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ERIC Number: ED528709
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
Getting Started in Education Organizing: Resources and Strategies
Center for Education Organizing (NJ1)
Over the past two decades, community organizing has emerged as an effective force for school improvement. In the context of shrinking education funding, stubborn opportunity and achievement gaps between low-income and wealthy children and between children of color and White children, and polarizing debate on school reform, community organizing offers a methodology for parents and community members to effect meaningful change for the students who've been mostly poorly served by school systems. This publication outlines strategies and resources for groups considering education organizing. It is intended mainly for community organizations that have some experience with base building and organizing. It explores the ways in which education differs from other issue areas, how to gather data and research on local schools and schooling issues, how to engage local parents, and approaches to working with educators and other allies. Throughout, this report provides examples drawn from a range of organizing groups across the country and links to other resources. While each organization, school, district, and state is different, there are a number of common questions and considerations that community organizing groups working to improve schools can begin with. This report draws its examples largely from urban school reform organizing, both because the experience has been mainly in New York City and other large cities and because the scholarship on education organizing has largely emphasized urban groups. Rural groups have done excellent education work, however. A list of resources is presented at the end of this brief for examples of rural organizing. (Contains 1 figure and 1 footnote.)
Center for Education Organizing. Available from: Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Brown University, Box 1985, Providence, RI 02912. Tel: 212-328-9280; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
Identifiers - Location: California; Colorado; Florida; Illinois; Minnesota; Mississippi; New York; Pennsylvania; Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act