Research Base

In 2009, the Ed Fund began engaging the community as active participants in high school reform to support School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's strategic plan, Imagine 2014.

Resource:

Schools as Centers of Community: A Citizen's Guide for Planning and Design

Steven Bingler, Linda Quinn, and Kevin Sullivan, and sponsored by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Building Educational Success Together, Council of Educational Facility Planners International, and Coalition for Community Schools.

Findings:

The learning environment should:

  • Enhance teaching and learning and accommodate the needs of all learners
  • Serve as a center of the community
  • Result from a planning and design process that involves all community interests
  • Provide for health, safety, and security
  • Should make effective use of available resources
  • Be flexible and adaptable

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