Institute for
Educational Inquiry

Center for
Educational Renewal

National Network for
Educational Renewal

Agenda for Education
in a Democracy

Agenda para la Educacion
en una Democracia

Foundation Support


Institute for Educational Inquiry
124 East Edgar Street
Seattle, WA 98102
Tel: (206) 325-3010

Center for Educational Renewal
124 East Edgar Street
Seattle, WA 98102
Tel: (206) 325-3010

Educational Inquiry

The Institute for Educational Inquiry (IEI) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1992 by John Goodlad to advance the Agenda for Education in a Democracy.

The IEI is an independent, nonprofit corporation with conceptual and administrative links to the Center for Educational Renewal (CER) in the College of Education at the University of Washington. It is funded completely by the generous support of many philanthropic foundations dedicated to supporting education. The many funders of the Institute and Center are listed here. See the Center for Educational Renewal for the earlier history and genesis of the IEI.

Much of the work of the Institute involves conducting extensive professional development programs on a wide range of educational issues that bring together P-12, college of education, and arts and sciences faculty from the settings of the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER). The professional development programs of the IEI are diverse, including long-term programs to expand diversity in teaching and teacher education programs; to integrate the arts into the preparation of all elementary classroom teachers; to develop leadership skills of faculty within schools, colleges of education, and the arts and sciences; to establish greater understanding between journalists and educators; and others. All of our activities are made possible through the generosity of many philanthropic foundations and individual donors. Visit our programs page for more information about these exciting initiatives.

Administratively, the work of the Institute is done by a small group of dedicated professionals. See the staff page for names and contact information of our in-house staff and our various initiative program leaders and consultants. The Institute's work is also guided by a Board of Directors made up of both local and national figures.

The Institute works to advance the Agenda for Education in a Democracy. This Agenda consists of a four-part mission, a set of strategies to achieve that mission, and conditions that are necessary to carry out the strategies.

The agenda is mission driven and research based. It seeks to:

  • Foster in the nation's young the skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary for effective participation in a social and political democracy.
  • Ensure that all youths have access to those understandings and skills required for satisfying and responsible lives regardless of race, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or birth language.
  • Develop and provide continuing support to educators who nurture the learning and well-being of every student.
  • Ensure that educators are competent and committed to serving as stewards of their schools.

To accomplish this mission, schools and universities seek simultaneous renewal of schools and the education of educators. They do so by putting in place the conditions necessary to renewing the nation's schools and its democracy.

Why this Agenda is Important

The Four-Part Mission

What the IEI Does

Institute for Educational Inquiry

Individual Donors

Foundations Providing Financial Support

The IEI Gets Results

The IEI is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on grants from foundations and donations from individuals for its financial support. To date, approximately forty foundations and fifty individuals have provided funding to the Institute. Contributions to the IEI are tax-deductible to the extent the law allows and may be mailed to Paula McMannon at 124 East Edgar Street, Seattle, Washington 98102.


League of Democratic Schools

John I. Goodlad initiated the League of Small Democratic Schools (LSDS) in 2004 to promote professional development that emphasizes the growth of students as individuals who are successful members of a democratic society and to help preserve schools that successfully advance the Agenda for Education in a Democracy. As of August 2007, the name has been changed to the League of Democratic Schools (LODS). Here are links to documents highlighting the League purposes, characteristics, and benefits, as well as a brief description of the League which includes 2007-2008 member schools.

LSDS Notes January 2007 Issue

LSDS Notes May 2007 Issue

LODS Newsletter November 2007 Issue

Developing Networks of Responsibility
to Educate America's Youths

"Engaging with the Community: Developing Networks of Responsibility to Educate America's Youths" features reflections by people engaged in the DN initiative.

The publication includes a preface by John Goodlad, a description of the initiative, five stories told by DN participants, an evaluative report by Ann Foster, and comments regarding sustaining collaborative engagement.

The booklet is attached here as a pdf document. (Check out the link for ordering information.)


Board of Directors

The Institute's Board of Directors includes:

  • Gregory Bernhardt, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Wright State University
  • D. Joseph Clark, former President of VideoDiscovery, Inc., and former Senior Science Advisor for Discovery Education
  • Eugene Edgar, Professor of Special Education, University of Washington
  • John I. Goodlad, President, Institute for Educational Inquiry, and Professor Emeritus, University of Washington
  • Stephen John Goodlad, Filmmaker
  • Timothy J. McMannon, History Instructor, Highline Community College, Des Moines, Washington
  • Arlene Oki, Department of Housing and Human Services, City of Seattle
  • Roger Soder, Research Professor of Education, University of Washington

For questions regarding the work of the Institute, please contact Elen Ward or Paula McMannon.

For a brief description of the Agenda for Education in a Democracy and its relationship to the Institute, click here.


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