Resources

The Fight For America’s Schools: Grassroots Organizing in Education, edited by Barbara Ferman

In The Fight for America’s Schools, Barbara Ferman brings together a diverse

group of contributors to investigate how parents, communities, teachers, unions,

and students are mobilizing to oppose market-based reforms in education. Drawing

on a series of rich case studies, the book illustrates how disparate groups can

forge new alliances to work together toward common goals.

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URBAN Education Node: Human Rights Webinar

URBAN Education Node: Human Rights Webinar

Human Rights in Education Coalition-Building

The URBAN Ed Node has been working to launch coalition-building with human rights organizations and educators. We are hosting a Human Rights Webinar, to be held May 24, from 12pm-1:15pm Mountain Standard Time. We have 50 slots available for the webinar, so if you would like to attend, you will need to reserve your spot by going to the link below.

https://docs.google.com/a/communityalliesconsulting.com/document/d/1c3l4EJrYPoqQD5VbSVzt8JfIZjKbPdytXiBqCsc0Rmc/edit?usp=sharing

 

Attached is a flyer that explains how to access the webinar and who the presenters are, or see below.

We ask that you reserve your spot in the next couple of days, and then, after Monday, May 15, we welcome you to distribute it to your networks.

We also will distribute this to a few other human rights networks at that time.

We look forward to learning with human rights scholars how we as educators can support their organizing efforts, and we look forward to learning how schools are taking up productive human rights frameworks and practices.

Warmly,

The URBAN Ed Node Co-Chairs:

Sarah Hobson

Joy Howard

Ana Antunes
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URBAN Webinar on Critical Participatory Research (CPAR)

The URBAN Network invites you for its first Webinar on Critical Participatory Research (CPAR)

When: February 3, 1:00 PM (MST)

Who: Ana Antunes, University of Utah

Julio Cammarota, Iowa State University

Ben Kirschner, University of Colorado

Chereta Madison, University of Colorado

Maria Torre, City University of New York

What: The Webinar will focus on defining CPAR and answering practical questions about utilizing the methodology.

This is a FREE event but registration is REQUIRED

Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/UahjZF4FBAHccjIS2

From Youth Organizers to Social Justice Activists? Experiences of Youth Organizers Transitioning to Adulthood

From Youth Organizers to Social Justice Activists? Experiences of Youth Organizers Transitioning to Adulthood documents the experiences of former youth organizers in Boston and identifies the ways in which they stay connected to social justice work as young adults. This report also discusses the challenges of staying connected to social justice work and recommends ways that youth organizing groups can help their alumni stay connected to social justice work as they transition into young adulthood.

This report is the product of a collaborative research partnership between the University of Massachusetts, Boston and three youth organizing groups in Boston: the Boston-area Youth Organizing Project (BYOP), Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project (REEP), and The City School. The UMass Boston team included five doctoral students that participated in the Practicum in Community-Based Research course offered in the Department of Public Policy. This course is taught by Prof. Mark Warren, chair of URBAN Boston and co-chair of national URBAN.

The lack of reward mechanisms for public scholarship limits the future of public engagement

Scholars are increasingly expected to consider the wider public in their teaching and research activities, but with little to negative promotion incentive. In fact, finds Christopher Meyers, much of what academics do does not fit into the standard boxes of teaching, scholarship and service. Perhaps it’s time to replace these categories with a single holistic and qualitative standard: High quality teacher-scholars, wherein all of one’s professional activities are judged per their contribution to the academy’s mission of educating, advancing ideas, creating an intellectual environment, and bettering the lives of others.

Read the entire blog post here: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2014/04/09/public-scholarship-promotion-criteria/

Guidelines for New URBAN Nodes

Starting an Urban Research Based Action Network (URBAN) node gives you the opportunity to bring academics and community leaders together locally and be part of a national network where you can learn, share resources, and work together on the basis of common values. URBAN is building a new and exciting field of collaborative research committed to equity and social justice and you will have the opportunity to support and influence its development.

In advance of submitting an application, prospective nodes will learn about the work of URBAN and its existing nodes. Prospective node leaders work closely with local university and community stakeholders to determine if there is an interest in creating a node, what local challenges there are, and how node members might benefit from a joint research partnership.

Please see the full guidelines and application process.

Professor Dana Wright’s New Book: “Active Learning: Social Justice Education and Participatory Action Research”

Active Learning: Social Justice Education and Participatory Action Research

Dana Wright (Routledge)

This new book was published in Routledge’s Teaching/Learning Social Justice series. It is endorsed on the back cover by Mark Warren and Pedro Noguera and includes a forward by Lee Anne Bell.

Here is the table of contents and link to purchase the book: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138821712[routledge.com]

Active Learning examines a participatory action research (PAR) project led by young people as a teaching and learning approach with implications for pedagogy, schools, educational policy and education reform and transformation. Continue reading

Professor Ben Kirshner’s New Book: “Youth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality”

Youth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality


BEN KIRSHNER (NYU Press) ($27, paper).

The book is part of NYU’s Qualitative Studies in Psychology series. See below for a blurb. It is available for order from NYU Press[nyupress.org] or other fine stores.

This is what democracy looks like: Youth organizers in Colorado negotiate new school discipline policies to end the school to jail track. Latino and African American students march to district headquarters to protest high school closure. Young immigration rights activists persuade state legislators to pass a bill to make in-state tuition available to undocumented state residents. Students in an ESL class collect survey data revealing the prevalence of racism and xenophobia. Continue reading