Journal of Educational Change

, Volume 10, Issue 2–3, pp 229–237 | Cite as

Community organizing and educational change: a reconnaissance



Ten years ago community organizing as a form of educational change had only begun to challenge traditional models of school reform. Yet a decade later, community organizing has led to important changes in school and community relationships that have been documented by scholars in the areas of education, sociology, social work, and political science. Current US President Barack Obama, a former organizer who worked on the South Side of Chicago, has given new visibility to community organizing. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has approved the creation of a new Special Interest Group (SIG) on the topic of community and youth organizing. This article traces the origins, spread, and impacts of community organizing on educational change, arguing that it provides an important repertoire of practices for change leaders.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Teacher EducationSpecial Education, and Curriculum and Instruction, Lynch School of Education, Boston CollegeChestnut HillUSA

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