"AISR Speaks Out” opinion pieces on this archive page were written by AISR program staff about pressing issues in urban education that relate to our work. New Op-Ed pieces are now featured on our blog.


March 26, 2013
Collaborative efforts at curbing chronic absenteeism in Providence reveal the power and importance of collective impact.
February 28, 2013
Significant reflection, bravery, and action will be needed by educators and others to remedy disparities in educational opportunities, experiences, and outcomes in our schools.
January 3, 2013
To achieve meaningful reform, we need an approach that goes beyond the current standards-based, market-driven policies, focusing on equity and including community stakeholders.
November 12, 2012
Youth – the most talked about constituency in our schools – are on the front lines of school reform, which gives them the unique expertise needed to meaningfully shape reform work.
October 18, 2012
Now, more than ever, organized parents and youth, in a growing alliance with organized teachers, will be at the forefront of saving and improving public schools for all children.
September 14, 2012
Teaching quality is the subject of ever-increasing national attention, but how do we define and measure it – and how do we use that information to improve student outcomes?
August 23, 2012
Districts are essential to turnaround of struggling schools but must build their capacity to support schools and include communities and other stakeholders in turnaround decisions.
July 30, 2012
The success of community organizing is rooted in the idea of relational power – power developed collaboratively with others, rather than power over others.
July 24, 2012
The DOE consistently ignores its own requirement that failing schools must find ways to incorporate parents and the community in their turnarounds in exchange for progress waivers.
June 19, 2012
Secondary and post-secondary institutions sharing student data to understand college readiness must address political, social, and cultural issues as well as technical challenges.
June 14, 2012
The Time to Succeed Coalition holds that well-designed expanded learning time can provide high-poverty schools with opportunities routinely available in higher-income communities.
May 29, 2012
Education reform today focuses on individual rewards and sanctions, but a growing body of research supports the collective capacity-building approach taken in Nashville.
April 26, 2012
There are legitimate alternatives to New York City's school closure policy, which has been shown to target for closure schools with more high-needs students than other NYC schools.
April 3, 2012
A recent Harvard conference underscores that community organizing has become a powerful force for education change and a key component to achieving equity for underserved youth.
March 16, 2012
An ethnic studies program that was banned by a controversial Arizona state law should be reinstated and championed as a national model of best practice.
March 9, 2012
School counselors play an important role in helping students become college ready.
January 18, 2012
Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., underscores ongoing racial inequality in public schools, but education organizing for school reform offers a promising alternative.
January 5, 2012
The intended role of charter schools to stimulate innovation is often ignored in debates between advocates and critics – but one district in Rhode Island is showing how it's done.