Family and Community Engagement

Family and community engagement is a proven strategy for raising student achievement and strengthening schools. Organizing groups across the country in communities that have been poorly served by our education system are building the power to demand and win real improvements.

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Henry M. Perez and Perla Madera

A ten-year effort led by youth, community organizers, and a range of partners resulted in two new, successful high schools and showed the power of grassroots mobilization for social justice.

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Natasha Capers and Shital C. Shah

The community schools movement has led to powerful collaborations in New York City and nationally between educators, unions, families, communities, and other partners to provide services and transform learning.

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Michael McAfee and Mauricio Torre

The Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood illustrates how setting clear goals for collective impact and making sure local efforts get needed support can result in sustainable systemic change in low-income communities.

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Janet Lopez and Peter Rivera

More and better learning time funders in Denver and Los Angeles find that strategic investments can leverage community-wide change and lead to more equitable outcomes for young people.

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Oona Chatterjee

An array of community organizations forged a citywide coalition in New York City to create an equity-driven education vision and impact the 2013 mayoral campaign and election.

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Billy Easton

Community organizers and advocates in New York City developed a two-pronged strategy for change in the 2013 mayoral campaign and election after twelve years of market-driven reforms.

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Fiorella Guevara

An innovative community engagement process in New York City led to an education platform that reflected both the priorities of the community and research on best practices.

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Phil Weinberg, Kim Sweet, Doug Israel, and Liz Sullivan-Yuknis

New York City policy experts reflect on how they co-created policy recommendations that incorporated community expertise.

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Julian Vinocur

Youth, parents, and teachers in New York City used traditional and new media to broadcast loudly against education policies that were not working – and to demand change.

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Pedro Noguera

The mayoral election in New York City represented a rejection of market-driven philosophies, but advocates must move beyond a critique of failed reforms to implement a new agenda.