Research for Organizing Toolkit

Research is something that we all do on a daily basis. We observe patterns in our communities, ask questions of our neighbors, read articles and watch news about our city. We analyze the world around us and talk to our family and friends about what works and what doesn’t work. Participatory Action Research (PAR) provides a framework for us to analyze and document these everyday actions and allows us to create data and evidence that will strengthen our social justice work. PAR also allows us to identify and become the experts about the issues that face our communities. 

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Collaboratory Interim Report: Insights from a Community of Practice

The New School Collaboratory is a two-year research and design initiative launched formally in June 2013 with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. It aims to enhance the University’s efforts to foster meaningful, communities and external partners in New York City. Through cross-cutting analysis of a set of partnership projects, the Collaboratory seeks to identify the challenges of and best practices for collaboration from the perspectives of all stakeholders, including communities, institutional partners, students, and faculty.

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Evaluating the Publicly Engaged Work of Faculty: Ideas, Principles, and Practices

The New School for Public Engagement is dedicated to the integration of civic, liberal, and professional learning for the advancement of a just and plural society. Faculty and students in the division undertake a wide range of scholarly and creative practices that build new knowledge, solve pressing social problems, produce innovative forms of culture, and generate new understandings of the world. The division embodies the founding principles of The New School--namely the search for creative forms of education to prepare students for democratic citizenship--and as such provides a crucial space within the university for experimentation.

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Disrupting Ourselves: The Problem of Learning in Higher Education

"By using the phrase “disrupting ourselves” in this article’s title, I am asserting that one key source of disruption in higher education is coming not from the outside but from our own practices, from the growing body of experiential modes of learning, moving from margin to center, and proving to be critical and powerful in the overall quality and meaning of the undergraduate experience. As a result, at colleges and universities we are running headlong into our own structures, into the way we do business."

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Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University

The Imagining America Tenure Team Initiative (TTI) was inspired by faculty members who want to do public scholarship and live to tell the tale. 

We propose concrete ways to remove obstacles to academic work carried out for and/or with the public by giving such work full standing as scholarship, research, or artistic creation. While we recommend a number of ways to alter the wording and intent of tenure and promotion policies, changing the rules is not enough. Enlarging the conception of who counts as “peer” and what counts as “publication” is part of something bigger: the democratization of knowledge on and off campus. 

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New Challenge Report

This document shares the story of New Challenge, its unique approach to learning, the transformative impact it has on both students and communities, and the role it plays in larger educational innovation efforts at The New School and beyond.

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Community Partnership Overview

This course has two primary goals. First, students will gain an understanding of the theory behind participatory community development, popular education and critical pedagogy. Second, in class and through partnerships with local organizations and communities students...

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Humanities Action Lab Toolkit

This toolkit in its original format and content was created by as a part of Erica Kohl-Arenas’ 2015-16 Participatory Community Engagement class at The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. While the activities can be used individually...

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City Parks Foundation

City Parks Foundation is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in public parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. At City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic...

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