ERIC Number: ED469255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Case Study: OCO, Oakland Community Organizations. Strong Neighborhoods, Strong Schools. The Indicators Project on Education Organizing.
Gold, Eva; Simon, Elaine; Brown, Chris
This report describes Oakland, California's Oakland Community Organizations (OCO), which is committed to the improvement of long-term prospects for families and youth living in the Oakland flatlands neighborhoods. These are low- to moderate-income, traditionally African American communities where numerous immigrant groups have settled in recent years. This report 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 highlights OCO's accomplishments in four areas: community power, equity, social capital, and leadership development. It presents a model of the relationship of indicators to goals of the community organizing groups, introduces OCO, describes the flatlands and its schools, discusses the campaign for small autonomous schools, and looks at indicators and measures. It concludes by discussing future directions (e.g., engaging principals and keeping teachers and new small schools connected). Three appendices present definitions of indicator areas, the Indicators Project advisory group, and OSO indicator charts (strategies, results, and data sources). (SM)
Descriptors: Black Students, Case Studies, Community Organizations, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Leadership Training, Low Income Groups, Neighborhood Schools, Neighborhoods, Parent Participation, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, Small Schools, Social Capital, 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: Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform, Chicago, IL.; Research for Action, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: California (Oakland)