This edited collection broadens understanding of family–school–community partnerships by focusing on how community groups, educators, and university professors engage with public education to achieve their own goals rather than goals defined by schools, school systems, and governments. Authors critically examine various school–community partnerships that collectively aim to improve decision-making, democratize policy processes, resist policies that support the marketization of public education, and advocate for racial equality.
The book’s chapters focus on advocacy efforts within and across three national contexts—England, Canada, and the United States. Together they expand current scholarship by demonstrating how different constituencies develop alliances, experience tensions, and navigate the politics inherent in change efforts. By examining the intersections of parent and community organizing, teacher unions, and school–community partnerships across national contexts, the chapters uncover fruitful new terrain for understanding the theory and practice of educational activism. This volume was originally published as a special issue of Leadership and Policy in Schools.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Engaging Families, Educators, and Communities as Educational Advocates 1. Consulting, Mediating, Conducting, and Supporting: How Community-Based Organizations Engage With Research to Influence Policy 2. University–School–Community Partnership as Vehicle for Leadership, Service, and Change: A Critical Brokerage Perspective 3. Entrenched Enemies, Tactical Partners, or Steadfast Allies? Exploring the Fault Lines Between Teacher Unions and Community Organizing in the United States 4. Challenging School Reform From Below: Is Leadership the Missing Link in Mobilization Theory? 5. Boundary Spanners and Advocacy Leaders: Black Educators and Race Equality Work in Toronto and London, 1968–1995
Sue Winton is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University, Toronto, Canada. She is also co-director of the WERA, International Research Network on Families, Educators, and Communities as Educational Advocates program. Her research covers policy influences, practices, and effects and examines their implications for critical democracy.
Lauri Johnson is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education at Boston College, USA. She directs the college’s statewide Ed.D. program, and is the convener of the WERA International Research Network on Families, Educators, and Communities as Educational Advocates. Her research interests include culturally responsive school leadership in national and international contexts, school-community activism in urban school reform, and successful school leadership in high poverty schools.