PLUS Leadership Initiative Reports

Oakland - Richmond - ABAG - San Francisco - San Pablo - Sacramento - Berkeley - Emeryville

City of Oakland and Oakland Unified School District

2016 OPTIONS FOR SUPPORTING EDUCATORS WITH HOUSING ASSISTANCE: STRATEGIES FOR TEACHER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION

Lindsay Maple and Leslie Valencia

Policy Brief 

Project Poster


2016 EXPLORING ALTERNATE TALENT STREAMS AT OAKLAND UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: EMERGENCY CREDENTIAL TEACHERS

Nija Fountano and Zohar Perla

Policy Brief

Project Poster


 

2015 Advocacy Through Effective Benchmarking and Communications: Making the Case for Quality School Facilities in OUSD

Alejandra Barrio, Max Gara and Sari Ladin

The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), like many other districts in California and across the nation, has struggled to adequately fund the maintenance and operations (M&O) of its school facilities. Properly maintaining and operating facilities is essential to ensuring the health and success of students and educators.

Policy Brief

Project Poster


 

2015 Facilitating the School-To-Work Transition: Advancing Project-Based + Work-Based Learning Experiences in OUSD

Raúl Chavez and Kate Glassman

This project combines analysis of project-based learning (PBL) and work-based learning abilites to facilitate the school-to-work transition. Project-based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method that guides students through the process of designing and implementing projects about social problems or phenomena grounded in their interests. As a pedagogical approach, PBL fits well within the Oakland Unified School District’s Linked Learning academic framework, which prioritizes giving students opportunities to connect with professional communities and apply their learning outside of school. While work-based learning, exemplified by Oakland Unified School District’s (OUSD) Linked Learning program is part of a broader, statewide initiative to ensure students’ transition from school to work. 

Raúl Chavez's Policy Brief

Kate Glassman's Policy Brief

Project Poster


2014 Aligning + Leveraging Resources: Connecting Industry partners with OUSD's Linked Learning  Educational Goals + Strategies

Elizabeth Schmid

OUSD's career academies and pathways are the foundation of its work-based learning strategy, known as Linked Learning. This instructional approach provides students with the resources and skills necessary to succeed in college, career and life. But according to this report, educators and industry professionals struggle to connect on meaningful collaboration projects.

Policy Brief

Project Poster


2013 Career Academies and Economic Opportunity in East Oakland

Heather Imboden

This project seeks to identify opportunities for Youth UpRising (YU) to support and collaborate with the OUSD in developing a new career academy at Castlemont High School. This paper analyzes potential career academies against the current economic and educational landscape of the East Bay and provides tools for YU and OUSD to work together in the develoopment of a career academy at Castlemont High School.

Final Report


2013 Community Data to Inform Portfolio Management, Aid Principals

Sachin Jain

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.

Final Report


2012  The Role of Career Academies in Realizing OUSD’s Full-Service Community School District-wide Policy and Goals: A Case Study of the Sustainable Urban Design Academy (SUDA) at Castlemont High School

Aixle Aman

After reviewing the policy landscape and placement of SUDA within Oakland's social network, this report seeks to answer how a career academy can transform a school into a full-service community learning center and simultaneously address community development goals.

Final Presentation


2012  Community Engagement in School Restructuring: Lessons + Strategies

Jocelyn Everroad

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. 

Final Presentation


2010  Training for Principals and Orientation for Providers: Partnership Tools and Models

Seenae Chong and Tracey Logan

This report explores methods of creating partnerships between schools, non-school supports and community organizers by looking at OUSD's Complementary Learning Department.

Final Presentation


2010  East Oakland BuiLding Healthy Communities Initiative: Challenges + Strategies

Sarah Sullivant

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.

Final Presentation


2009  OUSD’s Complementary Learning Initiative: Increasing educational equity and academic achievement through collaboration

Mara Larsen-Fleming

With the focus of coordinating community activities into school sites, this report regards cultivating joint use, after-school programs, school site plan integration and collaborative school study programs as potential methods.

