AISR Speaks Out: Commentary on Urban Education
May 14, 2013
Democratically engaging parents and residents in low-income communities of color can build the power and public will necessary to improve struggling schools and hold public institutions accountable for better-quality services.
The Annenberg Institute at 20; Executive Director Warren Simmons Looks Back at Two Decades of School Reform
April 9, 2013
Founded 20 years ago, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform was launched in an equity-dominated era; AISR Executive Director Warren Simmons exhorts federal education policy-makers to return to an equity-driven agenda that builds stronger systems nationwide and a more promising future.
March 26, 2013
Collaborative efforts at curbing chronic absenteeism in Providence reveal the power and importance of collective impact.
February 28, 2013
The recently released report For Each and Every Child from the federally appointed Equity and Excellence Commission identifies deep disparities in educational opportunities, experiences, and outcomes for educators and students and outlines actionable recommendations for progress. However, to pursue those recommendations, significant reflection, bravery, and action will be needed by educators and other change agents.
January 3, 2013
The standards-based, market-driven reforms favored by federal education policy address important needs – but to achieve meaningful reform at scale, we need a broader approach that builds in equity, includes community stakeholders, and aims to strengthen democracy as well as the economy.
November 12, 2012
Youth – the most talked about constituency in our schools – are on the front lines of school reform, which gives them the unique expertise needed to shape reform work in a meaningful way.
October 18, 2012
Now, more than ever, organized parents and youth, in a growing alliance with organized teachers, will be at the forefront of saving and improving public schools for all children.
September 14, 2012
Teaching quality is the subject of ever-increasing national attention, but how do we define and measure it – and how do we use that information to improve student outcomes?
August 23, 2012
Districts are essential to turn around struggling schools – but districts must build their capacity to support those schools and include communities and other stakeholders in turnaround decisions.
July 30, 2012
The success of community organizing is rooted in the idea of relational power – power developed collaboratively with others, rather than power over others.
July 24, 2012
The DOE consistently ignores its own requirement that failing schools must develop ways to incorporate parents and the community in their turnarounds in exchange for progress waivers.
June 19, 2012
When secondary and post-secondary institutions share student data to pinpoint the factors leading to college readiness, they must address political, social, and cultural issues as well as technical challenges to avoid replicating old inequities with new technology.
June 14, 2012
The TIme to Succeed Coalition, endorsed by a wide range of education stakeholders, holds that well-designed expanded learning time that goes beyond simply adding hours can provide high-poverty schools with the educational and extracurricular opportunities often available as a matter of course in higher-income communities.
May 29, 2012
Today’s discussions of education reform are heavily focused on individual rewards and sanctions, but a growing body of research supports the collective capacity-building approach taken by the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.
April 26, 2012
The New York City Working Group on School Transformation recently released a report critical of the New York City education department's policy on school closings, citing data showing that schools targeted for closure had higher percentages of high-needs students than other NYC public schools. There are legitimate alternatives to this alarming trend.
April 3, 2012
The recent "A Match on Dry Grass" conference at Harvard Graduate School of Education underscores that community organizing has become a powerful force for education change, and nurturing its growth is key to achieving equity for underserved youth living in high poverty.
March 16, 2012
An ethnic studies program that was banned by a controversial Arizona state law should be reinstated and championed as a national model of best practice.
March 9, 2012
School counselors play an important role in helping students become college ready.
Honoring Dr. King through Community Organizing for Education Reform to Eliminate the Achievement Gap
January 18, 2012
The annual commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., underscores the ongoing racial inequality in public school education, but the emergence of education organizing as a school reform tactic offers a promising alternative.
January 5, 2012
The intended role of charter schools as an innovation stimulus is too often ignored in the overheated debates between advocates and critics – but one small district in Rhode Island is showing how it's done.
December 16, 2011
Unless districts put early warning indicators in place and provide appropriate interventions to students identified as struggling, higher standards will only serve to increase dropout rates.
November 14, 2011
As interest in parent organizing and engagement grows across the country, AISR's Keith Catone and UCLA IDEA's John Rogers contrast genuine grassroots parent power to impact education reform with the "Astroturf" version recently presented by Bruno Manno.
October 31, 2011
AISR’s executive director, Warren Simmons, reflects on what it will take to end inequities in access to effective teaching.
What Can Community Organizing Teach Us about Parent Engagement? Five Simple Ways to Rethink the Bake Sale
September 15, 2011
Over the past several years, more and more evidence has emerged that effective parent engagement can positively affect school culture, working conditions, and student achievement.
August 23, 2011
In communities around the nation, youth organizing groups have become outspoken, effective, and powerful partners in school reform — and, in the process, are preparing to be empowered, educated, and engaged adults and citizens.
August 9, 2011
Poor academic outcomes by K-12 students in rural areas are traditionally ignored in the school reform debate. Emerging research suggests that improvements could be realized if lessons learned from community organizing for education reform in urban settings are effectively applied in rural communities.
June 23, 2011
It's not just the individual skill of a teacher that raises student outcomes; rather, teachers become better at their craft when they have the space to collaborate with and learn from one another.
Questioning Assumptions, Considering Evidence, Creating Solutions: AISR Looks at Ron Wolk’s New Book
June 7, 2011
AISR comments on Ron Wolk’s new book, Wasting Minds: Why Our Education System Is Failing and What We Can Do About It.
May 10, 2011
AISR’s executive director Warren Simmons argues that the responsibility for the success or failure of struggling schools lies not only within the school itself, but also with the district, external partners, and the community.
May 2, 2011
A new AISR study supports the idea that peer networks among educational practitioners, both within and across schools, can improve teaching and learning.