Schools as Centers of Community: John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary School

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The American Architectural Foundation (AAF) and KnowledgeWorks Foundation have partnered to create a video case study and discussion guide that will educate local leaders and residents about the benefits of creating “Schools as Centers of Community.”

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  • PRESENTED BY:

    American Architectural Foundation

    KnowledgeWorksFoundation

    Schools as Centers of CommunityJOHN A. JOHNSON ACHIEVEMENT PLUS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLST. PAUL, MINNESOTA

    VIDEO ANDDISCUSSION GUIDE

  • AMERICAN ARCHITECTURAL FOUNDATIONThe American Architectural Foundation (AAF) is a national nonprofit organization that

    seeks to educate individuals and community leaders about the power of architecture

    to transform lives and improve the places where we live, learn, work, and play.

    Through numerous outreach programs, grants, and educational resources, the AAF

    inspires people to become thoughtful and engaged stewards of the built environment.

    AAFs Great Schools by Design initiative aims to improve the quality of Americas

    schools by promoting good design, encouraging collaboration in the design process,

    and providing leading-edge resources that empower schools and communities to

    transform themselves. At AAF, we seek to make individuals and communities aware of

    their vital role in shaping the world around them. For more information, please visit us

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    KNOWLEDGEWORKS FOUNDATIONKnowledgeWorks Foundation is committed to furthering universal access to high-

    quality educational opportunities for individuals to achieve success and for the

    betterment of society. The Foundation seeks to increase the number and diversity of

    people who value and access education, by creating and improving educational

    opportunity at pre-kindergarten through high school and post-high school institutions

    and through community organizations.

    In Ohio and across the nation, billions of dollars are being spent on the rebuilding of

    our nations public schools. KnowledgeWorks Foundation recognizes this investment as

    a tremendous opportunity to re-connect the public with public schools to bring a

    diverse group of stakeholders to the table to consider the relationship between the

    new schools and their communities. As community members discuss how the school

    can serve as a center of community and how the community can further the mission

    of the school, KnowledgeWorks Foundation believes that such conversations will lead

    to more effective schools and healthier neighborhoods. For more information, please

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  • VIDEO ANDDISCUSSION GUIDE

    Schools as Centers of CommunityJOHN A. JOHNSON ACHIEVEMENT PLUS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLST. PAUL, MINNESOTA

    PRESENTED BY:

    American Architectural Foundation

    KnowledgeWorks Foundation

  • To the Participants:

    This Discussion Guide and the enclosed video are designed to engage you and the members of

    your community in a constructive, meaningful dialogue on the importance of good school design

    and the ways 21st century schools can become centers of their communities. We hope these

    educational materials will motivate citizens to think about the important connection between

    schools and communities in a new way.

    The Guide accompanies an inspiring video case study filmed at the John A. Johnson Achievement

    Plus Elementary School in St. Paul, Minnesota. John A. Johnson was chosen because it is an exemplary

    center of community that illustrates the following successful outcomes:

    Improved student learning

    School effectiveness

    Family engagement

    Community vitality

    This Discussion Guide is designed to be informal, user-friendly, and interactive. We encourage

    you to adapt this material to your own needs, environment, and particular group of participants.

    Youll find useful tips for setting up constructive conversations, even for those of you who are

    not experienced facilitators.

    Our goals, as sponsors of this video presentation and Discussion Guide, are to expand the dialogue

    over school design, to include diverse stakeholders in your communities, and to promote a spirit of

    inclusion, innovation, and shared success.

    We wish you success in your conversations, and hope that you regard your experience with the John

    A. Johnson story as a first step toward a more informed involvement in the future of your schools

    and communities.

    Thank you for your dedication to improving the quality of Americas schools and communities.

    Ronald E. Bogle, President and CEO Chad P. Wick, President and CEO

    American Architectural Foundation KnowledgeWorks Foundation

    1799 New York Avenue NW | Washington, DC 2OOO6 | 2O2.626.7318 | Fax 2O2.626.742O | info@archfoundation.org | www.archfoundation.org

  • TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTION

    Using the Video and Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    Schools as Centers of Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    PLANNING AND PREPARATION

    The Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

    Facilities and Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

    The John A. Johnson Achievement Plus

    Elementary School Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

    THE DISCUSSION

    Suggested Outline and Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

    FOLLOWING THE DISCUSSION

    Assessing the Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

    Additional Topics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

    Resources and Citations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

    FACILITATING EFFECTIVELY

    Using Video as a Discussion Tool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

    Stimulating an Effective Discussion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    Ground Rules, Tips, and Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

    VIDEO

    John A. Johnson Achievement Plus

    Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . inside back cover

  • YOUR NOTES

  • Using the Video and GuideThis Discussion Guide is meant to be used with the video Schools as Centers of

    Community: John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary School, which is

    included in a sleeve at the back of this booklet. The Guide is meant to give

    you some suggestions for creating effective discussions, but should be adapted

    to suit your own needs, issues, and experiences. You are encouraged to

    interact with the Guide by writing down notes and comments in it as you read.

    This Guide is divided into several sections:

    PLANNING AND PREPARATION helps you set up the discussion

    environment itself and bring the right tools to facilitate a lively, focused

    discussion; it also gives you a brief overview of the John A. Johnson

    Achievement Plus Elementary School story portrayed in the video.

    THE DISCUSSION provides suggestions and questions to help promote

    interaction and participation on the subject of schools as centers of

    community; gives you suggestions on how to effectively formulate next

    steps during your discussion.

    FOLLOWING THE DISCUSSION helps you assess the results of your discussion

    and how you might continue the dialogue in your community; offers additional

    topics that may be relevant to your own group, as well as additional resources.

    FACILITATING EFFECTIVELY offers useful, practical tips for presenting and

    using the video as a discussion tool; presents techniques for stimulating an

    effective discussion, setting ground rules to keep discussions on track, and

    troubleshooting if participants begin to lose focus.

    It is our hope that this discussion guide serves as a starting point for a series

    of community conversations on schools as centers of community. It is ideal for

    anyone who is interested in:

    Engaging the public in the process of planning and designing new or renovated school facilities

    3GREAT SCHOOLS BY DESIGN: Schools as Centers of Community

    INTRODUCTION

  • Creating ways to use community resources and services more effectively

    Enhancing the relationship between schools and communities

    Learning more about leading-edge thinking in school design

    The John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary School video and this

    Discussion Guide are intended to be used in a variety of settings and for a variety

    of audiences. As a discussion leader, you might choose to share this video with the

    local school board, the PTA, the city council, a group of teachers, the local Rotary

    or Kiwanis clubs, a book club, a church group, or any group of community mem-

    bers. You might also think about public events where the video could help raise

    awareness in your community, such as a school festival or committee meeting.

    There is a good chance that you will find people in your community who

    want to participate in creating a school that serves as the hub of the

    community. You should schedule additional meetings where you can brain-

    storm and address key issues in more detail. Refer to the Additional Topics,

    Resources, and Facilitating Effectively sections at the back of this Guide for

    specific suggestions on how to continue the conversation.

    GREAT SCHOOLS BY DESIGN: Schools as Centers of Community4

    INTRODUCTION

    Schools as Centers of Community are being created across the Un

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