Welcome to Telling Stories Out of School – a collection of framing research, recommendations, and sample communications.
This toolkit is designed to help leading voices in the education sector to build support and cultivate demand for an excellent public school system by building public understanding of issues such as assessment, instruction, and systemic supports and reforms. This set of materials is intended to support communicators in explaining many of the central issues in education: curriculum and instruction; equity and disparities; teacher quality and support; space and time reforms; and more. It models how to apply the findings of the Core Story of Education initiative, a multi-method research project which queried the thinking of over 28,000 Americans, analyzed thousands of media samples, and reviewed hundreds of communications samples from dozens of leading education organizations. As a result of this thorough, extensive social science research, communicators can have confidence that these themes and messages will have a reliable effect with the public.
The Core Story of Education project was sponsored by a coalition of philanthropies: the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Ford Foundation, Raikes Foundation, C.S. Mott Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, NoVo Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. It builds on research sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Lumina Foundation.
To enhance education advocates’ efforts to build a more productive public conversation around education reform, the kit’s materials include:
- sample “ready to go” communications that can be used as is or adapted and repurposed for your organization’s needs;
- communications examples that demonstrate the “do’s and don’ts” of the framing recommendations;
- graphics and video animations that model the key concepts of the recommendations;
- annotations that explain the framing strategies being illustrated, so that the recommendations can be extended to new communications you create.
For 15 years, FrameWorks Institute research has demonstrated that effective communications can help activate the public’s engagement with complex social issues – such as the education reforms needed to meet the demands of a complex and changing world. For more on the extensive evidence base that informs the recommendations in this toolkit, visit our website.