Fundamentals of Organizing Education Teaching Discipline Forms of

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Fundamentals of Organizing: Education Teaching & Discipline

Fundamentals of Organizing: Education Teaching & Discipline

Forms of Organizing n Accepts existing power relationships n Challenges existing power relationships 2

Forms of Organizing n Accepts existing power relationships n Challenges existing power relationships 2

Direct Action Organizing n Wins real improvements in people’s lives n Makes people aware

Direct Action Organizing n Wins real improvements in people’s lives n Makes people aware of their own power n Alters the relationships of Power n n NAACP version attacks structural racism Decision-makers factor NAACP in beforehand 3

Dual Forms of Bias Individual Bias Institutional Bias A teacher who says, “There’s no

Dual Forms of Bias Individual Bias Institutional Bias A teacher who says, “There’s no way your son could have written that essay. ” A policy that doesn’t offer advanced placement courses at a predominantly Black school. , because, “Those students will never use that kind of knowledge. ” 4

Speaking truth to power • Self Help • Education • Advocacy • Direct Action

Speaking truth to power • Self Help • Education • Advocacy • Direct Action • Education Institutional Bias Individual Bias • Direct Service • Advocacy • Direct Action 5

Our Goals n Put theory into action! n Attack institutional racism in education with

Our Goals n Put theory into action! n Attack institutional racism in education with a national campaign for Excellence & Equity A campaign is a sustained plan for change using strategies that impact our issues. ¾ Identify issues in agenda ¾ Identify promising strategies ¾ Apply known tactics to each strategy 6

Our Issue Agenda n Improving Teaching n Improving Discipline n Increasing Resource Equity n

Our Issue Agenda n Improving Teaching n Improving Discipline n Increasing Resource Equity n Ensuring College & Career Readiness * All applied to turnaround schools 7

Our request – Each unit/branch picks one n Participate in the Campaign for Equity

Our request – Each unit/branch picks one n Participate in the Campaign for Equity & Excellence by: n Adopting (at least) one issue area in education n Committing to (at least) one strategy n Targeting turnaround schools n Applying tactics that fit your community n Working to perfect our education organizing capacity 8

FOCUS ON TEACHING 9

FOCUS ON TEACHING 9

Teachers who close the achievement gap 1. fully prepared when they entered teaching, 2.

Teachers who close the achievement gap 1. fully prepared when they entered teaching, 2. had taught for more than two years, 3. certified in field &/or by National Board 10

Strategies to improve teaching n Strategies: ¾ Stronger, More Diverse Pipeline (preparation) • Tactics:

Strategies to improve teaching n Strategies: ¾ Stronger, More Diverse Pipeline (preparation) • Tactics: ID future teachers, TEACH grants, residencies ¾ More Mentoring & Coaching (slows turnover) • Tactics: Lead Teacher, mentoring, new teacher supports ¾ More teachers with Advanced Certification (certification) • Tactics: Support for National certification, changes to state licensing 11

Local tactics by function & engagement Communications Education (Promote) (Sensitize, inform) Medium 1: 1

Local tactics by function & engagement Communications Education (Promote) (Sensitize, inform) Medium 1: 1 meetings with Engagement journalists, newsletter articles, feature issue in a blog post Workshops, town halls, testing, monitoring data, conducting internal research and surveys Advocacy Direct Action (Influence (Grassroots decision. Mobilization) makers/policy) Phone individuals, speak @ school and board of ed mtgs; advisory boards Hearings, panels, candidate surveys & scorecards 12

Putting it all together – medium engagement n Branches with a medium interest in

Putting it all together – medium engagement n Branches with a medium interest in advanced certification Arrange a local media profile (communications) Conduct & share a survey of teachers(education) Form an advisory board (advocacy) Hold a scorecard rally(direct action) 13

Putting it all together – escalating tactics n Branches interested in strengthening & diversifying

Putting it all together – escalating tactics n Branches interested in strengthening & diversifying the teacher pipeline could: Distribute information about TEACH grants (low, education) Appeal to the school board for incentives (med, advocacy) Raise funds & challenge board to supplement TEACH grants (high, direct action) 14

Strategy Chart 15

Strategy Chart 15

Wrap-up n Group n. Q debrief &A n Evaluation 16

Wrap-up n Group n. Q debrief &A n Evaluation 16

Thanks for participating! tbethglenn@naacpnet. org 410 -580 -5104 (direct) 410 -358 -3385 (fax)

Thanks for participating! [email protected] org 410 -580 -5104 (direct) 410 -358 -3385 (fax)