The Community Organizing and School Reform Conference was held at HGSE on March 23 and 24 to coincide with the recent publication of A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform by Associate Professor Mark Warren, Lecturer Karen Mapp, and the Community Organizing and School Reform Project. The conference brought community organizers, education researchers, youth, educators, funders, and other stakeholders together to discuss the contributions of community organizing to school improvement and equitable education policy.
In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Alberto Retana, executive vice president of Community Coalition, an organization that works to help transform the social and economic conditions in South Los Angeles -- and a conference participant -- discusses community organizing in the context of this year's conference.
The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts, available on the Harvard University iTunes U page, that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. Hosted by Matt Weber, the Harvard EdCast is a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.