Activate Change makers
Power-Building Academy Curriculum
“Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people—they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.”
“Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.”
We take inspiration from these influential schools of thought.
Power-Building Academy Goals
Develop new leaders who commit to long-term organizing to create policy and systems change.
Design responsive and results-based policy solutions.
Achieve [education] policy changes that work to decrease racial disparities.
Increase voter turnout in targeted areas where turnout is low, but there could be huge impact.
Key Organizing Skills
Campaign Strategy Development
Key Approaches to Power-Building Academy Experiences
Create space for healing
Leverage narratives and stories to facilitate and foster learning
Create opportunities for reflection on content and experiences through pre-session and post-session work
Facilitate hands-on, interactive, and dialogical experiences vs. talk/teach to Power-Builders
Provide opportunities to engage with and learn from established organizers
Consider and facilitate with attention to different learning and processing styles
Create opportunities for Power-Builders to learn by seeing the systems and work in action and doing/applying their organizing skills to real campaigns
Key [Education] System Analysis
School & System Leaders
Non-Academics (i.e.Well-Being, Environment)
Curriculum – Math & Reading
History of Policies
We believe in a co-facilitation model where two people facilitate each session together
We believe facilitators should meet some of the following criteria:
Have experience facilitating group discussions, learnings, and action
Have experience as a community organizer
Have experience with policy research and development
Have worked intimately with Black and Latinx communities
Power-Builders develop organizing skills, an analysis of systemic racism, and an understanding of how the K12 education system works. Power-Builders engage community to surface major ed-issues.
Power-Builders develop innovative and equitable policy solutions and a campaign strategy to bring about those policy solutions.
Power-Builders disrupt current systemic educational inequities by implementing their campaign strategy to achieve tangible policy change(s).
Develop shared language. Develop historical context on the role of race, class, and other forms of (in)equity that have impacted the region, [education], and their own identity development. Begin to develop a relationship with one another. Develop clarity on expectations, logistics, and schedule.
Develop an understanding of the purpose, process, and skills of equity-centered and high-impact community organizing. Story of self Individual self-interest and how to discover mutual self-interest. One-on-ones Canvassing Power
Develop shared language. Develop an understanding of the history of public education and how our local system is impacted by local, state, and federal policies and practices. Engage in data analysis to understand challenges and assets at the district level. Cut their issue.
Learn the role of communications and storytelling to effect change. Develop a campaign messaging and visuals plan. Finalize their policy solutions based on the issue cut. Learn how and complete a power analysis. Learn how and complete a campaign strategy chart.
Lead a campaign. Lead 2+ actions with 50+ attendees. Increase voter turnout by 3%.