Final Presentation


2008  Youth Data Archive: using data across districts, county, and city aGencies to Serve OUR students most effectively and efficiently

Lynn Wu

The applications of a wide swath of student and school data are quite valuable, but realistic timelines and cross-organizational coordination are necessary to improve data effectiveness.

Final Presentation


City of Richmond, West Contra Costa Unified School District, Bay Area LISC, Richmond Children's Foundation (RCF)

2016 YOUTH ENGAGEMENT AND AUTHENTIC STUDENT VOICE IN LCAP/LCFF PLANNING PROCESSES: EMERGING BEST PRACTICES

Derrika Hunt and Casey McAldruff

Policy Brief 

Project Poster


2016 MAPPING ASSESSMENT TO NEED: STREAMLINING THE FULL SERVICE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS NEEDS ASSESMENT PROCESS IN WEST CONTRA COSTA USD

Abby Ridley-Kerr

Policy Brief

Project Poster


2015 City-School Partnerships in Richmond, CA: Supporting Full Service Community Schools in west contra costa unified school district

Desiree Carver-Thomas

Nearly half of all West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) schools are located in the City of Richmond and many Richmond students benefit immensely from the kinds of services offered in a community school. Now is an especially urgent time for high quality community schools implementation given the Richmond Promise, Local Control Funding Formula, and WCCUSD community school policies.

Policy Brief

Project Poster


2015 CHARTING THE COURSE FOR SUCCUSSFUL COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: USING DATA & HUMAN CAPITAL TO ADVANCE IMPLEMENTATION IN WCCUSD 

Anna Maier

In 2012, the West Contra Costa Unified (WCCUSD) Board of Education adopted a resolution in support of districtwide Full Service Community Schools. A community school educates the “whole child” by providing integrated services to support academic achievement and successful life outcomes. This project addresses two key questions: 

1) What is the current implementation status of the WCCUSD community schools initiative? 

2) How can data and human capital advance implementation of community schools programming at the school site and district level? 

Policy Brief

Project Poster


2015 moving forward with community schools: aligning goals, strategies & actions in richmond

Margaret Fransee

With the 2013 introduction of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the West Contra Costa School District, Healthy Richmond, the City of Richmond, and other stakeholders have been strategizing around how the LCFF can benefit underserved students through the implementation of a Full Service Community School model (FSCS). This project aims to investigate how best to align implementation methods.

Policy Brief

Project Poster


2014 MAPPING FOR ALIGNMENT: INVENTORYING SCHOOL-BASED SERVICES IN WCCUSD

Maura Baldiga and Anna Maier

To strategically plan for the implementation of a full-service commuunity 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.

Policy Brief

Project Poster


2013 A Full-Service Community School District in West Contra County

Roza Do

The full-service community schools approach is a district-wide priority that aims to better coordinate and align public and private partnerships and resources to meet the comprehensive needs of students and create equitable conditions to promote community health. This report focuses in particular on the Richmond Health Equity Partnership for developing a district-wide FSCS strategy.

Final Report


2012 Aligning the Healthy Richmond Hub Project with WCCUSD

Roza Do

The Healthy Richmond Hub project can better meet the needs of young people by aligning community school and vision strategies with parent networks and school-based health centers as anchors.

Final Presentation


2010 Nystrom United Revitalization Effort

Kris Hartley

In order to build a "safe, diverse and thriving place" with full services, the community feedback repository should be institutionalized, stakeholder involvement should be coordinated and metrics for measuring the strategy's effectiveness should be devised.

Final Presentation


2009 Neighborhood Transformation Through Collaborative Practice

This project seeks to identify how to engage community members in the Nystrom United Revitalization Effort and implement collaboration and accountability structures across stakeholders.

Final Presentation


2008 Maximizing School Facility Use for Healthier Communities

Tamar Cooper, Cherry Ordoñez and Samir Bolar

Final Presentation


Association of Bay Area Governments

2013 Integrating Sustainable Community Planning and Public Education

Chaya Nayak

The purpose of this report is to analyze and identify shared visions and goals between ABAG and educators, and develop recommendations for aligning programs and policies to reach such goals.

