Movement Building

Advancing a New Paradigm for Systems of Support and Opportunity for Children and Youth Using Coalition Building and Policy Change


The Education Redesign Lab is leading a national movement to advance a new vision for public education reform in the that broadens the focus to an agenda that supports the needs of the whole child from early education through higher education or career training. We have accomplished our initial movement building work through numerous convenings at Harvard, national media outreach, speaking engagements, the publication of reports, and the development of a national network of influential, like-minded organizations.

Advocacy and Policy

EdRedesign's policy agenda focuses on assisting communities to leverage new public funding and services that improve the well-being of vulnerable youth. We convene leaders from the fields of policy, practice, and research to nurture a national movement for this broader conception of education and child development.

In partnership with the Children's Funding Project, EdRedesign is supporting communities to map available federal and state funding for children across the areas of education, health, child and youth development, and safety. Click to see the Federal Fiscal Map. This up-to-date Massachusetts Fiscal Mapping Tool was created to support communities across the state as they seek to meet the diverse needs of their children and youth. 

Innovative Financing to Expand Services So Children Can Thrive is a policy brief that shines a light on ten innovative methods to finance services for children and youth.

Public Communication

We partner with the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Office of Communications and Marketing to develop a comprehensive communications strategy. Examples of featured news articles include:

Leadership Development

In June 2017, EdRedesign convened national leaders to explore opportunities to build a coordinated movement. Participants included representatives from: The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Children's Aid Society, City Connects, Coalition for Community Schools, Communities in Schools, FourPoint Education Partners, Forum for Youth Investment, Harlem Children's Zone, Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, Say Yes to Education, and StriveTogether. In addition to state policy change, the priority that emerged from that meeting focused on the necessity to train community leaders to successfully manage complex cross-sector initiatives that yield positive outcomes for children at scale. In November 2018, 20 teams comprised of over 100 community leaders participated in the inaugural Institute, Strengthening Community Leadership to Help All Children Thrive. The Institute was led by faculty from Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, MIT, and national leaders.