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  • Studying the Struggle: Contexts for Learning and Identity Development for Urban Youth

    Activism and organizing can be a fertile subject matter for young people to study. This article presents a case study of a summer seminar in which urban high school students examined the historical struggle for educational justice in their communities. Adopting a “communities of practice” approach to learning, the article documents the changing participation of ...

  • Becoming Critical Public Historians: Students Study Diversity and Access in Post “Brown v. Board” Los Angeles

    Anniversaries of major historical events, such as the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education, provide social studies teachers with the opportunity to connect their classroom study to broader public conversations about the event and its significance. This article reports on the one such effort – an intensive five ...

  • Beyond the Ivory Tower: Research And Community Organizing For School Reform

    Prepared for the 2005 conference of the American Educational Research Association, this readers theater presentation explains the use of research and community organizing to change the landscape of educational politics. Read more here. Author(s): Julie Flapan Joanna Goode Mary Johnson Julie Mendoza Jeannie Oakes Yvonne Paul Michelle Renée John Rogers Luis Sanchez Publication Date: 2005   Image from presentation by the authors 

  • “More Justice”: The Role of Organized Labor in Educational Reform

    This article explores the potential role of low-wage service sector unions in engaging in equity-minded school reform. The members of many such unions are parents of children attending poorly resourced public schools. In seeking to address the interests of their members, labor unions can draw upon resources, organizing strategies, and political relationships to contribute to ...

  • Unions and Education Justice: The Case of SEIU Local 1877 Janitors and the “Parent University”

    The third brief in the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment’s (IRLE) series of Research and Policy Briefs highlights the work of the Service Employees International Union Local 1877, the UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access, UCLA School of Law’s Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, and the UCLA Labor Center ...

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