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Zombies, Truants, and Flash Mobs: How Youth Organizers Respond to and Shape Youth Policy


by Jerusha Osberg Conner & Sonia M. Rosen — 2015

This chapter explores how youth organizers have injected themselves into education policy conversations in Philadelphia, asserting their agency and using their voices to shape how policymakers view them as well as the problems that confront them.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 114. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 117 Number 13, 2015, p. 203-220
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18287, Date Accessed: 5/29/2017 4:53:38 PM

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  • Jerusha Conner
    Villanova University
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    JERUSHA CONNER is an Associate Professor of Education at Villanova University. Her research interests include student engagement and student voice in school reform and education policy. Recent publications include “Lessons that last: Former youth organizers’ reflections on what and how they learned” in the Journal of the Learning Sciences and “Orchestrating change: How youth organizing influences educational policy” in the American Journal of Education.
  • Sonia Rosen
    Arcadia University
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    SONIA M. ROSEN is an Assistant Professor at Arcadia University. Her research explores the intersections between youth organizing, youth leadership, identity development, and organizational identity. She recently published “Identity performance and collectivist leadership in the Philadelphia Student Union” in the International Journal of Leadership in Education. Since 2013, she has served as a board member for the Philadelphia Student Union.
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