Non-profit

Consortium for Educational Change (CEC)

Website:

www.cecweb.org

Location:

LOMBARD, IL

Tax ID:

36-4113236

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2019):

Revenue: $4,478,257
Expenses: $4,684,680
Assets: $2,963,851

Formation:

1987

Type:

Educational Advocacy Organization

Executive Director:

Shelley Taylor

Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) is a Chicago-based left-of-center education advocacy organization that seeks social change through education. [1][2] CEC advocates for systemic change in the classroom[3] and works to advance “equity” in education,[4] making labor union leadership and school management a key part of this process. [5] CEC conducts so-called “equity audits” of school-level and district-level systems to find ways to address perceived “systemic inequity.” [6] CEC’s equity advocacy work also incorporates critical race theory-inspired “anti-racist” training at schools. [7]

CEC has been involved in “diversity training” since the 1990s[8] and has convened organized labor leaders and public-school administrators to advance critical race theory-aligned “equity” priorities since at least 2015. [9] CEC endorsed a report by the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development[10] which calls for “systemic change”[11] of education in the United States and acknowledges that “equity means acknowledging that not all students are the same.” [12]

CEC has received millions of dollars of funding from the left-of-center Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation since 2010, including a $7.5 million grant in 2014. [13]

History and Leadership

Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) was formed in 1987 as a coalition of Illinois school districts, key stakeholders, organized labor, and management. [14] Between 2019 and 2020, CEC’s headquarters moved from Lombard, Illinois, to Chicago. [15]

Shelley Taylor is CEC’s executive director. [16]

Activities and Funding

CEC is a left-of-center education advocacy group that calls for systemic change to the classroom[17] and works to advance “equity”[18] in education by making labor union leadership and school management a key part of this process. [19] CEC has convened organized labor leaders and public-school administrators to advance equity priorities since at least 2015[20] and has been involved with so-called diversity training since the 1990s. [21]

In June 2021, CEC co-hosted a forum entitled “Rethinking Our Schools: From Crisis to Opportunity” with several left-of-center and labor union organizations including National Labor Management Partnership, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), American Association of School Administrators (AASA), National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Education Association (NEA), and the National School Boards Association. [22]

CEC endorsed a report by the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development[23] that calls for “systemic change”[24] of education in the United States and acknowledges that “equity means acknowledging that not all students are the same.” [25] CEC also conducted collaborative reports with the left-of-center National Labor Management Partnership and Aspen Institute’s Education and Society Program on climate and advancing equity. [26]

Since 2015, CEC has partnered with Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation (CEDF) on the California Labor Management Initiative (CALMI) to make labor union and school management a key component of “advancing equity in California.” [27]

Equity Audits

CEC offers “equity audit” [28] services at the school-level and district-level to provide recommendations on how to remove “systemic patterns of inequity.” [29] CEC’s equity audits and reports cost between $10,000 and $20,000 and involve data collection, stakeholder surveys, focus groups, and interviews to gather “equity indicators” using taxonomy from a book called Building Equity. [30]  CEC’s equity advocacy includes critical race theory-inspired anti-racist training at schools. [31]

CEC also offers equity-focused curriculum, instruction, and assessment audits;[32] union assessment and strategic planning audits; special education audits; system assessments; boundary audits; and curriculum audits. [33]

Funding

In 2020, Consortium for Educational Change reported $3,348,042 of revenue, down from $4,478,257 in 2019. [34] In 2019, CEC received grants, gifts, and contributions totaling $212,646. That number represents a decline from $5,717,674 in 2015; $1,775,547 in 2016; and $1,244,213 in 2017. [35]

CEC has received millions of dollars of support from the left-of-center Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. CEC has received $1 million in 2018;[36] $1.5 million in 2017; [37] $7.5 million in 2014; [38] $1,501,900 in 2013; [39] $411,722 in 2012; [40] $2,052,066 in 2011; [41] and $50,000 in 2010. [42]

CEC has also received grants of $204,000[43] and $100,000[44] from the National Education Association teachers union and $60,000 from the left-of-center Chicago Community Trust. [45]

Associated Organizations

The pro-labor union organization Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN) is a project of CEC. [46]

