd.org
 
National Middle School Association (NMSA)
  A voice for those committed to the educational and developmental needs of young adolescents. NMSA is the only national education association dedicated exclusively to the growth of middle level education.
URL: http://www.nmsa.org
 
National PTA (PTA)
  A not-for-profit association of parents, educators, students, and other citizens active in their schools and communities.
URL: http://www.pta.org
 
 
National School Boards Association (NSBA)
  A federation of state school boards associations.
URL: http://www.nsba.org
 
National Staff Development Council (NSDC)
  The largest non-profit professional association committed to ensuring success for all students through staff development and school improvement.
URL: http://www.nsdc.org
 
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