The 21st Century School Fund (21CSF) was founded in 1994 on the premise that communities are responsible for creatinghealthy, safe, and educationally appropriate learning environments. Mission: 21CSF is dedicated to building the public will and capacity to modernize public school facilities so they support high quality education and community revitalization. Vision: A country where every child learns in an educationally appropriate, healthy and safe school that serves as a community anchor and is built and maintained in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner. Work: 21CSF is a well-respected and relied upon force in the District of Columbia on public education, particularly related to facility planning and capital budget issues.
The Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley is home to a diverse group of students and faculty joined by their common interests in understanding and improving the complex world of education. Students and faculty tackle difficult questions—from how children, youth and adults learn, inside and outside classrooms; to how schools, communities and societies advance the educational and life chances of those they educate. In the process, students develop the necessary knowledge, skills, tools and experiences to handle those challenges. The Graduate School of Education is committed to providing and cultivating the very best in educational scholarship, innovation and professional leadership.
As a founding member of the College of Environmental Design, the Department was grounded in values emphasizing just this sort of synthesis – based on multidisciplinary research and education, critical thinking and inquiry, dialogue between theory and practice, and the importance of collaboration. More than a half century later, the urban future is complex and rapidly changing in ways that make these values ever more relevant. We face challenges ranging from economic instability to climate change, diminishing resources, and deep social inequalities. These dynamics will generate resource scarcity and conflict, but also technological innovation amid a rising tide of social activism – all of which promise to alter the ways in which city and regional planning has conventionally been carried out. Our exceptional, award-winning faculty tackle urban challenges at scales ranging from local to global. Their work takes them around the world, from Nairobi to Sao Paulo, from Durban and Beijing, from Singapore to San Francisco.
Since 1998 CCASN has been working to increase educational opportunities that offer each young person support and guidance, productive engagement in the world outside of school, and preparation for both college and careers. This research-based strategy has been effective for hundreds of thousands of teenagers, including low-income students of color. CCASN offers professional development, coaching, resource materials, and technical assistance for secondary educators, schools, and districts. CCASN also conducts research to document and improve practice, and advises policy makers at all levels.
At the Principal Leadership Institute (PLI), we know that the influence of the school principal on student achievement is second only to that of teachers. And with the growing demands and difficult working conditions, the pool of principals prepared to face these challenges has diminished, particularly in underperforming schools. Since its founding in 2000, PLI has been the premiere program that consistently provides rigorous and effective preparation for school leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. We take real-world challenges and use research to inform practice, enabling school leaders to identify assets in their communities in order to make high-quality learning accessible to all students.
California will provide a world-class education for all students, from early childhood to adulthood. The Department of Education serves our state by innovating and collaborating with educators, schools, parents, and community partners. Together, as a team, we prepare students to live, work, and thrive in a multicultural, multilingual, and highly connected world.
The California Health in All Policies (HiAP) Task Force was created by Executive Order S-04-10 in 2010 because the health and well-being of Californians is im-pacted by the policies and practices of many agencies and departments, not just health services and public health. The HiAP Task Force is housed under the Strategic Growth Council (SGC), and brings together 22 state agencies, departments, and offices, with a common goal of working together to support a healthier and more sustainable California. Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a collaborative approach to improving the health of all people by incorporating health, equity, and sustainability considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas. Five Key Elements of Health in All Policies provide a filter for identifying opportunities of potentially greatest impact for the HiAP Task Force by considering if the idea will:
Promote health, equity, and sustainability
Support intersectoral collaboration
Benefit multiple partners
Create structural or procedural change
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a nonprofit organization that improves quality of life for kids and communities by promoting healthy living, safe infrastructure, and physical activity, starting with bicycling and walking to school and beyond. We advance policy change; catalyze support with a network of more than 750 partner organizations, as well as schools, policy makers, and grassroots supporters; and we share our deep expertise at national, state and local levels with those helping propel our mission.
The National Partnership is governed by a Board of Directors with staff located throughout the U.S Our hundreds of partner affiliates utilize their communication channels to spread the word about Safe Routes to School opportunities, news, challenges and collaborations. Long time partners include AARP, the National PTA, the American Heart Association, Active Living By Design, Salud America, America Walks, National PTA, ChangeLab Solutions, PolicyLink, Smart Growth America, and PeopleForBikes, to name just a few.
The National Council on School Facilities is a new nonprofit organization formed by the directors of the states education facilities agencies to support states in their roles and responsibilities for the delivery of safe, healthy, educationally adequate school facilities that are sustainable and fiscally sound.
The 21st Century School Fund launched the Building Educational Success Together initiative to improve the quality of school facilities in urban communities. The BEST initiative is a constituency-building, research and communications collaborative working to improve urban school facilities. The mission of this initiative is to secure the policy changes needed to improve facility conditions for students and teachers and to make schools centers of their communities.
The Coalition for Community Schools, housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership, is an alliance of national, state and local organizations in education K-16, youth development, community planning and development, family support, health and human services, government and philanthropy as well as national, state and local community school networks. Community schools are both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. There are a number of national models and local community school initiatives that share a common set of principles: fostering strong partnerships, sharing accountability for results, setting high expectations, building on the community’s strengths, and embracing diversity and innovative solutions.