PLUS Fellows 2018-2019

                    2018 - 2019 PLUS PROJECTS + FELLOWS 






 


IDENTIFYING FACTORS AFFECTING TEACHER RETENTION IN OUSD

Client: Oakland Unified School District - Talent Division

Oakland Unified School District experiences high staff attrition, particularly among teachers. In January 2018, the District implemented a 74-question survey to all of its staff with questions designed to garner feedback about what factors make staff want to stay in the district and what factors want to make them leave. OUSD seeks to analyze this feedback in order to make it available to different key stakeholders including parents, school leaders, and union leaders,among others.

PROJECT FELLOW: 

CHRIS KAISER-NYMAN

MPP Candidate 2020, Goldman School of Public Policy

Chris is a Sacramento native who has made his way back to California to obtain a Master's in Public Policy. Most of his work experience has involved coordinating direct social services to low-income communities particularly those vulnerable to chronic illnesses. He is interested in leveraging data to help marginalized communities identify and solve issues across health, education, criminal justice, housing, and beyond.


DOCUMENTING AND ALIGNING HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAMS IN OUSD

Client: Oakland Unified School District - Office of Health & Wellness

This report intends to offer best practice insights to support OUSD Health and Wellness Director’s plans for documenting and systematizing the work of 50 current School Wellness Officers to deepen coordination and alignment of wellness policies and programs across OUSD.

PROJECT FELLOW: 

IRENE FARNSWORTH

MPP Candidate 2020, Goldman School of Public Policy

Irene Farnsworth is a current Master of Public Policy Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. She is passionate about fighting for racial justice and health equity, and looks forward to using her experience and skills to analyze the effectiveness of the Health and Wellness programs at Oakland Unified School District with the PLUS fellowship. Irene brings nearly four years of experience as a social impact consultant in the Bay Area, with skills in project management, data visualization, and qualitative and quantitative research methods.  


MAPPING AND STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT FOR SFUSD SCHOOL BUS HISTORIC RIDERSHIP

Client: San Francisco Unified School District - Policy & Operations / Transportation Department

San Francisco Unified School District’s Policy & Operations department seeks to understand if historic bus routes leads to equitable access. Project aims to develop recommendations on how route changes, process improvements, and adapting new technologies can increase safety, timeliness, equitable access to schools, and cost.

PROJECT FELLOW: 

JULIAN HAYES

MPP Candidate 2020, Goldman School of Public Policy

Julian is a current Master's in Public Policy Student at the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP). He has spent a total of 7 years working in schools: 5 years as a bilingual teacher and 2 years as an instructional coach. His reason for attending GSPP is to gain the skills needed to eliminate childhood poverty, neighborhood trauma, and youth joblessness in his community. Through the PLUS Fellowship, Julian hopes to gain concrete skills in quantitative analysis and school operations.


YOUNG PEOPLE, SCHOOLS, AND PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN THE BAYVIEW: DOCUMENTING A DECADE OF COLLABORATION

Clients: Urban Strategies Council, local affordable housing developers, and CC+S

CC+S has worked with SFUSD, Urban Strategies, HOPE SF,  and many city/civic partners for over a decade engaging over 500 k-12 students and schools in housing and community redevelopment of the SF Bayview neighborhood.This project focuses on preparing a meta-analysis of the work done over the decade and recommendations for the future.

PROJECT FELLOW: 

TERREN WING

MPP Candidate 2020, Goldman School of Public Policy

Terren Wing is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the Goldman School of Public Policy with an interest in how effective housing policy can create equal access to opportunity. Prior to graduate school, she worked in both local government and the non-profit sector, focusing on affordable housing and homelessness. 

 


BUILDING HEALTHY CITIES: A REVIEW OF HEALTHY RICHMOND'S HUB IMPACT ON FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN SCHOOL GOVERNANCE IN WCCCUSD

Clients: The California Endowment & Healthy Richmond Hub Building Healthy Cities: A Review of Healthy Richmond Hub’s Impact on Family and Community Engagement in School Governance in WCCUSD

Fellow examined The California Endowment’s (TCE) Building Healthy Communities initiative—specifically the Healthy Richmond Hub—and evaluating the impact it has made in the ways that the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) works in partnership with students and parents and engages these critical stakeholders in the oversight and accountability of district-wide funding decisions. This report aims to identify best practices as they relate to family and community engagement in school governance and evaluate the extent to which it builds power for historically marginalized families and communities.

PROJECT FELLOWS: 

DIANA CASANOVA

MA Candidate 2019, Graduate School of Education

Diana Casanova is a second year Masters student with UC, Berkeley's Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include family-school partnerships, education reform, organizing schools for improvement, and civic capacity.

 


THE POWER OF YOUTH VOICE IN REALIZING HEALTH EQUITY IN OUR CITIES & SCHOOLS

Through tools like Y-PLAN and PLUS, leaders in the City of Richmond -- the city government, the school district, numerous non-profits and CBOs, and the Center for Cities + Schools -- have leveraged the creativity, power, and insight of youth to advance health equity at local and institutional levels. A review of the past decade of work emphasizes how these changes transcend particular tools or spaces, effectively transforming a youth-focused, city-wide vision for the future.

SARAH FERRELL

MPH/MSW Candidate 2021, School of Public Health and School of Social Welfare

Sarah Ferrell is a first year MPH/MSW concurrent student. She is interested in the intersection between health and education and seeks to implement public health programming that is directed by the priorities of the community, through authentic co-creation and power sharing. Prior to relocating to the Bay Area, Sarah worked for over three years in DC supporting schools to more equitably engage families. She also tutored middle schoolers and supported local community organizers advance towards economic and racial justice in the District.


BUILDING A HEALTHY SACRAMENTO FOR AND WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AND SCHOOLS

Clients: Sacramento City Unified School District & The California Endowment BHC Initiative

For the past 5 years, the Center for Cities + Schools has worked with the hub of the Sacramento Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Initiative and the Sacramento City Unified School District to better align their respective education and community health goals, supporting a better coordinated, multi-sector, community-based approach to neighborhood revitalization.  This project will result in a report that highlights successes and outcomes from improved partnerships and program coordination, and opportunities for improvement as the partnerships and program goals develop in the future. Additionally, it will offer insight into appropriate indicators and measurements of success for the region, providing opportunity to shape future localized programs and research that aim to improve community health and civic engagement.

PROJECT FELLOW: 

C. SEQUOIA ERASMUS

 

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