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Community Organizing for Stronger Schools Strategies and Successes by Kavitha Mediratta, Seema Shah, Sara McAlister
  

Community Organizing for Stronger Schools Strategies and Successes

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Community Organizing for Stronger Schools Strategies and Successes by Kavitha Mediratta, Seema Shah, Sara McAlister

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.

Reviews

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


About the Author

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.

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Publication date

15th October 2009

Author

Kavitha Mediratta, Seema Shah, Sara McAlister

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Publisher

Harvard Educational Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
230 pages

Categories

Teaching skills & techniques

ISBN

9781934742341

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