Organizing for Education


 Your grassroots interests and efforts will no doubt be determined by your personal needs and goals. There is no shortage of resources for those working on behalf of education in their communities. Many resources are already linked in our Civic Resources Guide,  as well as within specific Resource Guide categories for public, private and home education, but here are a few specific ones you may find of interest.

Whatever your interest, there are some very basic grassroots organizing principles that can make your effort more effective.  The  Grassroots Activist’s Handbook (PDF) which is designed to help organize environmentally focused activism, contains useful advice for all types of efforts and identifies these essential elements:

  • Decide on the goal of your campaign.
  • Assess community attitudes.
  • Have a spokesperson.
  • Do your homework.
  • Find an angle that motivates people to take action.
  • Build your campaign on a sound foundation.
  • Create a well-designed one-page overview of your effort
  • Learn to use media effectively.
  • Seize unexpected opportunities.
  • Be Prepared for public meetings.

Here are some additional resources for public education activism:

For school choice, you may find these resources helpful:

For Home Education

For Student Activism

The Freechild Project has created a Youth Voice Toolkit , a resource for Youth Voice activists and practitioners around the world.  There is also an extensive collection of resources and other tools. Explore it at http://www.freechild.org/YouthVoice

And don’t forget to make liberal use of our Civic Resources and our Guide for Voters to help you learn how to contact legislators, write letters, and connect with resources, organizations and other individuals who can help you make a difference!