Southern Echo provides residential training schools and workshops on the Fundamentals of Community Organizing which are designed to enable low-wealth grassroots communities, including activists and public officials, to develop the tools and skills to build viable and sustainable local organizations and leaders through which to empower communities, to hold governmental institutions accountable to the needs and interests of community, to impact the formation and implementation of public policy, and to create accountable models of governance.
Southern Echo provides residential training schools and workshops on Strategic Planning which are designed to enable grassroots community organizations, leaders and activists to develop the tools and skills through which to develop a clear vision, effective strategies and meaningful program of work. This process requires community people to articulate a clear historical and political analysis of where we have been, where we are now, where we need to go and how best to get there.
Southern Echo provides training designed to enable parents, student, educators and public officials to develop the tools and skills needed to impact the formation and implementation of education policies at the state and school district levels, to interpret and draft education laws and policies, to enforce the rights of students and parents and the duties and responsibilities of educators, and to build local organizational capacity to expand parent and student engagement in the education process.
Census and Redistricting
Southern Echo’s Census and Redistricting training includes:
GIS Mapping, Charts and Graphs
Southern Echo provides training in the use of Geographic Information Systems and graphics software to enable grassroots community workers to create maps, charts and graphs that synthesize complex demographic and statistical data for use in the production of popular education materials for parents, students, educators, public officials, the business community and the media. The training also focuses on how to produce materials that can impact the formation and adoption of public policy.
Southern Echo provides grassroots organizations with training in Organizational Development that includes:
Voter Engagement, Voter Protection
Southern Echo provides non-partisan workshops to community organizations and public officials on the voting process that includes:
Southern Echo conducts residential training schools for community organizations and public officials on how to use develop a comprehensive planning process and craft zoning laws and maps to create environmental safety zones around homes, school, churches and gardens to protect community health. The training process enables participants to learn to do the strategic thinking that informs the planning process and to build zoning ordinances and maps that reflect the values incorporated in the comprehensive plan.
Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies
Southern Echo provides training to parents, students, educators and public officials on research-based positive behavior intervention strategies to provide to students and families, teachers and schools, support systems to keep children in class where they can learn rather than out on the street on their way to the criminal justice system. Training focuses on assessments and remedies rather than punishment and exclusion, due process rights, dropout prevention, conflict resolution, and implementation of teacher support teams.
How Government Works
Southern Echo provides training to community organizations, leaders, activists and public officials on:
“College readiness” is defined in the study as a student who has: