The National School Reform Faculty (NSRF) began
in 1995 and was initially funded by the Annenberg Institute of School
Reform at Brown University. NSRF developed a specific type of learning
community, Critical Friends Groups (CFGs), and protocols, their associated
tools, for educators to improve their practice to impact student learning.
The rapid growth of this work was due to a highly committed and skilled
national network of educators.
In 2000, after AISR funding was over, the Co-Directors moved NSRF's
National Center to the Harmony Education Center. The National Center
is a steward of NSRF's collective vision, a national advocate for
the organization's mission, a conduit for communication, a guide for
research and development efforts, and a repository for materials and
Since then, NSRF's national network of educators has worked to deepen
and sustain the impact of CFGs on student learning, teacher practice,
and school culture. In addition to its existing relationships, NSRF
has explored new partnerships with school districts across the country,
as well as with national and regional educational organizations and, through
the efforts of its National Facilitators.