We promote high quality education as an essential component of urban and metropolitan vitality to create equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities for all.
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Connecting Policy >>
...to align schools, housing, land use, and metropolitan change

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...for collaborative cross-sector policymaking

Engaging Youth & Schools >>
...in city planning and neighborhood change

Beyond the Yellow Bus
Access to safe, affordable, and convenient transportation shapes the 'geography of opportunity' for many children and youth. This study looks at how localities across the country are implementing new and innovative alternative approaches to student transportation that expand regional transportation access for K-12 students, improve cost-effectiveness, and leverage inter-agency partnerships beyond the traditional yellow school bus.
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Y-PLAN Overview
CC&S's Y-PLAN toolkit is designed to provide participants and partners in Y-PLAN intitiatives with a portfolio of teaching resources to be adapted to local circumstances and contexts.

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Opportunity-Rich Schools and Sustainable Communities: Seven Steps to Align High-Quality Education with Innovations in City and Metropolitan Planning and Development
Our report for the What Works Collaborative, supports federal agencies—and community development and regional planning practitioners—in identifying the mechanisms to tangibly link their work in sustainable communities planning to educational improvement efforts to create cross-sector “win-wins,” increase productivity, and foster social equity.

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Maximizing Walkability, Diversity, and Educational Equity in U.S. Schools
Walking and bicycling to school is an important way for children to get exercise and a valuable tool in the battle against childhood obesity. But fewer schools are walkable than in the past, and strategies for promoting walkable schools cannot be considered without taking into account a stark fact: high levels of neighborhood segregation leave many children from lower-income families in segregated schools, with often dire educational consequences. Are diversity, educational equity, and walkability compatible? This new report, drawn from a national dialogue among leaders in health and public education, with accompanying research, answers the question in the affirmative. It also outlines the factors that determine how and where schools get built for different populations, and proposes action steps for promoting diverse, walkable, high quality schools for all children.

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PLUS Leadership Initiative: Final Report
This report offers a comprehensive overview of the first six years of the PLUS (Planning and Learning United for Systems Change) Leadership Initiative administered by the Center for Cities & Schools at UC Berkeley (CC&S). PLUS began as a concerted response to the growing recognition among planning and educational practitioners, policy makers and funding agencies that the complex challenges facing students, families and their communities in the Bay Area and across the nation will require a new generation of leaders.

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California's K-12 Educational Infrastructure Investments: Leveraging the State's Role for Quality School Facilities in Sustainable Communities
This report takes a comprehensive look at the state of K-12 school facilities in California, focusing on state-level policies and funding patterns. The recommendations lay out a detailed framework that re-envisions the state's role in K-12 infrastructure to appropriately support educational quality and contribute to healthy, sustainable communities goals. Our hope is that this report helps guide state leaders in aligning infrastructure investments for efficiencies and multiple benefits for Californians. The report also includes a message of support for implementation from California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.

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Save the date for Y-PLAN National Summit on May 18th and 19th in Washington, D.C.

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Watch the Webinar! Healthy School Facilities: Planning for "Good Repair" in Local Control + Accountability Plans

CC&S's paper, Sustainable Communities Need Opportunity-Rich Schools: A Smart Growth Imperative, was chosen for Smart Growth Network's compendium, The National Conversation on the Future of Our Communities. 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.

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