References

  1. “About CEC.” Consortium for Educational Change. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/about-cec/. ^
  2. “Consortium for Educational Change.” LinkedIn Organization Profile. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/company/consortium-for-educational-change/about/. ^
  3. “In Memory of Dr. W. Patrick Dolan.” Consortium for Educational Change. Accessed Via Web Archive. November 28, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20161214071619/https://cecillinois.org/memory-dr-w-patrick-dolan/. ^
  4. “California Labor Management Initiative.” Collaborative Networks. Consortium for Educational Change Website. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/cec-collaborative-networks/. ^
  5. “California Labor Management Initiative.” Collaborative Networks. Consortium for Educational Change Website. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/cec-collaborative-networks/. ^
  6. “Our Services: Equity Audits.” Consortium for Educational Change. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/cec-services/diagnosing-needs/. ^
  7. “Leveraging Our Learning and Moving Forward Systemically and Systematically.” Consortium for Educational Change.” PDF Release. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://files.constantcontact.com/3cc9ff36001/53ee8b27-5f8d-4e24-ab46-4dd25975ea73.pdf. ^
  8. “A special meeting of the Board of Education of the Oak Park and River Forest High School.” Meeting Minutes. March 16, 2015. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://intranet.oprfhs.org/board-of-education/board_meetings/Regular_Meetings/Packets/2014-15/April%202015/Minutes/031615a.pdf. ^
  9. “California Labor Management Initiative.” Collaborative Networks. Consortium for Educational Change Website. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/cec-collaborative-networks/. ^
  10. “Report: A Nation at Hope.” Resources. Consortium for Educational Change. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/a-nation-at-hope/. ^
  11. “From a Nation at Risk to A Nation At Hope.” The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. Pg. 30. http://nationathope.org/wp-content/uploads/2018_aspen_final-report_full_webversion.pdf. ^
  12. “From a Nation at Risk to A Nation At Hope.” The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. Pg. 31. http://nationathope.org/wp-content/uploads/2018_aspen_final-report_full_webversion.pdf. ^
  13. “Committed Grants.” Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://www.gatesfoundation.org/about/committed-grants?q=Consortium%20for%20Educational%20Change#jump-nav-anchor0. ^
  14. Nugent, Sean M. “A Comparative Case Study Examining the Implementation of the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) System Assessment Process.” ERIC – Institution of Education Sciences. Published 2018. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED601365. ^
  15. “Consortium for Educational Change.” Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax. (Form 990). 2018. https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2019/364/113/2019-364113236-17381817-9.pdf. ^
  16. “Executive Director.” Consortium for Educational Change. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/about-cec/cec-team/shelley-taylor/. ^
  17. “In Memory of Dr. W. Patrick Dolan.” Consortium for Educational Change. Accessed Via Web Archive. November 28, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20161214071619/https://cecillinois.org/memory-dr-w-patrick-dolan/. ^
  18. “California Labor Management Initiative.” Collaborative Networks. Consortium for Educational Change Website. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/cec-collaborative-networks/. ^
  19. “California Labor Management Initiative.” Collaborative Networks. Consortium for Educational Change Website. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/cec-collaborative-networks/. ^
  20. “California Labor Management Initiative.” Collaborative Networks. Consortium for Educational Change Website. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/cec-collaborative-networks/. ^
  21. “A special meeting of the Board of Education of the Oak Park and River Forest High School.” Meeting Minutes. March 16, 2015. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://intranet.oprfhs.org/board-of-education/board_meetings/Regular_Meetings/Packets/2014-15/April%202015/Minutes/031615a.pdf. ^
  22. “Tweet.”: Consortium for Educational Change Twitter account. May 28, 2021. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://twitter.com/CECsocial/status/1398283852582469638/photo/1. ^
  23. “Report: A Nation at Hope.” Resources. Consortium for Educational Change. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/a-nation-at-hope/. ^
  24. “From a Nation at Risk to A Nation At Hope.” The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. Pg. 30. http://nationathope.org/wp-content/uploads/2018_aspen_final-report_full_webversion.pdf. ^
  25. “From a Nation at Risk to A Nation At Hope.” The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. Pg. 31. http://nationathope.org/wp-content/uploads/2018_aspen_final-report_full_webversion.pdf. ^
  26. “Report: ASPEN This is not a Test.” Consortium for Educational Change. Resources Page. July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/report-aspen-this-is-not-a-test/. ^
  27. “California Labor Management Initiative.” Collaborative Networks. Consortium for Educational Change Website. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/cec-collaborative-networks/. ^
  28. “Our Services: Equity Audits.” Consortium for Educational Change. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/cec-services/diagnosing-needs/. ^
  29. “Our Services: Equity Audits.” Consortium for Educational Change. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/cec-services/diagnosing-needs/. ^
  30. “Our Services: Equity Audits.” Consortium for Educational Change. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/cec-services/diagnosing-needs/. ^
  31. “Leveraging Our Learning and Moving Forward Systemically and Systematically.” Consortium for Educational Change.” PDF Release. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://files.constantcontact.com/3cc9ff36001/53ee8b27-5f8d-4e24-ab46-4dd25975ea73.pdf. ^
  32. “Our Services: Equity Audits.” Consortium for Educational Change. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/cec-services/diagnosing-needs/. ^
  33. “Our Services: Equity Audits.” Consortium for Educational Change. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://cecweb.org/cec-services/diagnosing-needs/. ^
  34. “Consortium for Educational Change.” Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax. (Form 990). 2019. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2020/364/113/2020-364113236-202110609349300921-9.pdf. ^
  35. “Consortium for Educational Change.” Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax. (Form 990). 2019. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2020/364/113/2020-364113236-202110609349300921-9.pdf. ^
  36. “Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.” Return of a Private Foundation. (Form 990-PF). 2018. Accessed July 13, 2021.  https://docs.gatesfoundation.org/Documents/2018%20BMGF%20Form%20990-PF%20For%20Public%20Disclosure.pdf. ^
  37. “Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.” Return of Private Foundation. (Form 990-PF). 2017. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/display_990/562618866/08_2019_prefixes_54-58%2F562618866_201712_990PF_2019082616596852. ^
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  43. “National Education Association of the United States.” Grants and Other Assistance to Organizations, Governments, and Individuals in the United States.” (Form 990, Schedule I). 2014. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/530115260/201622709349300717/IRS990ScheduleI. ^
  44. “National Education Association of the United States.” Grants and Other Assistance to Organizations, Governments and Individuals in the United States. (Form 990, Schedule I). 20154. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/530115260/201711929349300106/IRS990ScheduleI. ^
  45. “The Chicago Community Trust.” Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax.” (Form 990). September 2017. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/display_990/362167000/10_2018_prefixes_34-36%2F362167000_201709_990_2018102615840444. ^
  46. “TURN’s Mission.” Teacher Union Reform Network of AFT & NEA Locals & Partners. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/teacher-union-reform-network/. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: February 1, 1999

