Harvard Graduate School of Education team completes field work for study of Southern Echo community organizing work on public education

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Harvard Graduate Students Study Southern Echos WorkOctober 15, 2008, MS Delta – Harvard University Graduate School of Education researchers Kenneth Russell and Mara Tieken this week wrapped up the field research portion of their study of Southern Echo’s community organizing buy zolpidem no prescription model designed to empower grassroots communities to create a quality public education accessible to all children in Mississippi.

The study also includes Nollie Citizens for Quality Education in Holmes County, Sunflower County Parents and Students Organization in Indianola, Citizens for a Better Greenville in Washington County, and Concerned Citizens for a Better Tunica County.

The study concerns how parents and students become actively involved in the work to impact the formation and implementation of public education policies, how the participant organizations are structured to carry out their work, and how this ambien online pharmacy community organizing model builds the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities and enables the development of new generations of accountable leadership.

The research project began 18 months ago as part of a larger study by the Harvard University Graduate School of Education of five or six different models of work by grassroots community organizations in different parts of the nation that are seeking to bring fundamental changes to the public education systems in their communities.

The research team has made several trips to Mississippi to observe the participant organizations, and to interview organizational leaders, staff and volunteers, local community leaders and public officials, state legislators, state education officials, local education officials and opponents of the participant organizations.

The study is expected to be published in 2009.