There are quite a few outstanding people and organizations already leading the charge to support joyful learning in many different ways. We have no affiliation or partnership with these people / organizations unless noted below, but believe that their work should be shared.
21st Century Skills
Encouraging the convergence of art, business, creativity, innovation, and science.
Action For Happiness
Bringing together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone.
Using "hands-on, project-based experiential learning" to meet student needs.
Center for Applied Science and Technology
Encourages the use of the universal design for learning and other efforts for inclusive education.
Common Sense Media
Independent nonprofit focusing on the relationships between kids, families, media, and technology.
Supporting children and families through a set of partnerships between schools and community resources.
Providing high quality, dynamic, digital content to school districts.
The Edible Schoolyard Project
Building and sharing a sustainable food curriculum for all schools.
(For four years, Jason was the principal at the school housing the ESP)
What works in education- focus on creativity and technology.
Inspire motivation to learn and have students and adults become leaders of learning.
Full Belly Farm
Certified organic farm also providing outreach and educational programs.
"To inspire, equip, and mobilize youth to take action that changes the world and themselves through service."
Greater Good Science Center
"studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society."
Student led sustainable urban living projects.
Hands On Education
Increasing the access that students and teachers have to hands‐on science and technology education equipment.
The Happiness Initiative
Supporting happiness projects across the United States
Harvard Project Zero
Enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines.
Bob Sullo's "internalmotivation.net will help you create non-coercive schools, homes, and work environments where people are motivated to do their best in a joyful atmosphere of productivity and collaboration."
Kids Care Clubs
Helping groups of youth work together to find service opportunities.
Working "with K-12 students to identify, research and address real community challenges (an approach known as service-learning)."
Learning to Give
"Learning to Give educates youth about the importance of philanthropy, the civil society sector, and civic engagement. The Learning to Give website offers over 1,600 K-12 lessons and educational resources for teachers, parents, youth workers, faith groups and community leaders free of charge."
Little Kids Rock
Transforms children's lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools.
Integrating mindfulness into education.
The Mosaic Project
Working with elementary students to promote diversity, inclusion, tolerance, and peace.
National Art Education Association
Advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.
National Institute for Play
"...committed to bringing the unrealized knowledge, practices and benefits of play into public life."
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.
Partnership for 21st Century Skills
Advocates for 21st century skills for every student. Links to many resources on 21st Century skills.
Increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play
Points of Light
National volunteer resource provider.
Project Based Learning
Plan rigorous and relevant standards-focused projects that engage students in authentic learning activities.
Responsive Elementary Schools
Educators creating safe, challenging, and joyful elementary schools.
What Kids Can Do
Empowering youth to become more involved members of society
Whole Child Education
Promotes the development of children who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
Whole Child Network of Schools
ASCD sponsored network of schools committed to "a comprehensive school improvement process using the tenets of the Whole Child Initiative—healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged—and indicators (PDF) as a sustainable whole child approach to educating their students."
Youth Service America
Mobilizing youth through service opportunities.
"iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens by creating free and innovative educational [civics] materials."
"Safe Places to Play"
Websites for kids - hosted and sponsored by different federal agencies
Educational software, apps, and activities
College student fun - often in an educational way!
"MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages... The MAKE audience continues to be a growing culture and community that believes in bettering ourselves, our environment, our educational system—our entire world."
Science News for Kids
"Science News for Kids was launched in 2003 by Society for Science & the Public (SSP) as a youth edition and companion to the Society’s Science News magazine.
"... the Society advances the popular understanding of science through publications and educational competitions and programs. Its mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire."
The Happiness Project
"On her popular blog, The Happiness Project, [Gretchen Rubin] reports on her daily adventures in the pursuit of happiness."
Wikipedia Education Foundation
"The Wikipedia Education Program's vision is to mobilize and empower the next generation of human-knowledge generators to contribute to Wikimedia projects.
"Professors who participate in our program assign their students to edit Wikipedia articles as part of their coursework. Students are assisted by trained Wikipedia Ambassadors, who help both in the class and on wiki."