[act-ma] Call for community organizers for education - Apply by August 10th! - Spread the word!

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Sat Aug 4 06:27:06 PDT 2012

Spread the word!

--- On *Fri, 8/3/12, Santiago Rincon Gallardo <rinconsa at gmail.com>* wrote:

From: Santiago Rincon Gallardo <rinconsa at gmail.com>
Subject: *Call for community organizers - Apply by August 10th! - Spread
the word!
Date: Friday, August 3, 2012, 10:57 AM

Dear friends,

The Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA) is looking for
community organizers to catalyze change, reframe the narrative, and grow a
movement to reclaim and reinvent public education in the US. Please find
our call for organizers attached  and our most recent newsletter below.
Help us spread the word to your networks and consider joining us as an
Santiago Rincon-Gallardo
Ed.D candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Board President, Institute for Democratic Education in America
Secretary/Treasurer, AERA Educational Change Special Interest Group
      IDEA launches its call for organizers, who will work with us from
September 2012 to August 2013. Apply by August 10th.
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Join the 2012-2013 IDEA Organizing Team!

If you’re ready for a different story to be told about education -- a story
about education that is by, for, and with young people, educators,
families, and communities -- then we’d love for you to apply to be an IDEA

Community organizing is a time-tested model that we believe can be well
utilized, along with digital organizing, to generate a powerful catalytic
effect in the lives of folks most directly experiencing challenges and
wanting change. For the past two years, we’ve been privileged to work with
organizers who are teachers, students, parents, digital changemakers, and
community leaders.

This year, we’ve designed a new structure for the organizing teams. Seven
teams will focus on specific groups in education (such as young people and
schools), and three additional teams will focus on digital organizing,
planning IDEC 2013, and advancing work in specific regions where IDEA has a

*Read more on our
the call for organizers<http://democraticeducation.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=76ab7f1806398c95db421ccdc&id=a1d4495682&e=c70b466f44>

We asked 2011-2012 IDEA
worked well this year, and here are a few of their responses:

*“Having the opportunity to connect with folks from different places and
struggle through what it means to develop relationships with really
different perspectives. To be part of trying to build something new and
holding relationships in new ways.”

“I appreciated having a group with a common value set working across

“I feel activism can be isolating and it was great to connect with the
group.  It can difficult going, and it was renewing to have a network of
ready-made folks that have your back.”

“I really enjoyed our time together at IDEA Camp.  It was good to get to
know other folks doing work on the ground.  I enjoyed the diversity of the
group, to have it include teachers, principals, digital folks, community
organizers -- a strong team.”*

Please share our call for organizers widely, and consider applying yourself!
 *Read more on our
 and download the call for

 Correction to Previous Newsletter In our previous e-newsletter’s story
about IDEA members, we shared that staff from Nuestra Escuela had attended
a workshop at the Opal School in Portland, and we mistakenly referred to
the “Portland Children’s Museum Wonder of Learning exhibit.” The exhibit is
from Reggio Emilia, Italy, and is currently hosted by the Portland
Children’s Museum. We regret the error, and we thank Susan McKay, the
Museum’s Director of the Center for Children's Learning, for the correction.

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