Final Presentation


City of San Francisco and San Francisco Unified School District

2016 PLACE-BASED AND DEMOGRAPHIC FACTORS IN TEACHER ATTRITION: USING DATA TO INFORM DECISION MAKING IN SAN FRANCISCO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Sarah Kolterman, Taylor Myers and Keith Welch

Policy Brief

Project Poster


2015 Planning for Big Change: Enrollment Growth + SFUSD School Portfolio PLANNING

Justine Wolitzer

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) needs to re-evaluate their long-range facilities planning strategy because city demographics and enrollment are changing dramatically. This is a result of ambitious housing growth plans, which contribute to a forecasted growth in enrollment by nearly 20% by 2025.

Policy Brief

Project Poster


2015 Making Quitable + Sustainable Transportation a Reality in SFUSD

Julia Ehrman 

SFUSD provides school bus service to a small number of students, but the majority of SFUSD students rely on other transportation modes. Many students face excessively long or unsafe commutes, while others rely on private vehicles because alternatives are insufficient for busy lifestyles. The complex school assignment system, diverse school contexts and limited resources create complex transportation challenges.

Policy Brief 

Project Poster


2015 HOPE SF + SFUSD Alignment of Educational Services

Francesca Delgado and Dennis De Guzman Caindec

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the primary HOPE SF partner to address educational programs and other learning opportunities. In particular, HOPE SF and SFUSD have partnered to provide and increase access to dual generational education services across the eight HOPE SF public elementary schools and four public housing sites. But how aligned, both vertically & horizontally, are services between the 8 HOPE SF elementary schools and 4 public housing sites to support the HOPE SF educational priorities?

Policy Brief

Project Poster


 

2014 ACCESS + EQUITY: MAPPING SFUSD'S TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Julie Leung

Using data from SFUSD's transportation department, special education services and enrollment placement center, project visualization maps were created using GIS to understand the location of students and services within the district. Important findings are elaborated upon.

Policy Brief

Project Poster


2014 LINKING EQUITY + SUSTAINABILITY: A TRANSPORTATION PLAN FOR SFUSD

Julia Ehrman

In San Francisco, three factors-school choice, limited transportation resources, and diverse school contexts-pose significant challenges to student transportation, and illuminate the need to include affordability, access, and safety in a context-specific sustainable transportation plan. This paper implicates the SFUSD as the entity responsible for linking transportation equity and sustainability for its students.

Policy Brief

Project Poster


2013 Aligning Funding for Education in Bayview Hunter's Point

Darren Gapultos

In partnership with the SFUSD, this research project utilizes official documents and key stakeholder interviews ot create landscape analysis that attempts to address the following question: What community development initiatives will support and improve the educational attainment of pre-k to 12th grade youth attending SFUSD schools located in the Bayview neighborhood and what connections between these initiatives can SFUSD leverage so that resources support district policies?

Final Report

Project Poster: Aligning Funding to Maximize Educational Outcomes

Project Poster: Year by Year Estimates of Education-Related Funds


2013 Fair and Equitable: Pricing School Facilities for Joint Use

Ruth Miller

SFUSD, like many districts, allows use of its classromms, gymnasiums, and other indoor facilities to external groups. But similar to other districts, SFUSD has struggled to apply use fees consistently, fairly and equitably. Building from the recommendations of the 2010 report, San Francisco's Public School Facilities as Public Assets: A Shared Understanding and Policy Recommendations for the Community Use of Schools, and the working group, this report proposed an updated, revised pricing methodology and fee schedule in accordance with California's Civic Center to increase transparency, consistency, and align to SFUSD's education goals.

Final Report

Project Poster


2012 Improving Youth Opportunities in Bayview/Hunter's Point

Darren Gapultos

By emphasizing a 'Cradle to Career' pathway to success, this report outlines the potential for community organizations to interact with public schools in the Bayview/Hunter's Point neighborhood.

