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Full Service Community Schools in the Oakland Unified School District, 2018-2019

In 2010, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) leaders, staff, families, students, and community partners launched an ambitious effort to transform the district into a community school district. What started as a pilot in mostly secondary schools has expanded to become a far-reaching district strategy across all school levels. Currently, 42 OUSD schools have Community School Managers and most schools have some elements of community schools programming.

Becoming a Community School: A Study of Oakland Unified School District Community School Implementation, 2015-2016

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is engaged in the process of becoming a “full service community schools district.”  Since 2014, OUSD has partnered with the Gardner Center to support their efforts to assess, enhance, and scale their community schools work.

Expanding Learning Opportunities for Youth and Their Families in the Mission Promise Neighborhood: An Interim Assessment

San Francisco’s Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN) is a federally-funded Promise Neighborhood initiative that supports community-based organizations, schools, and other public agencies to work in defined neighborhoods and build integrated supports for children and youth from cradle to college and career.  Since 2013, the Gardner Center has partnered with MPN to support implementation and ongoing assessment of the initiative.

Oakland Unified School District Community Schools: Understanding Implementation Efforts to Support Students, Teachers, and Families

In 2010, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) launched an initiative to transform all district schools into full service community schools. The community school design provides integrated supports to students and fosters a school climate conducive to academic, social, and emotional learning. Interventions span in-school and out-of-school time, and include students’ families, to ensure that all students have the supports needed to be ready to learn and to develop the skills, habits, and mindsets that provide a foundation for academic and social success.

Early Playworks Implementation in Six Bay Area Elementary Schools

Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that aims to provide safe, healthy, and inclusive play and physical activity to elementary school students at recess and throughout the entire school day. This report is the first from the study of Playworks implementation in the San Francisco Bay Area conducted by the Gardner Center and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Improving the Quality and Continuity of Practice across Early Childhood Education and Elementary Community School Settings

Research shows that children experience a smoother transition into elementary school when there is coordination among schools, early childhood education programs, and families. Launched by the Coalition for Community Schools in 2009, the Early Childhood Community Schools Linkages Project supported three regions with a strong community school platform to improve the quality and continuity of practice across community school and early childhood settings (e.g., centers, providers) and systems (e.g., regional leadership, funding, and policy structures). With support from the W.K.

College Readiness Indicator System (CRIS) Resource Series

School communities across the country are working hard to comply with state and federal policies requiring that all students be prepared for success in college. Technological advances and new reporting requirements make data on students and schools more accessible than ever—but more and better data alone are not enough to meet the challenges posed by the troubling opportunity and achievement gaps that keep many students from reaching their goals after high school.

Oakland Kids First: Peers Advising Students to Succeed Implementation Study

Oakland Kids First (OKF) is a nonprofit organization that informs district-level policy regarding meaningful family and student engagement and implements youth development programs serving high-school students throughout Oakland Unified School District. Peers Advising Students to Succeed (PASS-2) is OKF’s peer academic advising program that trains older students to teach freshmen about high school graduation and college-eligibility requirements through workshops and mentoring.

Early Childhood Community Schools Linkages: Advancing a Theory of Change

In 2009, the Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership (CCS-IEL) embarked on an ambitious action research and development project, leveraging the community school system infrastructure present in three geographic regions: Tulsa, Oklahoma; Multnomah County, Oregon; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their goal was to advance research and practice around a pre K-3 approach that included strategic partnerships between the elementary community school sector and the early childhood sector.

PLUS: San Jose’s Successful Alternative Education Option

This issue brief is part of a larger study of California Continuation High Schools begun in 2007. During this phase of the study, researchers conducted in-depth site visits and data analysis at 22 continuation high school programs in three California counties from November 2009 to October 2009, interviewing students, teachers, counselors, and administrators. San Jose’s PLUS program stands out among California’s continuation high schools in its design and operation as part of a district menu of alternatives, and in its ‘school-within-a-school’ design.


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