Community Organizing for Stronger Schools

Community Organizing for Stronger Schools Strategies and Successes

By Kavitha Mediratta, Seema Shah, and Sara McAlister
cloth, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-934742-35-8
Price: 54.95

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paper, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-934742-34-1
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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.

Praise

The authors of Community Organizing for Stronger Schools make a compelling argument that organizing can, and does, strengthen public education. This is the first analysis to document the link between community organizing and improved student educational outcomes. It also identifies effective strategies to mobilize communities, build coalitions, and collaborate with educators. In the end, this book offers a new paradigm for understanding how urban schools and the communities they serve can work together to improve education for the students who need it most. This book is a ‘must-read’ for school reformers and policy makers, indeed, for all who care about educational justice. — Mark Warren and Karen L. Mapp, codirectors, Community Organizing and School Reform research project, Harvard Graduate School of Education

This is a welcome contribution, original and challenging. I don’t believe any previous book has shown so clearly the wide variety of ways organizing can reshape schools. Nor has any book drawn together such an impressive body of data, much of it quantitative and longitudinal, to support claims of organizing’s effectiveness. At a time when much of the national discussion proceeds as if top-down models were the only way to think about reform; this volume offers a much-needed alternative vision. — Charles M. Payne, Frank P. Hixon Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

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About the Authors

Kavitha Mediratta is currently an education program officer at the New York Community Trust and formerly principal associate at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.

Seema Shah is a principal associate at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.

Sara McAlister is a research associate at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.


Table of Contents (PDF)

Introduction (PDF)

Building Parent Leadership Through Community

Funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program

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