ERIC Number: ED469250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Successful Community Organizing for School Reform. Strong Neighborhoods, Strong Schools. The Indicators Project on Education Organizing.
Gold, Eva; Simon, Elaine; Brown, Chris
The Indicators Project on Education Organizing was designed to examine the role of community organizing in school reform. For over 2 years, researchers documented the education organizing of five urban groups. This report presents an education organizing indicators framework that highlights strategies and accomplishments of education organizing. It describes eight indicator areas: leadership development, community power, social capital, public accountability, equity, school-community connection, positive school climate, and high quality curriculum and instruction. It also describes a theory of change that shows how the work of community organizing groups creates a process that leads from increased community capacity to improved student learning. Seven chapters are (1)"Introduction"; (2) "The Problem and What You Will Learn"; (3) "The Education Organizing Indicators Framework"; (4) "The Change Process"; (5) "Making Sense of the Variation in Community Organizing"; (6) "The Added Value of Community Organizing to School Reform"; and (7) "Challenges and Recommendations for Extending and Supporting the Work of Community Organizing." Five appendices present the five case study groups, a map showing locations of community organizing groups, charts showing characteristics of the 19 telephone survey groups, the Indicators Project National Advisory Board, and the education organizing indicators framework. (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, After School Programs, Case Studies, Community Organizations, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Leadership Training, Neighborhood Schools, Parent Participation, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, Urban Schools
Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform, 407 South Dearborn, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60605 ($20). Tel: 312-322-4880; Fax: 312-322-4885; Web site: http://www.crosscity.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Needmor Fund, Toledo, OH.; Edward W. Hazen Foundation, Inc., New Haven, CT.; BellSouth Foundation, Inc. Atlanta, GA.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform, Chicago, IL.; Research for Action, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: California (Oakland); Illinois (Chicago); New York (New York); Pennsylvania (Philadelphia); Texas (Austin)