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2019 Jun Form 990 $4,478,257 $4,684,680 $2,963,851 $230,816 N $296,633 $4,099,530 $50,299 $1,130,317 PDF
    2018 Jun Form 990 $5,723,366 $5,040,080 $3,061,712 $224,694 N $1,244,213 $4,446,985 $28,542 $830,030 PDF
    2017 Jun Form 990 $6,428,420 $7,752,204 $3,292,367 $448,396 N $1,775,574 $4,672,871 $-15,600 $0 PDF
    2016 Jun Form 990 $8,109,654 $8,634,438 $4,721,648 $553,893 N $5,719,674 $2,317,559 $71,162 $0 PDF
    2015 Jun Form 990 $7,900,290 $6,910,890 $5,180,904 $488,365 N $3,851,850 $4,035,851 $35,380 $0 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $6,919,021 $5,889,593 $4,302,508 $599,369 N $3,262,632 $3,653,314 $72,670 $0 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $6,259,333 $6,841,680 $3,046,987 $373,276 N $4,162,539 $2,079,646 $14,725 $0 PDF
    2012 Jun Form 990 $8,434,987 $5,954,243 $4,070,972 $814,914 N $6,184,694 $2,243,935 $6,358 $0 PDF

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    Consortium for Educational Change (CEC)

    530 E 22ND ST
    LOMBARD, IL 60148-6103