First Amendment Schools: Educating for Freedom and Responsibility, is a national school reform initiative designed to help schools teach and practice the civic principles and virtues vital to democracy, freedom and the common good. First Amendment Schools (FAS) was launched by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the First Amendment Center on March 16, 2001, the 250th anniversary of James Madison’s birth. Today the First Amendment Schools Network includes schools throughout the nation – K-12, public and private – committed to becoming laboratories of democratic freedom.
ASCD, an international, nonprofit association, is one of the largest professional development organizations for educator leaders. It provides education information services, offers cutting-edge professional development for effective teaching and learning, and supports activities to provide educational equity for all students.
The First Amendment Center is an operating program of the Freedom Forum, a non-partisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech, and free spirit for all people. The center works to preserve and protect First Amendment freedoms through information and education. The center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of free-expression issues, including freedom of speech, of the press and of religion, the right to assemble and petition the government.