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ERIC Number: ED502386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Vital Voices: Building Constituencies for Public School Reform. Executive Summary
Hirota, Janice M.; Jacobs, Lauren E.; Thomases, Jean
Academy for Educational Development
The Constituency Building Study created a forum for seven grantees and 14 local colleagues to share and reflect on their work. The study proceeded through a series of conversations among the participants and researchers. These conversations explored participants' views of their work; their goals, strategies, and challenges; and their achievements. The major tasks of constituency-building work, and a range of strategies used by participants to achieve their goals are discussed. Constituency building serves to build understanding and a sense of shared interests; create political will and hold public education institutions accountable; and to adjust roles, relationships, and power dynamics. Study participants and constituency groups were found to use various strategies to promote and sustain education excellence and equity. Whether reform efforts start at the school level or with state policy, systemic change remains a common goal. Some constituency builders work to make decision-making broadly inclusive, while others focus in particular on helping ill-served families build their power and assert their needs. [For associated full report, see ED481606.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development; Chapin Hall Center for Children
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A