query: training materials for parent organizing for school change

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Sun Feb 10 18:00:27 CST 2008

[ed:  thanks to Betty and Kathy for replying to Naomi's query.]
[ed:  I have added BPON and People for Education from the previous post 
to the COMM-ORG Education Organizing page, http://comm-org.wisc.edu/ed.htm]

From: "Betty G. Robinson" <bgrobinson at verizon.net>

Apologies if someone posted this already, but I have been away.  The 
best materials I have seen and which I have used are from the Cross 
Cities Campaign for Urban School Reform (Chicago).  Sadly they closed 
their doors a year or so ago and their website is down.  I am sure their 
curriculum is still around.  They used to hold training sessions for 
parents in urban school districts.  The materials are a combination of 
thought-provoking discussions and exercises including organizing skills 
-- like picking an issue, developing tactics, urban school reform, using 
a "handle" to plan your campaign, etc.

Betty Robinson


"Kathy Brown" <kathy at bostontenant.org>
Sun, 10 Feb 2008 07:43:55 -0500
colist at comm-org.wisc.edu

Boston Parent Organizing in Boston, BPON is a great community organizing
collaboration in Boston, designed by local community organizing groups,
educational advocates & local progressive funders several years ago. 
having organizers work through local community groups (that have track
record in community organizing), they work collaboratively to organize
Boston parents to organize for improvements,changes, and accountability (to
low income Boston parents) in Boston public schools. Their first organizing
& policy/programatic victory was getting The Boston school dept to hire
parent would be  greliasons in a number of schools. They have done other
good work & at group to connect with.
Their web address is : bpon.org
The interim director is Holly Lockwood

Kathy Brown
Boston Tenant Coalition

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> [ed:  please feel welcomed to copy COMM-ORG with responses to Naomi's 
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> From: Naomi Milstein <nmilstei at yahoo.com>
> Hello Co-listers,
> I'm a community advocacy coordinator in Indianapolis working with 
> parents and students to organize for school reform.  I'm helping to put 
> together a curriculum focused on tools/resources/strategies to 
> strengthen parent organizing for school change. It would be for a 
> training for parents new to organizing.
> Does anyone have similar curricula that you would be willing to share? 
> Or do you know of other resources or organizations I could contact to 
> gain insight on putting this curriculum together?
> Thanks so much!!
> Naomi
> [ed:  the COMM-ORG training page, http://comm-org.wisc.edu/train.htm, 
> and the education organizing page, http://comm-org.wisc.edu/ed.htm, may 
> have useful materials.]
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