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ERIC Number: ED515269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 240
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-934742-35-8
Community Organizing for Stronger Schools: Strategies and Successes
Mediratta, Kavitha; Shah, Seema; McAlister, Sara
Harvard Education Press
In cities across America, community organizations are taking up the cause of public school reform. Their efforts are radically transforming the role of young people, parents, and community members in public education. As the results of their campaigns become more visible, community groups are igniting interest and gaining support among education reform advocates, policy makers, and private foundations. Drawing on a six-year national study, "Community Organizing for Stronger Schools" offers a richly textured analysis of community organizing for school reform. The authors examine the role of organizing in building social and political capital and improving educational outcomes for students in some of the nation's most challenged school districts. They delineate the strategic choices and organizational characteristics that foster successful initiatives and consider how community organizing can support increased civic engagement and sustained educational reform. Finally, they discuss the challenges facing this burgeoning field in a new era of American politics.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Graduate School of Education