Aligned services support a trajectory of opportunity for the whole life of a learner. Most of our work on community schools has focused on working with school districts and cities on efforts to scale and systematize the community school concept at the district-wide level.
mapping for Alignment: Inventorying school-based services in west contra Costa Unified School District
Maura Baldiga + Anna Maier PLUS Report, 2014
To strategically plan for the implementation of a full-service community schools initiative, this project sought to identify existing programs at school sites in WCCUSD and analyze how the distribution of services aligns with local needs.
Megan Calpin + Maira Sanchez PLUS Report, 2014
In 2010, The California Endowment (TCE) launched a 10-year, $1 billion Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative in 14 target communities across the state. South Sacramento was one of these selected target areas. This report looks at what changes have been catalyzed by Sacramento Building Healthy Communities investments in SCUSD on institutional practice and policy at the District level related to food access and school culture.
Jeffrey M. Vincent and Deborah L. McKoy
This paper was chosen for Smart Growth Network's compendium, The National Conversation on the Future of Our Communities, in February 2013. The project's aim is to start a conversation on thorny issues the smart growth movement has yet to resolve, issues that have received too little attention, and issues that have escaped us altogether. Our paper argues that planners—and particularly those that favor smart growth—already recognize the importance of workforce development and job creation, but too often fall short of extending their analysis and planning to a key foundation of strong regional economies: effective K-12 schools. We lay out a applied policy framework for remedying this reality.
Sachin Jain PLUS Report, 2013
This report was born out of a project that seeks to aid in generating a comprehensive understanding of changes in enrollment, the impact that various programs have on enrollment, community perception, community preferences and the impact that the Options Process can play in all of this.
Jocelyn Everroad PLUS Report, 2012
In the summer of 2009, Oakland Unified School District (“OUSD”, “the District”) was returned to local governance after six years of State control, with Dr. Tony Smith as its new Superintendent. Despite fiscal challenges, the administration embarked on a year of listening sessions, followed by a yearlong collaborative planning effort that culminated in a shared strategic vision for the District. In the summer and fall of 2011, OUSD began a restructuring process. The goal was to “expand quality and release resources” and included the possibility of closing, consolidating, or reconfiguring a subset of the District’s schools. As a result the Board approved a number of schools for closure and consolidation on October 26, 2011, including five elementary schools. As in other cities, the decision was contentious.
Framing the Connections: Integrating Housing, Transportation, and Education in City and Regional Planning
Deborah L. McKoy and Jeffrey M. Vincent
In this chapter, we describe efforts to connect efforts to improve public education to housing and transportation planning initiatives, particularly through collaborative city-school-regional partnerships. The chapter appears in the 2011 report, "Finding Common Ground: Coordinating Housing and Education Policy to Promote Integration.by the Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) and the National Coalition on School Diversity (Philip Tegeler, Editor, pg 53-60).
Seenae Chong + Tracey Logan PLUS Report, 2010
This report explores methods of creating partnerships between schools, non-school supports and community organizers by looking at OUSD's Complementary Learning Department.
Sarah Sullivant PLUS Report, 2010
To address the fragmentation of Oakland's public schools, this report recommends developing a shared vision at the school and district levels and incorporating service partners into the life and culture of school sites.
Oakland Unified School District's Complimentary Learning initiative: Educational Equity and Achievement through Collaboration
Jane Nicholson & Mara Larsen-Fleming 2009 PLUS Report
Lynn Wu, Diana Lee + Kirsten Vital 2008 PLUS Report
Roza Do 2013 PLUS Report
Roza Do 2012 PLUS Report
City/School district oordinated Information and Knowledge SharinG: City of San Pablo and West Contra Costa Unified School District, California
Reino Makkonen 2010 PLUS Report
2010 PLUS Report
Data-Sharing for Systems ChangE: City of San Pablo and West Conta Costa Unified School District, California
Erika Tate 2008 PLUS Report
Joseph Schuchter 2013 PLUS Report
Using a range of research methods, this report examines broadly the alignment of the full portfolio of BHC grantees and in particular the interface between community-based organizations and schools. It finds that the majority of grantees – two-thirds – share some youth development objective.
Paul Perry 2010 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
Adrianne Wheeler 2010 PLUS Report
2009 PLUS Report
Laura Henry & Alissa Kronovet 2008 PLUS Report
PROMISING PRACTICES TO IMPROVE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES: A SURVEY OF HIGHLY COLLABORATIVE AND COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION REFORM EFFORTS
Heather Kinlaw, Deborah L. McKoy, and Jeffrey M. Vincent, 2007
CC&S conducted dozens of interviews with city governments, school districts, foundations, and national, regional, and local non-profits and community-based organizations to provide a concise summary of innovative efforts that draw on resources from many stakeholders to achieve optimal outcomes for students and to put education in the center of a broader program of community change, particularly regarding low-income communities and their schools. The following report represents the result of this work.
SCHOOLS AS CENTER OF COMMUNITY: HOW EMERYVILLE, CALIFORNIA IS TRANSFORMING ITS SCHOOLS AND CITY POLICIES BY PLACING EDUCATION AT THE HEART OF REDEVELOPMENT
Center for Cities + Schools Forum with Tony Smith and John Flores, Fall 2005
Superintendent Tony Smith and City Manager John Flores gave a conversational-like talk, taking turns telling bits of the Emeryville story from each of their perspectives. In this 1.2 square mile city by the bay, the school district, the city, community members, and local businesses are working jointly to craft a redevelopment plan that puts education at the heart. Such a vision necessitates “out-of-the-box” thinking, overcoming decades of distrust between different groups, and crafting a creative atmosphere that enables diverse stakeholders to come together and envision what could be.