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Study of Education Organizing

Harvard University

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Success Beyond High School
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period June 1, 2007–May 31, 2008
  • Location Cambridge, MA, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Community organizing has emerged as a powerful force for the reform of public education in low-income communities. Over the past 15 years, hundreds of organizing groups have worked to address the improvement of local schools, making significant impacts on improving policy and practice at the school, district, and state levels. While these accomplishments show the potential of the field, there is not yet a detailed understanding of the mechanisms through which education organizing accomplishes its goals. This research, a project of Harvard University will build on earlier research including the Mott-funded eight-site study of community-driven reform with a focus on examining the processes critical to success or failure in education organizing.