Overview of Participants

The descriptions below detail how each participating organization works with education organ-
izing efforts. Many of these organizations also engage in additional activities that are not dis-
cussed here.

Advancement Project
assists grassroots organizations with the development and implementa-
tion of legal, policy, and communications strategies. The staff of attorneys, researchers, and
communications professionals assists with research, data collection, and analysis, providing
insight into the legal context of education issues, litigation and communications strategies,
and coalition-building.

Applied Research Center (ARC)
supports education organizing through the Expose Racism and
Advance School Excellence (ERASE) Initiative. ERASE works with groups committed to fram-
ing issues through a racial justice perspective and provides these groups with research sup-
port, training on a wide variety of education issues, message development, and organizing
technical assistance.

Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools’
(BayCES) support of education organizing draws on
its experience in coaching schools, community organizations, and districts through efforts to
create small, equitable schools. BayCES aims to make educational reform resources more
accessible and useful to community organizing groups by facilitating visits to exemplary
schools; creating entrée for such groups into education reform circles; building organiza-
tional and personal alliances across role, race, language, and class; and collaborating in
fundraising and joint efforts for creating small, equitable schools.

California Tomorrow
supports education organizing with its expertise in policies and practices
that recognize racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity as assets in a fair and equitable society.
California Tomorrow provides groups with policy support and capacity-building tools for indi-
vidual and collective reflection, assessment, planning, and action.

Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform
is a network based in nine cities that provides
training and technical assistance to education organizing groups. Cross City Campaign for
Urban School Reform has created opportunities for education organizers to visit other sites
to learn from their peers and to network and learn at larger conferences and meetings.

Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) and Public Interest Law Program at the Uni-
versity of California, Los Angeles,
focuses on research, coalition-building, and planning work in
support of an emerging California Campaign for Educational Adequacy and Equity. As an
intermediary, IDEA provides applied research to support the Campaign and works with con-
stituent groups to develop their research and communications capacities.

Justice Matters Institute (JMI)
provides research and policy development to education organ-
izing groups with a concern for racial justice in education. JMI aims to develop research and
policy that support the vision, values, and aspirations of communities of color for schooling