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The Mechanics of City-School Initiatives: Transforming Neighborhoods of Distress & Despair into Neighborhoods of Choice & Promise

Deborah L. McKoy, Ariel H. Bierbaum & Jeffrey M. Vincent

This brief introduces HUD and others to CC&S's 10 PLUS Mechanics of Change, an evidence-based framework for building healthy, equitable and sustainable communities through integrated city-public school initiatives that simultaneously leverage innovations in the built environment, educational practice and governance policies.


School Construction Policies to Support Sustainable Communities: California's Golden Opportunity

CC+S testimony at the Joint Informational Hearing for the California Senate Committee on Housing and Transportation and the Senate Select Committee on State School Facilities: "Schools as Centers of Sustainable Communities: A Vision for Future School Facility Construction," December 15, 2009.

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SB 375 and Public Schools: Aligning Public Education and Regional Growth for California's Future

CC+S Policy Brief

California's ongoing school construction investment and innovations in public education, coupled with the new infrastructure planning approach in SB 375, create a strategic opportunity to make land use decisions that better support students, families, and communities.


Smart Schools, Smart Growth: Investing in Education Facilities and Stronger Communities

CC+S joins PACE (Policy Analysis for California Education) to explore California's historic $82 billion school construction investment opportunity to advance educational quality and lift local communities. This report contributes to a new conversation about how mindful school construction decisions can enrich metropolitan areas and sustainable forms of regional development.

Download Re-Visioning School Facility Planning and Design for the 21st Century: Creating Optimal Learning Environments

In partnership with the California Department of Education, CC+S designed and facilitated a two-day roundtable (October 15-16, 2008), convening 75 national and state education and design leaders to explore the relationship between school design and learning and to generate recommendations for improved state policy on school design. From this “public research” event, CC&S crafted a proceedings summary with detailed state policy recommendations generated by participants. For more information on the Roundtable, visit CDE’s website.

Download Executive Summary (PDF)


Smart Schools, Smart Growth: Investing in Education Facilities and Stronger Communities

CC+S joins PACE (Policy Analysis for California Education) to explore California's historic $82 billion school construction investment opportunity to advance educational quality and lift local communities. This report contributes to a new conversation about how mindful school construction decisions can enrich metropolitan areas and sustainable forms of regional development.

Download Re-Visioning School Facility Planning and Design for the 21st Century: Creating Optimal Learning Environments

In partnership with the California Department of Education, CC+S designed and facilitated a two-day roundtable (October 15-16, 2008), convening 75 national and state education and design leaders to explore the relationship between school design and learning and to generate recommendations for improved state policy on school design. From this “public research” event, CC&S crafted a proceedings summary with detailed state policy recommendations generated by participants. For more information on the Roundtable, visit CDE’s website.

Download Executive Summary (PDF)


Ad-Hoc Coalition for Healthy School Siting Recommendations to the California Department of Education

CC+S partnered with the Local Government Commission and other members of the Ad-Hoc Coalition for Healthy School Siting to provide school facility planning and design policy recommendations to the California Department of Education (CDE). The Ad-Hoc Coalition for Healthy School Siting is a group of five entities across California that have analyzed research and policies related to school location and design, and corresponding impacts on education, health, transportation, and community design. Our first policy memo in 2008 obtained support from 42 California-based organizations. Key aspects of “healthy school siting” include locations that are walkable, bicycle-friendly, and that are well integrated into communities and neighborhoods.


Emeryville Center for Community Life

2009 PLUS Report


Creating a Collaborative Model through Practice ResearcH: City of Berkeley and Berkeley Unified School District

Kristen Ferris, Angela Gallegos-Castillo & Lisa Warhuus 2009 PLUS Report


Oakland Unified School District's Complimentary Learning initiative: Educational Equity and Achievement through Collaboration

Jane Nicholson & Mara Larsen-Fleming 2009 PLUS Report


HOPE SF at Hunter's View

PLUS Report, 2009

This report analyzes the potential to integrate school and community services in the redevelopment of HOPE SF at the Hunters View public housing project.


Neighborhood Transformation Through Collaborative Practice

PLUS Report, 2009


MALCOLM X ACADEMY 3RD + 4TH GRADE STUDENT PROPOSALS: HUNTERS VIEW NEIGHBORHOOD REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT

How can the Hunters View HOPE SF housing revitalization project respond to the special needs of children and youth? This is the question explored by 3rd and 4th grade students in Mr. Moore and Ms. Fredrikson's classes at Malcolm X Academy. Working with the Center for Cities + Schools and the San Francisco Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, the students engaged in a series of hands-on architecture and planning projects to identify and document the student visions for how this housing development can be a catalyst for positive change in the community. The students identified how the special needs of students and neighbors of all ages and abilities might be incorporated into the final design of this project. This document represents our process and the products we produced.