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2014

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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2013

Sustainable Communities Need Opportunity-Rich Schools: A Smart Growth Imperative
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.
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Partnering with K-12 Education in Building Healthy, Sustainable, and Competitive Regions: A California Policy Symposium
On December 6, 2012, UC Berkeley's Center for Cities & Schools, in collaboration with the California Department of Education, California Department of Public Health, Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Strategic Growth Council, and Health in All Policies Task Force, brought together leaders from across California to discuss the alignment of important policy agendas: ensuring high-quality, opportunity-rich schools in healthy, sustainable communities. This brief highlights key themes from the conversation and outlines next steps identified by participants.
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2012

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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TOD 205- Families and Transit-Oriented Development: Creating Complete Communities for All
Jeffrey M. Vincent, Ariel H. Bierbaum, Deborah L. McKoy, and Michael P. Rhodes, Center for Cities & Schoolsand Sam Zimbabwe, Kelley Britt, and Elizabeth Wampler, Reconnecting America
The Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) and the Center for Cities & Schools (CC&S) at the University of California, Berkeley, today released "TOD 205 - Families and Transit-Oriented Development: Creating Complete Communities for All,” the seventh in the Federal Transit Administration-sponsored series of reports explaining the best practices of transit-oriented development. This guidebook illustrates why planningfor transit-oriented development that serves families is important for creating truly “complete” communities and how such planning can be achieved in conjunction with school stakeholders.

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2011

Framing the Connections: Integrating housing, transportation and education in cityand regional planning
Deborah 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).
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Growth & Opportunity: Aligning High-Quality Public Education & Sustainable Communities Planning in the Bay Area
Ariel H. Bierbaum, Jeffrey M. Vincent and Deborah L. McKoy
CC&S and ABAG partnered to support and inform local and regional innovation connecting schools to the Bay Area’s regional development and conservation strategy (FOCUS) and the Sustainable Communities Strategy as mandated by California’s climate change legislation, Senate Bill 375. Our new report identifies tangible policy levers at both the regional and municipal levels that realize the co-benefits of pursuing complete communities and high-quality education in tandem. We describe the regional educational landscape and develop recommendations about specific strategies to achieve cross-sector “win-wins.”
  • What are the educational impacts of non-school policies, such as housing, transportation, and other regional planning investments?
  • What are the impacts of educational efforts on non-school issues, such as housing choice, sustainable transportation utilization, and community-building opportunities?
  • How can the region’s policy and practice interventions and investments in housing and transportation be made to strategically support improving school quality?
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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
Deborah L. McKoy, Jeffrey M. Vincent, and Ariel H. Bierbaum.
In 2010 the What Works Collaborative invited CC&S to examine the ways in which sustainable community planning could work with school leaders to foster positive educational outcomes. The report illustrates policies and strategies at all levels of government are increasingly associating educational outcomes with community planning and housing. Challenges remain for local officials and practitioners trying to align these policy areas, including persistent spatial inequity and rigid institutional silos. Through the research, we developed seven steps to link education and planning policy at the local level. We draw from a national scan of model activities, interviews with key experts and agency staff members, and the authors' experience working with local governing bodies. The report identifies practical solutions that encompass assessing the current educational environment, engaging the community, strategic planning and implementation of investment, and institutionalizing successful innovations.
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Work-Based Learning through Civic Engagement
Deborah L. McKoy, David Stern and Ariel H. Bierbaum
Work-based learning (WBL), an important part of the 1990s “School to Work” movement, is a core component of the Linked Learning strategy which is now shaping efforts to improve secondary education in California and around the nation in cities such as Detroit, New York and Philadelphia. WBL can include not only classic internships and “co-op” placements but also school-based enterprises and other activities in which students produce goods or provide services for other people. However, discussions to date have not fully recognized the particular importance of the civic sector as a site for WBL. The civic sector, including public agencies and nonprofit organizations, is vital to both a strong economy and a healthy democracy. The aim of this paper is to explain the idea of WBL in the civic sector and offer an in-depth look at a model of civic WBL –– the Y-PLAN –– in action.
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2010

