Assesses the impact of community organizing for school reform on student outcomes such as attendance and test scores, school-community relationships, parent engagement, teacher morale, and policy and resource distribution at the system level.
- Successful Strategy: Community organizing contributes to academic improvements, particularly in the areas of schoolÃ¢â‚¬â€œcommunity relationships, parent involvement and engagement, sense of school community and trust, teacher collegiality, and teacher morale.
- Successful Strategy: Successful organizing strategies contributed to increased student attendance, improved standardized-test-score performance, and higher graduation rates and college-going aspirations in several sites.
- Successful Strategy: Participating in organizing efforts increases civic engagement, as well as knowledge and investment in education issues, among adult and youth community members.
- Successful Strategy: Young people reported that their involvement in organizing increased their motivation to succeed in school.
- Successful Strategy: Adults and youth reported that they gained new knowledge about school and community issues, new engagement behaviors in schools and communities, and higher goals and expectations for themselves and their families as a result of their participation in organizing.