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Geiser, Kristin – John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, 2021
In 2015, College Futures Foundation launched the Community Philanthropy for Student Success Initiative (CPI) to engage a cohort of community foundations across California as partners and leaders in reducing statewide disparities in college completion rates. Through CPI, College Futures endeavored to build the capacity of participating foundations…
Descriptors: Philanthropic Foundations, Partnerships in Education, Graduation Rate, Scholarships
Kellner, Steven – John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, 2021
La Sierra Charter School was established in 2000 in an effort to provide a tuition-free school of choice for students who were not experiencing success within the local public schools, yet remained committed to "honor, leadership, postsecondary ambition, and service" (Tulare County Office of Education, 2020). La Sierra's programs are…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Nontraditional Education, Individualized Education Programs, Counties
Guzman, Javier – John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, 2021
Big Picture Learning's Upstream Collaborative is a professional learning community of continuation high schools, community day schools, and other alternative schools throughout California and Washington State. School leaders in the collaborative receive coaching, professional development, and practical support to develop learner-centered,…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Transformative Learning, Nontraditional Education, High School Students
Newman, Elizabeth; Sipes, Laurel – John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, 2020
Many students face unique and significant obstacles as they pursue postsecondary degrees, including the navigation of two complex systems: higher education and financial aid. Given the importance and complexity of the issues, multiple stakeholders, including philanthropists and researchers, have dedicated resources to understanding and improving…
Descriptors: Barriers, Access to Education, Higher Education, Student Financial Aid
Newman, Elizabeth; Sipes, Laurel – John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, 2020
In 2015, College Futures Foundation brought together seven community foundations, centering the goal of transitioning traditional, merit-based scholarship programs to a more strategic, need-based approach. College Futures envisioned this transition as a vehicle to improve college completion rates for low-income, first generation students, seeking…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Attainment, Higher Education, Scholarships
Tognozzi, Nicole; Pyne, Jaymes – John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, 2020
In 2018, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative engaged the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University (Gardner Center) to partner with public school districts in San Mateo County, CA to examine the barriers to educational success that homeless and highly mobile students face. Given the increasing prevalence of…
Descriptors: Housing, Homeless People, Public Schools, Barriers
John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, 2020
This report summarizes the deliberations and recommendations of the California Advisory Task Force on Alternative Schools (Task Force). The Task Force is a public service project of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities at Stanford University and is convened in collaboration with the California Department of Education (CDE). A…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, Public Schools, Accountability, Advisory Committees
John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, 2020
Located in East Oakland, Bridges Academy serves nearly 430 students, the majority of whom are Spanish speakers. Students who are considered socio-economically disadvantaged comprise 98% of the population and English Learners make up 83%. The school also hosts one of Oakland Unified School District's (OUSD) bilingual programs. In 2016, Bridges…
Descriptors: School Districts, Spanish Speaking, Low Income Groups, Student Centered Learning
John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, 2020
This brief draws on interviews with school principals, community school managers (CSMs), and district leaders in two community schools and focused on school improvement efforts based on Oakland Unified School District's (OUSD) full-service community schools model (FSCS). New Highland RISE Community Elementary School (RISE Community) and Elmhurst…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, School Districts, Administrator Attitudes, Principals
John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, 2020
When Principal Natasha Moore saw the application for Community School funding from Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) during her first year as principal at REACH Academy, she jumped on the opportunity to apply. East Oakland's REACH Academy serves a student body of just under 400, and is co-located with Cox Academy, a charter school.…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Community Schools, School Community Relationship
Fehrer, Kendra; Gerstein, Amy – John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, 2019
Over the years, Sanger Unified School District (SUSD) has been engaged in rigorous efforts to improve student outcomes through instructional and organizational innovations--for example, Universal Design for Learning and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). While these efforts have facilitated important gains in student outcomes, schools…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Innovation, Family Involvement, Agency Cooperation
Geiser, Kristin; Fehrer, Kendra; Pyne, Jaymes; Gerstein, Amy; Harrison, Vicki; Joshi, Shashank – John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, 2019
According to national indicators of adolescent health and well-being, the most significant health issues young people face are related to mental health. In San Mateo County, a recent report on adolescent health frames the prevalence of mental health needs among public school students as "staggering." Both locally and nationally, schools…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Health, Well Being, Mental Health
Geiser, Kristin; Fehrer, Kendra; Pyne, Jaymes; Gerstein, Amy; Harrison, Vicki; Joshi, Shashank – John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, 2019
According to national indicators of adolescent health and well-being, mental health is one of the most significant health issues young people face. Since mental health is linked to other aspects of health and well-being, undiagnosed and untreated mental health conditions can negatively impact a young person's social-emotional health, academic…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Health, Well Being, Mental Health
Ruiz de Velasco, Jorge – John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, 2019
The Oakland Unified Schools District's (OUSD) strategic plan commits to ensuring that "every student is able to attend a quality school in their neighborhood (OUSD, 2015)." To operationalize this goal, a growing number of OUSD schools are supported to implement community school strategies. This brief describes organizational outcomes,…
Descriptors: School Districts, Community Schools, Outcomes of Education, Educational Change
Tognozzi, Nicole; Fehrer, Kendra – John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, 2019
The Community School Manager (CSM) in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) integrates a school's partnership work with its academic mission. The CSM collaborates with principals to: (1) identify school goals; (2) align partners and resources to those goals; and (3) build relationships with families, students, and the community. At mature OUSD…
Descriptors: School Districts, Community Schools, Outcomes of Education, Educational Change
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