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Moving planning into the classroom


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This presentation was originally given on December 7th, 2012 as part of the APA webcast series.

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Moving planning into the classroom

  1. 1. Moving Planning Intothe ClassroomTiffany R. RobinsonChair, APA-NJ Ethnic &Cultural Diversity CommitteeAPA Planning Webinar SeriesDiverse, or Not Diverse? ThatIs the Question…for thePlanning ProfessionDecember 7th, 2012
  2. 2. My Volunteer Teaching Experience1. Citizens School Volunteer Teacher, Spring 20112. Volunteer Teacher for the APA-NJ Community Planning Assistance Program (CPAP), Spring 2012
  3. 3. Citizen Schools• Nationally recognized Afterschool Program in low-income middle schools• Educating children, strengthening communities• 31 campuses, 8 States, 4500 students, 4,000 2nd Shift volunteers
  4. 4. Citizen Schools
  5. 5. Citizen Schools
  6. 6. Neighborhood NavigatorsWhat We Learned,What We Did, and What We Found
  7. 7. What We Learned• Who Planners are and what they do• Walkable Communities• Benefits of Walking and Biking• How to conduct a walkability assessment• Collecting mapping & census information• Ways to present our case – written, verbally, and in pictures• The process and decision-makers in their community
  8. 8. What We LearnedThe Goals of the NJ Safe Route to School Program
  9. 9. What We LearnedIvy Hill already has a Safe Routes to School Plan
  10. 10. What We LearnedThe way a street is designed influences how peopledrive 1 2 3 Which street has a speeding problem?
  11. 11. What We LearnedCrosswalks are provided to tell pedestrians where tocross and to tell drivers where to expect pedestrians
  12. 12. What We LearnedHow Local Government Works
  13. 13. What We DidWe tested our Traffic Safety knowledge
  14. 14. What We DidWe tested our Traffic Safety knowledge
  15. 15. What We DidWe talked about our vision for the communityand voted on the things we want to see
  16. 16. What We DidWe learned about transportation and the varioustransportation modes
  17. 17. What We DidLooked at Census Data for the area
  18. 18. What We DidA Walkability Assessment of Our SchoolNeighborhood
  19. 19. Start and finish here
  20. 20. What We DidTalked about how to redesign the school playground
  21. 21. What We DidTalked about the best location for bike parking aroundthe school
  22. 22. What We DidTalked to our principal about bike parking
  23. 23. What We FoundCommunity conditions make it hard to walk
  24. 24. What We Found Our crosswalks aren’t as visible as other schools in the areaIvy Hill school zone crosswalk at Ivy Street and Lincoln School school zone crosswalk at RichelieuRichelieu Terrace Terrace and Cameron Road
  25. 25. What We FoundWe need more green and less litter!
  26. 26. What We FoundWe feel uncomfortable walking where we see ganggraffiti
  27. 27. What We Found Watch were you walk…
  28. 28. WOW!
  29. 29. WOW! NEIGHBORHOOD NAVIGATOR’S PLEDGE THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT I,__________________________________________________, have successfully completed the Neighborhood Navigators Apprenticeship. I have a better understanding of communities and how Planning can help shape a community’s vision for the future. I will use my knowledge to encourage others to create a healthy and active school neighborhood where it is safe and convenient to walk, bike or play. I will take pride in the role that I play in making a difference in my school community and the greater community of Newark.
  30. 30. WOW!
  31. 31. The After-MathDid you really have an influence?
  32. 32. What I Learned You’re so• Students can Goth.very be candid in their thoughts and impressions Me?“You actually know whatGoth? you’re talking about” Really??!!• They like powerpoints and doing hands-on exercise• When you think they’re not paying attention, they are…TO EVERYTHING
  33. 33. The Impact on the Students
  34. 34. The New Playground
  35. 35. The New PlaygroundTransformed from this to…
  36. 36. The New PlaygroundThis…
  37. 37. Thank You For Listening!
  38. 38. Contact MeTiffany R. RobinsonChair, APA-NJ Ethnic & Cultural DiversityCommitteeecdc.nj@gmail.com /pages/Planning for Ethnic & Cultural Diversity Committee @APA_NJ_ECDC