ERIC Number: ED469251
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Case Study: AOP, Alliance Organizing Project. Strong Neighborhoods, Strong Schools. The Indicators Project on Education Organizing.
Gold, Eva; Pickron-Davis, Marcine; Brown, Chris
This report describes Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's, Alliance Organizing Project (AOP), which organized parents and families of Philadelphia's public school students to become full partners in Philadelphia school reform. It is one of five case studies in the Indicators Project on Education Organizing, which identified eight indicators of the impact of community organizing for school reform (leadership development, community power, social capital, public accountability, equity, school-community connection, positive school climate, and high quality curriculum and instruction). This report presents a model of the relationship of indicator areas to goals of the community organizing groups, introduces the AOP, describes the evolution of the AOP in the context of systemic reform, and discusses indicators and measures. It focuses on the AOP's accomplishments in four of the eight indicator areas: leadership development, school-community connection, social capital, and educational equity. The report concludes by looking at future directions in deepening, sustaining, and expanding school-level organizing; building on AOP's existing relationships with teachers; and impacting policy and system-wide change. Three appendices present definitions of the indicator areas, the Indicators Project advisory group, and AOP indicators charts (strategies, results, and data sources). (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, After School Programs, Case Studies, Community Organizations, Educational Change, Educational Equity (Finance), 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 ($10). Tel: 312-322-4880; Fax: 312-322-4885; Web site: http://www.crosscity.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: BellSouth Foundation, Inc. Atlanta, GA.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Edward W. Hazen Foundation, Inc., New Haven, CT.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia, PA.; Needmor Fund, Toledo, OH.
Authoring Institution: Research for Action, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.; Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform, Chicago, IL.