Trajectories of Opportunity for Young Men and Boys of Color: Built Environment and Placemaking Strategies for Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities
Deborah L. McKoy, Jeffrey M. Vincent, and Ariel H. Bierbaum.
CC&S contributes a chapter to the book Changing Places: How Communities Will Improve the Health of Boys of Color (edited by Christopher Edley, Jr. and Jorge Ruiz de Velasco; University of California Press 2010). The book draws attention to the urgent need— both economic and moral—to better understand the policy and community- based factors that serve as incentives or barriers to young men and boys of color as they make critical life decisions. Our chapter investigates the ways in which unhealthy environments — and the urban planning and institutional practices that created them — structure disadvantage and undermine the life chances of young men and boys of color. We then describe how innovative city-school initiatives are aligning and leveraging the diverse elements of the built and social environment to create the trajectories of opportunity this group needs and deserves.
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Smart Schools for Sustainable Communities: Aligning Sustainable Communities Planning and Public Education in California (Invited Policy Roundtable)
CC&S partnered with the California Strategic Growth Council and the California Department of Education to host an invited roundtable, bringing together local and state leaders together to discuss promising strategies for linking public schools to the creation of healthy, sustainable communities. Topics included, integrating schools into regional Sustainable Communities Strategies and local planning activities, school siting and design, and green construction. Participants worked together to identify policy opportunities for improving educational experiences and realizing sustainable communities.
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Partnerships for Joint Use: Expanding the Use of Public School Infrastructure to Benefit Students and Communities
Jeffrey M. Vincent
Funded by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International, this study categorizes the types of joint use used by school districts utilize in California. We discern the challenges and lessons in joint use partnerships and make policy, procedural, and research recommendations to better support the joint use of public schools throughout the country.
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Linking Transit-Oriented Development, Families, and Schools
Community Investments 22(2): 18-21
Ariel H. Bierbaum, Jeffrey M. Vincent, and Deborah McKoy
Transit-oriented development (TOD) projects are often targeted at empty nesters or young professionals, with few options for families. But the interconnections between how and why families choose where to live and how that relates to their perception of access to high quality schools is a complex reality that is highly dependent on local contexts. This article outlines ten core connections between TOD, families and schools, and provides guidance for stakeholders interested in promoting equitable TOD that serves the needs of families.
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Social Enterprise for Learning: A Replicable Model of Service Learning and Civic Engagement
Social Studies Review 49(1): 82-85
Deborah McKoy, David Stern, and Ariel H. Bierbaum
Many schools offer service learning—community service linked to classroom studies—to help students become more effective participants in a democratic society. Different forms of service learning combine various amounts of discussion and analysis of social issues with engagement in activities that have real impact outside the classroom. What we call "Social Enterprise for Learning," or SEfL, involves students in both thinking about a civic or public issue and doing something about it. In this paper we describe the process we have developed for organizing SEfLs in high schools and how they evolve together with local educational and community partners. We include brief accounts of several SEfLs in San Francisco, to demonstrate how this process can be successfully replicated.
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Putting Schools on the Map: Linking Transit-Oriented Development, Families, and Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area
Ariel Bierbaum, Jeffrey M. Vincent, and Deborah McKoy
This paper examines the connections between Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and families, schools, and expanding educational opportunities for all children. This paper is the first of its kind; therefore, we take an exploratory approach to understanding and framing these interconnections. We provide a rationale for the linkages at this nexus, highlight the Ten Core Connections between TOD and public education, highlight five case studies in the Bay Area, and make recommendations for enhancing city-school collaboration in TOD.
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Joint Use of Public Schools: A Framework for a New Social Contract
21st Century School Fund and Center for Cities & Schools
This paper adds to the growing conversation about and demand for joint use as a way to provide services to children and families in convenient locations, improve opportunities for physical activity by increasing use of school recreational and outdoor spaces, leverage capital investments, and more, provide a conceptual frame for the joint use of PK-12 public schools. We establish definitions for joint use and frame the basic challenges and opportunities to facilitate better conversations and planning for these type of collaborations.
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Y-PLAN Overview
Deborah McKoy, Ariel Bierbaum, April Suwalsky, Erica Boas, and Alissa Kronovet
This toolkit is designed to provide participants and partners in Y-PLAN initiatives with a portfolio of teaching resources to be adapted to local circumstances and contexts. It is intended to give insight into an urban planning project "big picture" focus as it breaks down the overarching objectives into smaller goals.
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Monitoring Success in Choice Neighborhoods: A Proposed Approach to Performance Measurement
Robin Smith, G. Thomas Kingsley, Mary Cunningham, Susan Popkin, Kassie Dumlao, Ingrid Gould Ellen, Mark Joseph, and Deborah McKoy
This paper considers how to effectively evaluate outcomes and measure success in comprehensive community transformation efforts, such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s proposed Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. It is a product of the Urban Institute and was supported by the What Works Collaborative.
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San Francisco's Public School Facilities as Public Assets: A Shared Understanding and Policy Recommendations for the Community Use of Schools
Report prepared for San Francisco Unified School District and San Francisco's Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families
This report presents research findings and policy recommendations from a year-long process involving a diverse stakeholder group to establish a more effective "joint use" strategy in San Francisco that supports students, families, schools and communities.
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The Impact of State Regulations on the Costs of Public School Construction
Jeffrey M. Vincent and Paavo Monkkonen
Journal of Education Finance 35(4): 313-330, Spring 2010
In this article, we measure the impacts of three public school construction regulations on the costs of construction in a model that incorporates a more comprehensive set of project and locality characteristics than previous research.
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2009

