A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform

Paperback | October 6, 2011

byMark R. Warren, Karen L. MappEditorThe Community Organizing and School Reform Project

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The persistent failure of public schooling in low-income communities constitutes one of our nation's most pressing civil rights and social justice issues. Many school reformers recognize that poverty, racism, and a lack of power held by these communities undermine children's education anddevelopment, but few know what to do about it. A Match on Dry Grass argues that community organizing represents a fresh and promising approach to school reform as part of a broader agenda to build power for low-income communities and address the profound social inequalities that affect the educationof children. Based on a comprehensive national study, the book presents rich and compelling case studies of prominent organizing efforts in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Denver, San Jose, and the Mississippi Delta. The authors show how organizing groups build the participation and leadership of parentsand students so they can become powerful actors in school improvement efforts. They also identify promising ways to overcome divisions and create the collaborations between educators and community residents required for deep and sustainable school reform. Identifying the key processes that createstrong connections between schools and communities, Warren, Mapp, and their collaborators show how community organizing builds powerful relationships that lead to the transformational change necessary to advance educational equity and a robust democracy.

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The persistent failure of public schooling in low-income communities constitutes one of our nation's most pressing civil rights and social justice issues. Many school reformers recognize that poverty, racism, and a lack of power held by these communities undermine children's education anddevelopment, but few know what to do about it. A...

Mark R. Warren is Associate Professor at Harvard University, and author of Fire in the Heart and Dry Bones Rattling. . Karen L. Mapp is Lecturer in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of Beyond the Bake Sale.. The Community Organizing and School Reform Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.98 inPublished:October 6, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199793581

ISBN - 13:9780199793587

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Introduction: A New Movement for Equity and Justice in Education1. How Community Organizing Works2. A Match on Dry Grass" Organizing for Great Schools in San Jose3. "An Appetite for Change" Building Relational Cultures for Educational Reform and Civic Engagement in Los Angeles4. "Our Strength is the Power of Our Community" Political Education and the Continuation of the Struggle in Denver5. "Weaving a Tapestry that won't Unravel" The Transformation of Education in the Mississippi Delta6. "Acts of Leadership" Building Powerful Forms of Parent Participation in Chicago7. "Cement between the Bricks" Building Schools and Communities in New York City8. Building Relationships and Power to Transform Communities and SchoolsConclusion: Lessons for School Reform and Democracy-Building