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Jul 022014
 

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We will be gathering 32 educators, organizers and influencers in the education justice movement from across the country at an Education Justice Communications Summit on July 17 – July 20 in order to strategize how effective communications and messaging can inform their local and movement building work.

As part of the Summit we will:

• Explore effective frames for messaging in order to combat corporate attacks, preserve and promote public education.

• Discuss and analyze findings from the Education Justice Listening Project.

• Help education justice activists utilize the most effective modalities and messages for their own organization communication strategy.

Participating Organizations in the Summit Include: Press Pass TV, Mass Alliance, Chicago Teachers Union, National Dignity in Schools Campaign, Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Save Our Schools, TASSSC, Citizens for Public Schools, Center for Story Based Strategy, Institute for Democratic Education in America, Media Sutra Inc, Nuestra Escuela, Network for Public Education, Education for Liberation Network, Progressive Communicators Network, Integrity in Education, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, Gates Millennium Scholars Program – Hispanic Scholarship Fund (list as of July 1, 2014)

We look forward to sharing more information with you about this project in the upcoming months. For automatic updates please sign onto our newsletter list.

 

Apr 102014
 

Zakiyah Ansari is an outspoken advocate for public schools and the loudest voice on the transition team for New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio’s. Ansari is the advocacy director at the New York State Alliance for Quality Education, a non-profit. She first appeared on the public radar in 2007 as a parent leader for Coalition for Educational Justice. Ansari, a mother of eight, criticized the creation of charter schools, saying it set parents against each other. All her children have graduated or are studying at New York City’s public schools.

As part of our 2013 Education Justice Listening Project we interviewed educators, students, parents and organizers about what’s the best path forward for improving public education. In this clip, Zakiyah reminds us of how important public education is for us as a nation.

Jul 292013
 

Members of the Spirit in Action team attended the Free Minds, Free People Conference held in Chicago earlier this month. We conducted interviews with key individuals in the education justice movement as part of our recently launched Education Justice Listening Project. We interviewed individuals from Save our Schools, Alliance for Educational Justice,  Education for Liberation Network, Chicago Teachers Union and many others.

Our primary goal at this stage of the project is to interview a wide range of people working for education justice to learn what is happening on the ground to get a sense of their vision for education. We will then facilitate a space with two of our networks the Education Circle of Change and the Progressive Communicators Network in late 2013 to look over the results of the listening project, and to develop an action plan to serve as a communications resource for 2014 to 2017. By early 2014 we’ll share highlights of the communications victories and assets that grassroots groups across the country have developed to advance education reform. We’ll propose a communications project in which education justice groups that take part in order to develop their leaders as communicators and to use compelling and consistent messaging for their education justice work.

In the video above, Qasim A. Davis from Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, a long time partner of Spirit in Action, shares a short clip about the state of our public education system. Take a look at the video and let us know what you think, do you agree with him or do you share a different opinion? We would love to know your thoughts add your comments below.

Additionally, we will soon be headed to the International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC) in Boulder Colorado, August 4-8,  to continue our listening project and we look forward to sharing more powerful voices and perspectives with you. If you will be there please let us know and connect with us.

 

 

Dec 052012
 

In this season of giving, join us in shaping a new paradigm for social transformation.

Since our inception in 2000, Spirit in Action has been putting principles into practice by connecting people across social divides. This past year, we’ve launched several new networks and facilitated cutting edge trainings for frontline organizations.  We need your support to continue to meet the tremendous demand for our programs.

Please take a look at our new video of our founder and Executive Director, Linda Stout, speaking about the roots of Spirit in Action. And, please give as generously as you can.

We hope we can count on you! To support our work click here.

In Solidarity,

The Spirit in Action Team

Jan 232012
 
As part of the Standing in Our Power (SiOP) Deep Listening Phase, members of our Core Committee are sharing reflections about how they came to stand in their own power and their hopes for this new network.  Check out our first Video Blog.
This video features Melissa Johnson, SiOP Core Committee Member.  Melissa recently accepted a new position as Senior Director of Foundations Relations at the NAACP. Melissa has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector and the development field.Most recently, she was the Executive Director of Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG), a membership association dedicated to strengthening the capacity of organized philanthropy to support community-based efforts advocating for policies and practices that advance social and economic justice. Prior to NFG, Melissa served as the national field director for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.Melissa’s career in philanthropy began in her work with community foundations in her native state of North Carolina where she served as a program officer and other key roles in rural and urban grant making, funding collaboratives, and major community initiatives. Melissa was a program officer at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and graduate fellow at Foundation for the Carolinas. Additionally, her prior work at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits grounded her commitment to build nonprofit capacity and strengthen the sector as a whole.

She holds a B.A. in English and Sociology from Wake Forest University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration on community practice and community development.