One of the things we’d like to do is establish a web-presence for the school that would give us a forum for engaging in education policy issues, provide us with some public visibility as a policy-relevant organization, provide our students with exemplars of scholarly work in the public sphere, and give students a venue for policy-relevant work of their own. There are a number of exemplars around the web, but to start we could look at UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access
Among other things, IDEA publishes papers by students and faculty — for example, one on the “Impact of High School on Student Achievement” as well as shorter versions of those papers in the form of “Policy Briefs“; the Institute itself also carries out and publishes an annual evaluation of educational opportunity in California. There are press releases, news summaries sent out by email, etc.
IDEA also has a sub-group or sub-function called “Just Schools California” — if you click there under “News and Resources” you’ll see a daily “Education News Roundup” which focuses mainly on California (but also includes relevant national news) — you can sign up to get this delivered to your email account
IDEA also has a Facebook page for more activist-oriented work, and there is another model (and there are many more than two) would be something like the activist website “Not waiting for Superman“, run by the Rethinking Schools collective, which includes links to text, video, and newspaper articles by academics as well as activists.
I’m not suggesting we need take a more activist stand, but one thing it allows is a kind of rapid response to fast-changing policy agendas. To that end we might think about the function a blog like this one. At the moment it is controlled by the IT section here and, if I’m not mistaken, open only to those with OSU addresses and passwords. A more open blog is possible, or we could use internal as well as externally accessible blogs.