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.
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School Construction Policies to Support Sustainable Communities: California's Golden Opportunity
Jeffrey M. Vincent
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.
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Re-Visioning School Facility Planning and Design for the 21st Century: Creating Optimal Learning Environments
Roundtable hosted by the California Department of Education (CDE) School Facilities Planning Division and facilitated by Center for Cities & Schools
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Smart Schools, Smart Growth: Investing in Education Facilities and Stronger Communities
A Joint Working Paper by PACE (Policy Analysis for California Education) and Center for Cities & Schools
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Ad-Hoc Coalition for Healthy School Siting
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).
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2008

Integrating Infrastructure Planning: The Role of Schools. ACCESS 33 (4)
By Deborah McKoy, Jeffrey M. Vincent, and Carrie Makarewicz
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Stimulus Memo to Obama
By Jeffrey M. Vincent and Stephen R. English (Advancement Project)
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Joint Use School Partnerships in California: Strategies to Enhance Schools and Communities
By Tamar Cooper and Jeffrey M. Vincent
A Joint Report from Center for Cities & Schools (CC&S) and Public Health Law and Policy (PHLP)
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The Complex and Multi-Faceted Nature of School Construction Costs: Factors Affecting California. A Report to the American Institute of Architects California Council
By Jeffrey M. Vincent and Deborah McKoy
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Building Schools and Community. Race, Poverty and the Environment. Vol. 15:1. (Spring 2008)
Bierbaum, Ariel H., Jeffrey M. Vincent and Erika Tate
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Planning for Families: The Housing and Education Nexus - Proceedings Summary
Fall 2007 Forum presented by the Center for Cities & Schools PLUS Leadership Initiative
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Housing and Education: The Inextricable Link.
By Deborah L. McKoy and Jeffrey M. Vincent.
In Segregation: The Rising Costs for America.
(Edited by James Carr and Nandinee Kutty)
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2007

The Community Development and Education Connection: Reviving cities, transforming schools, and engaging young people in the process
By Deborah L. McKoy
Community Investments 19, 2: 20-21, Fall 2007
Youth Engagement in Planning Nationwide: A Convening in New Orleans
By Ariel H. Bierbaum and Alissa Kronovet
Community Investments 19, 2: 22, Fall 2007
Y-PLAN: Teaches the Why and How to Plan
By Ariel H. Bierbaum and Deborah L. McKoy
Race, Poverty & the Environment 14, 2: 72-74, Fall 2007
Building Schools, Building Communities: The Role of State Policy in California - Proceedings Paper
Forum presented by Center for Cities & Schools and American Architectural Foundation.
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School Quality and Housing Choices: What are the Links?
Presentation at the Lake Arrowhead Transportation/Land Use/Environment Symposium, October 14-16, 2007.
By Ariel Bierbaum.
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Engaging Schools in Urban Revitalization: The YPLAN (Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now!)
By Deborah L. McKoy and Jeffrey M. Vincent.
Journal of Planning Education and Research 26: 389-403, 2007.
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Promising Practices to Improve Schools and Communities: A Survey of Highly Collaborative and Comprehensive Education Reform Efforts.
By Heather Kinlaw, Deborah L. McKoy, and Jeffrey M. Vincent. 2007.
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School Siting for Healthy Communities: Concepts and Strategies
Presentation of the California School Boards Association, School Wellness Conference, October 2, 2007.
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PLUS (Planning and Learning United for Systems Change) Overview
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Growing our Future Community Activists and Land Use and Housing Policy Makers: Y-PLAN (Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now)
Presentation at the California League of Cities Conference, September 6, 2007.
By Deborah L. McKoy and Ariel Bierbaum.
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2006

