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    Teach the children: need help with "Planner in School" program

    Hello:
    I need to assemble a program that area planners can take into chools. I have worked before with Kid City. Please tell me of good programs that you are familiar with. I hope to find something whole that can just have a local twist put on it.
    Derek Chisholm AICP
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    derek.chisholm (at) clark.wa.gov

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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
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    I donít remember the program, but there was a guy who was explaining planning to kids, and had them make a massive land use map of the city. He had printed out a few street maps in sections, but on a very large scale.

    He also had stickers with the logos of several business and ordinations that he placed on the map, and hand the kids try to figure out the land for that area. He found that this hands-on practical method helped the kids to better related to what planning was all about.

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    Urban Land Institute

    The Urban Land Institute has a program they have used in LA and some other places called UrbanPlan. Its a curriculum designed to make people see all sides of a planning issue - from the developer to the neighbor to the planner to the Mayor. It seems fairly unbiased although some planners may not agree. The drawback is that it takes money to implement it- but it might be worth looking into for some ideas:

    http://www.urbanplan.org/UP_Home/UP_Home_fst.html


    Quote Originally posted by Derek
    Hello:
    I need to assemble a program that area planners can take into chools. I have worked before with Kid City. Please tell me of good programs that you are familiar with. I hope to find something whole that can just have a local twist put on it.
    Derek Chisholm AICP
    360-397-2375 (4909)

    derek.chisholm (at) clark.wa.gov

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    (Dan) Spambots regularly crawl Web sites looking for e-mail addresses. I munged the e-mail address, so you don't get more spam by posting here; it's human readable, but a spambot won't recognize it.

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    You might want to take a look at your state's academic standards, probably Civics, Social Studies, Environment and Ecology, and Geography. They will give you a place to start, and the teachers will be more inclined to use your lessons if they meet state standards.

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    Cyburbian donk's avatar
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    You might want to check out this from the CIP.

    http://www.cip-icu.ca/English/institute/cip_kg.PDF
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Planning for Kids

    Some good books and guides out there...

    APA: Youth Participation in Community Planning (PAS Report 486)

    Public Information Guide IX: Teaching kids about planning

    There is also an article about some planners in Nevada that run a program as well

    Check out the The Western Planner
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    Cyburbian nerudite's avatar
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    I know this is an older thread, but it seems like we all go and do the school lecture thing from time to time, and I just ran across a website with lots of tools.

    Link to Scenic America's web list of Kid-oriented planning programs.

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