Community Use

Title Abstract Publication Date
21st Century Community Learning Centers: Providing Quality Afterschool Learning Opportunities for America's Families Describes the 21st Century Community Learning Center program, authorized under Title X, Part I, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, to help families and communities keep their children... 08/31/2000
A Citizen's Action Guide, National Symposium on School Design: Schools as Centers of Community. This draft publication outlines a strategy for creating community schools. It addresses how community schools can help meet some challenges of creating learning environments, and outlines a process... 10/04/1998
A College in the City: An Alternative. Presents a new way of looking at the urban university. It describes the planning effort for a nonconventional college in the poor urban community of Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant section. This... 02/28/1969
A Concerned Citizen's Guide to Community School Centers. Organized as a series of responses to questions about characteristics of community school centers, how the coordinated services work, shared space, governance, financing, planning, examples of... 12/31/1977
A Look at Community Schools. Provides an overview of community school strategies in the United States and how community schools can decrease poverty's detrimental effect on students. The report highlights the examples where... 09/30/2009
A New Strategy for Building Better Neighborhoods. Presents a community redevelopment model that proposes partnering with an intermediary organization to engage in predevelopment project planning that leverages bond financing for a variety of... 09/30/2002
A New Urbanist Model of Learning. Profiles the Walker Creek Elementary School in North Richland Hills, Texas. The new school in a new residential development is conceived as a community center, and features outdoor learning areas,... 05/31/2007
A Place of Their Own: Designing Quality Spaces for Out-of- School Time. This video, and the accompanying implementation guide, provides information on how to improve existing space or build a new facility, suggestions for designing space to meet the safety, comfort, and... 12/31/1999
A Resource Book on Community School Centers. Presents a compendium of resources for planning community school centers which includes 1) recent literature on community school centers and interagency cooperation, reference books, catalogues,... 01/31/1979
A Successful Partnership. Profiles Portland, Oregon's Rosa Parks School, including an overview of the school's design, educational and community program, and numerous green features. 12/31/2007
A Team Effort. Reviews recent successes in the construciton of community schools and notes administrative and funding obstacles to a more widespread community schools movement. 06/30/2009
After School Collaboration: When it Works - Why it Works - A Literature Review. This is a comprehensive review of literature that specifically addresses what makes an effective, successful after-school collaboration between community-based organizations and schools. 12/31/2000
After-Hours Use of Schools. Describes current practices for after-hours use of schools in selected European countries, Canada, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Among the practices include public use of school... 05/31/1999
Afterschool.gov Sponsored by the Interagency Executive Oversight Committee, this is a one-stop website to federal resources that support children and youth during out-of-school hours. Includes information on running...
All Together Now. Children learn best when their basic needs -- including food, shelter, and clothing -- are met and when their families are free from worry about employment, housing, health, and child care. Full-... 02/29/2004
All Together Now: Sharing Responsibility for the Whole Child. Promotes the community school as a primary vehicle to address the needs of the whole child, emphasizing the convergence of expertise from educational and community institutions. Case studies of co-... 06/30/2006
Alternative Use of K-12 School Buildings: Opportunities for Expanded Uses. This report examines the underutilization of K-12 school facilities and the advantages and disadvantages in expanding K- 12 school facilities beyond a 7-hour weekday. It concludes that the benefits... 12/31/1999
An Educational Magnet. Public Involvement Creates a Community Gem The design of a major new school is a rare event in the life of a community. In many places, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Describes how the community and educators in Westbrook, Maine took... 09/30/2011
And There's Pandemonium on the Field! Describes how a Plainfield (Indiana) middle school got parents and students more involved in their school through widespread participation in sports. Handling the costs associated with widespread... 12/31/1998
Arne Duncan on Community Schools. Presents an interview with U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, promoting the concept of schools as centers of community, with emphasis on keeping school buildings open for extended hours and... 12/31/2008
Auditoriums and Performance Spaces: Planning Flexible Spaces for Students and Communities. Discusses the steps in preparing performance space in schools that can serve both students and the community, including its shape, the stage, and storage. Reducing background noise and considerations... 03/31/2000
Avoiding Past Mistakes. Advises on how to utilize school buildings in an environment of declining enrollment, without repeating the past mistake of abandoning, selling, or converting school property to other uses. 11/30/2009
Balancing Innovation and Cost in Facility Planning. Profiles two joint use endeavors. The first is in Mason, Ohio, where a high school and community center share a site, yielding shared athletic facilities. The second is in Juneau, Alaska, where a... 04/30/2006
Beating the High Cost of Libraries. A number of library projects show the cost-effectiveness of sharing space in buildings. Six tables provide statistics for new academic and public library buildings; additions and renovations;... 11/30/1996
Better Schools For a New Century. Highlights portions of the Better Schools for a New Century conference, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects. Includes a speech on learning environments for the 21st century by Anne... 04/18/1999

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