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Announcement: Peer-reviewed Urban Education special issue on community-based reforms

Call for Papers FLYER FINISHED_2013

Dr. Sonya Horsford, faculty at University of Nevada Las Vegas, and I will lead a peer-reviewed special issue to be published by Urban Education to examine community-based reforms and their implications for educational policy and accountability.

Over the past several decades, there have been many, many community-based approaches in education that have shown promise. Recently, critiques of how community-based reforms, such as parent trigger, can be co-opted have come to the forefront in the policy discussion. To consider this and other concerns, this issue will include scholarship from diverse theoretical, methodological, and analytical perspectives on community-based reform efforts.

One potential topic of interest for the special issue is Community-Based Accountability, an alternative to the current top-down conception of No Child Left Behind. Here are an Executive Summary and the Key Features of Community-Based Accountability. Please forward and circulate widely. These are living documents and will be revised as feedback and comments occur.

Considering the saliency of community-based reforms in the currently policy and reform environment,  We look forward to reading your submissions. Please post, link, email and disseminate widely this special issue call.

About Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig (713 Articles)
Julian Vasquez Heilig is an award-winning researcher and teacher. He is currently a Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State Sacramento.

2 Comments on Announcement: Peer-reviewed Urban Education special issue on community-based reforms

  1. Terrance Green would be a good person to ask to contribute to this issue. Awesome topic and I look forward to you and Sonya’s product.


  2. I strongly support the notion that accountability is community-based. Back in 1994 I co-authored a paper with Paul LeMahieu for the National Governors Association. You can find it at

    Sadly, it seems to have influenced no one, for state departments of education went ahead with their top-down initiatives.


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