Schools Are Us

Aug 2008

Democracy only works if you use it

Schools Are Us” is an instructional guide and grassroots organizing tool from Teachers Unite about the power that parents, students, and educators have to make change in their schools.

Created in collaboration with CUP and designer Silas Munro, this issue of Making Policy Public includes a fold-out poster that lays out the different levels of decision makers who govern NYC’s schools.

Schools and organizations across the city are using Schools Are Us to map out organizing strategies and engage school stakeholders in political education about school governance structures.


You can see the whole guide here.

To request hard copies for your school or organization, write to [email protected].

In addition to the guide, Teachers Unite has developed complementary tools and resources, including:

  • A BINGO game (attached below) about School Leadership Teams, Comprehensive Education Plans, and NYC school system history. The answers to all the questions (plus a description of Presidents Councils, the Chancellor’s job description, and more) can be found in the guide
  • Workshops tailored to your school or organization about the guide, the power of SLTs, and more. For more information, write to sally [at] teachers unite [dot] net.
  • Your Schools, Your Voice a report by Teachers Unite and the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center about the impact of Mayoral Control on community participation in schools.



Bingo Bingo Answers Tour Guide Power Building Worksheet