By Mark R. Warren
"A fit on Dry Grass argues that group organizing represents a clean and promising method of university reform as a part of a broader schedule to construct strength for low-income groups and handle the profound social inequalities that impact the schooling of children."--Publisher's web site. creation: a brand new circulate for fairness and justice in schooling -- How group organizing works --"A fit on dry grass": organizing for excellent colleges in San Jose -- "An urge for food for change": development relational cultures for academic reform and civic engagement in l. a. -- "Our power is the facility of our community": political schooling and the continuation of the fight in Denver -- "Weaving a tapestry that will not unravel": the transformation of schooling within the Mississippi Delta -- "Acts of leadership": construction strong different types of mum or dad participation in Chicago -- "Cement among the bricks": development colleges and groups in manhattan urban -- development strength and relationships to rework groups and colleges -- end: classes for faculty reform and democracy construction -- Appendix: A collaborative learn technique
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They do not approach people as isolated individuals. Rather, organizing taps into—and grows out of—the shared history, culture, and identity that already exist among people, however nascent. That is, they organize communities. Sociologists have struggled with defining community. By one count in the mid-1950s, sociologists employed over ninety definitions! Perhaps one reason for this diversity of views is that there can be different kinds of community. We can think of community defined by geography—which could be a local community or a national community.
We know that most social movement organizations are finely tuned to the world of alliance building. When organizing groups seek to influence large institutions or pursue reform goals on a large scale, they often require allies that can broaden their base of power. Whether groups succeed in forming broader alliances will therefore affect how organizing efforts grow and develop. 19 The broader policy environment also influences organizing. The initiatives of some groups align with policies promoted by larger policy networks that can often provide support and resources to organizing.
42 The building of community and the development of leaders contribute to institutional change in public education. More specifically, organizing groups work to transform the relationships between organized communities and the institutions of public education. Partly this occurs as groups build the capacity of communities to demand change. But deep relational work is also involved. These new relationships break down the disconnection between educators and low-income communities. They begin to shift the balance of power and create many opportunities for new collaborations and united effort on behalf of children.
A match on dry grass : community organizing as a catalyst for school reform by Mark R. Warren