AISR provides support to urban communities in their struggles for school improvement. Our work is inspired by the belief that sustainable and equitable school reforms emerge when the voices of students, parents, and teachers are combined with the best ideas and research to meet the challenges of struggling schools.

Through policy research, educational data analysis, training, facilitation, coordination, support for strategy development, and logistical support, we help youth, parent, and community education organizing groups develop sufficient power to improve the quality of education in low-performing school districts. 

Contact:

Richard Gray, Director, Community Organizing & Engagement


Projects

Opportunity and achievement gaps experienced by students and families in communities of color and impoverished areas manifest in myriad ways in the everyday realities of teachers. The lived...
Education Justice Network is a collaboration of six nationally recognized research, advocacy, and policy scholars and organizations that work together to promote educational equity and opportunity...
In 2012, the Education Program of The Heinz Endowments funded AISR to conduct a scan of parent-led, community-based school reform efforts. The findings, reported in Family Engagement and...
Through PASSAGE (Positive and Safe Schools Advancing Greater Equity), AISR has supported districts and communities working together to reduce discipline disparities and promote positive approaches to...
AISR's Community Organizing & Engagement staff provide research, training, and logistical support to parent and youth organizing groups in NYC, particularly the New York City Coalition for...
The Center for Education Organizing (CEO) supports and amplifies local and national demands for educational justice in underserved communities. The CEO integrates the expertise of a university-based...
Since 2011, AISR has played an important technical assistance role for grantees of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) in support of parent organizing, family engagement, and youth leadership...