Final Presentation


2010 HOPE SF: Adult Supported Youth Engagement

LeConté Dill

Through connections with local communities of practice as well as development professionals and other adult actors, HOPE SF can improve the prospects for affiliated youth. 

Final Presentation


2009 HOPE SF at Hunters View

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

Final Presentation


2009 SF's Public School Facilities as Public Assets

Public schools offer incredible potential for diverse uses by local community groups and organizations. This presentation gives an overview of some of the challenges and potential benefits of creating municipal joint use policy.

Final Presentation


2008 Joint Use School partnerships in California: How Do Different Housing and How Do Different Housing and Redevelopment Policies in San Francisco Support or Impact SFUSD Families and Schools?

Cherry Ordoñez

Considering the relationship between housing and education, this presentation recommends that long-term facilities planning, a joint media campaign involving housing and education policy stakeholders, and further development of the Healthy Development Measurement Tool. 

Final Presentation


City of San Pablo, West Contra Costa Unified School District, and the Helms Community School

2010 Coordinated Information and Knowledge Sharing

Reino Makkonen

Greater information and knowledge sharing between WCCUSD and local government, through electronic attendance tracking and linked learning partnerships, would greatly improve the ability to connect land use and education policy.

Final Presentation


2009 Helms Community School

By forming strategic partnerships, encouraging joint use and integrating district and city policy, the Helms Community School has improved test scores, experienced high rates of attendance and essentially blurred the lines between home and school.

Final Presentation


2008 Data-Sharing for Systems Change

Erika Tate

This presentation recommends collaborating with district health centers and after school programs, identifying gaps within the district's data needs and establishing a longitudinal evaluation plan.

Final Presentation


City of Sacramento and Sacramento City Unified School District

2016 STRENGTHENING THE PIPELINE: INCREASING HEALTH CAREER PATHWAYS IN SACRAMENTO CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Diana Rios adn Lillian Chen

Policy Brief

Project Poster


 

2015 Broadening Health Pathways + Work-Based Learning in Sacramento City USD

Cailey Gibson and Ángel Ross 

Health career pathway programs are a natural linkage between Sacramento City Unified School District's (SCUSD) expansion of LinkedLearning initiatives and the California Endowment's (TCE) focus on health. This project aims to frame this alignment and articulate how TCE can leverage grantees' expertise to best support student-centered health pathways and work-based learning in SCUSD.

Policy Brief

Project Poster


 

2014 BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: TRACKING CHANGE + TRANSFORMATION

Megan Calpin and Maira Sanchez

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.

Policy Brief

Project Posters: Collaboration Through Partnerships, Positive School Culture, Food Access in Schools


2013 Aligning Neighborhood, Education and Public Health Initiatives

Joseph Schuchter

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.

Final Report


City of Berkeley, Berkeley Unified School District, The Berkeley Alliance

2010 Addressing Barriers to Student Learning

Paul Perry

In order to improve student learning in the BUSD, this research recommends stronger district-level support, qualified managers at the school level, more universal training for staff and collaboration across schools and data systems.

Final Presentation


2009 Creating a Collaborative Model through Practice Research

Kristen Ferris

In order to eliminate the racial predictability of low performance, this presentation identifies cultivating underrepresented groups for leadership roles and designing a process through which new group members can be assimilated into the common culture.

Final Presentation


2008  Engaging Youth in City-School Collaboration

Laura Henry

By reinvigorating the Youth Commission and collaborating with non-city agencies, youth engagement with and benefit from schools will improve.

Final Presentation


City of Emeryville and Emery Unified School District

2010 Sustaining Authentic Community Engagement Through Collaborative governance

Adrianne Wheeler

In order to improve community engagement, this presentation identifies legal agreements and non-traditional models based off determined decision issues as next steps.

Final Presentation


2009 Emeryville Center for Community Life: Governances Models to support the integrated services mission

This presentation explores the most advantageous government models for the Emeryville Center for Community Life. 

Final Presentation


2008 Engaging Youth in City-School Collaboration

Alissa Kronovet

For both the General Plan Update Committe and the City-School Committee, the youth board representatives have proven to be valuable assets.

Final Presentation