Growth and Disparity: A Decade of U.S. Public School Construction
By Mary Filardo, Jeff Vincent, Ping Sung, and Travis Stein. Washington, DC: Building Educational Success Together (BEST).
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Public Schools as Public Infrastructure: Roles for Planning Researchers
By Jeffrey M. Vincent.
Journal of Planning Education and Research 25(4): 433-437, 2006.
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Evaluation of the Mandela Gateway HOPE VI Redevelopment
Prepared for the Oakland Housing Authority, Oakland, California.
By Susan Slingluff.
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Connecting Housing and Education: A Policy, Research, and Practice Agenda for the Bay Area and Beyond
Hosted by the Center for Cities & Schools in Partnership with LISC Bay Area and the Building Educational Success Together (BEST) Collaborative, June 2006.
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Creating Partnerships to Support Physical Activity: Joint-Use Schools
Presentation at Healthy Eating Active Communities, an initiative of the California Endowment. April 27, 2006.
By Jeffrey M. Vincent.
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City Watershed Project Final Evaluation
Prepared for the California Department of commerce Technology Opportunities Program
By Deborah L. McKoy and Annie Shott
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2005

The Center for Cities & Schools: Connecting Research and Policy Agendas
By Deborah L. McKoy and Jeffrey M. Vincent.
Berkeley Planning Journal  Vol. 18: 57-77.
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The Role of Public Education in Neighborhoods of "Choice and Connection."
Center for Cities & Schools Symposium with Bruce Katz and Arlene Ackerman
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Cities, Regions, and Schools: A Report to the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.
Prepared by students in CP290.
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Part 1: Building “Smarter” Schools: Improving Land Development and School Design
By Jeannie Eisberg, Lauren Friedman, Chris Lollini & Susan Slingluff.
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Part 2: Housing, Transportation and Schools
By Leigh Angres, Elinor Buchen, Sundar Chari, and David Zisser.
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Part 3: Health and Safety in Schools: School-Community Solutions
By Gloria Bruce and Eliza Johnston.
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Part 4: Equity, Segregation and Choice: The Changing Nature of School Reform
By Gina Banks, Greta Kirschenbaum, Josh Mason, and Jeanette Nelson.
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Part 5: Governance and Finance as a Means to Support Increased School Performance
By Mike Abbott, Heather Barondess, Heather Kinlaw, Matt Reed, and Mike Smith
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Emeryville Center of Community Life: City and School District Collaboration
By Jeffrey M. Vincent
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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 Fall 2005 Forum with Tony Smith and John Flores.
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The Y-PLAN for Youth Insights and The McClymonds Mini Park.
Frameworks, Berkeley College of Environmental Design 1(1): 18-21.
By Deborah L. McKoy and Walter Hood.
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The Importance of Vibrant Cities in Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education: Center for Cities & Schools Spring 2005 Symposium with Pedro Noguera and Tom Bates.
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The Education Gospel: The Economic Power of Schooling: Center for Cities & Schools Spring 2005 Speakers Series with W. Norton Grubb.
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The HOPE VI Youth Leadership for Change Initiative: Formative Evaluation Report (2000 – 2003).
Prepared for U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
By Deborah McKoy, Amanda Kobler, and Shirl Buss.
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Y-PLAN (Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now) Summary and Report 2005.
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Center for Cities & Schools Newsletter, 2005
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2004

Hope VI Youth Leadership for Change Initiative: Preliminary Evaluation
Prepared for U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
By Amanda Kobler.
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Book Review of Community Organizing for School Reform (Howell S. Baum).
By Deborah L. McKoy and Jeffrey M. Vincent.
Journal of Planning Education and Research 24(2): 221-223.
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2003

Schools and the City: Making the Connection. A Report to San Francisco Unified School District. Prepared by students in CP290.
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Part 1: Abraham Lincoln High School.
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Part 2: Philip and Sala Burton Academic High School.
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Part 3: Galileo Academy of Science and Technology.
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Part 4: Mission High School.
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