San Jose, CA

Los Angeles

Denver, CO


Chicago, IL

New York City

Organizing Sites

At the core of this project are six qualitative case studies of community organizing groups engaged in improving education. All six are what we term “strong” organizing groups, in that they have been able to marshal significant resources towards their education work, have sustained this work for a number of years, and have achieved significant accomplishments.

These organizations span the country—from California to Colorado, Mississippi to New York. They organize in urban and rural areas, with people of diverse ethnicities, races, and countries of origin. They draw on varied organizing traditions, and have distinctly different structures. But they all share a commitment to building power with marginalized communities, and to transforming the culture and practice of public education and civic engagement. We believe these cases represent some of the most significant organizing initiatives for education reform in the United States today.

The six cases are the following:

  • Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition in New York City
  • Logan Square Neighborhood Association in Chicago
  • Southern Echo in the Mississippi Delta
  • Padres y Jovenes Unidos in Denver
  • One LA – IAF in Los Angeles
  • People Acting in Community Together (PACT) in San Jose, California.

Each is featured in its own chapter of our book, A Match on Dry Grass, and many are further explored in the Related Publications section of this site.

Click on the photos to the left to learn a bit more about each of these groups, and find links to their websites.