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Research highlights need for New Resume resources

How do we make sense of the difficulty employers are having when looking for workers when there are so many people unemployed or underemployed hoping to get a job? One major factor is that the online resume screening that most companies use is deleting all kinds of people who could be strong candidates if the criteria [...]

By | September 13th, 2021|Categories: Community Driven Design, Project Spotlight, Top|Tags: , |0 Comments

Equity in Action: Engaging the families of English language learners

Public agencies are on the receiving end of a lot of complaints. Some may be due to things that are within their control, but several complaints encompass larger challenges, beyond what an agency can impact with its programs and policies. As agencies grapple with how to address this negative input, often overlooked are the parts of [...]

Peer-to-peer voter educators increase online participation

Adult students at California’s library literacy programs have long been some of our most valued co-creators and collaborators in designing accessible nonpartisan election information, such as the Easy Voter Guide. Last year, the California State Library supported a refresh of the Key to Community Voter Engagement Project. Adult learner leaders from around the state came to [...]

Creating community in the time of COVID

As a mother of three daughters, ages 10 to 15, for many years Monica Cañas has been an active volunteer in Larkspur-Corte Madera School District’s Cove Elementary School and Hall Middle School in Marin County. Her sustained efforts led to her being appointed to serve on the school board in 2018. In addition to those official [...]

Prepare for the Nov. 3 election with the Easy Voter Guide

With California voters already beginning to receive their ballots by mail, many people have questions about this year’s election. The Easy Voter Guide is here to help. Designed for busy voters as well as new voters, the guide is a nonpartisan starting point to get oriented about changes in how to vote in the Nov. 3 [...]

By | October 7th, 2020|Categories: Community Driven Design, Project Spotlight, Top|0 Comments

What do community members want to know about housing?

When it comes to providing information on complex issues, such as housing, it can be hard to know where to begin. Some people seem to know a lot, some not very much and confusion feels prevalent. Click the image above to see a larger version of Half Moon Bay's housing background handout. For the [...]

Library’s fun, innovative programs encourage inclusion

Redwood City Public Library Director Derek Wolfgram and the entire RCPL leadership team are committed to inclusion.  The first of the library's five operating principles is:  "Our community is welcoming and inclusive, celebrates the diversity of our population, and enjoys a friendly, neighborly community spirit. The Redwood City Library has been using innovative programming to build relationships [...]

Finding Common Ground on Housing

Communities across California are being challenged by rising housing costs. For example, in reports about recently released data from the California Realtor’s Association, only 27% of Californians have adequate income to buy a median-priced home. That’s less than half the 56% peak rate in the first quarter of 2012. In California’s San Mateo County, the rate [...]

By | November 19th, 2018|Categories: Community Driven Design|Tags: , |0 Comments

New Tools to Navigate the News

Common Knowledge was pleased to partner with the Pacific Library Partnership (PLP) to help design the recently launched News Literacy Toolkit with resources for librarians as well as the community at large. The array of free materials was developed with a multi-level “community-driven design” approach that began with a survey and regional forum of library leaders [...]

By | November 19th, 2018|Categories: Community Driven Design|Tags: , |0 Comments

An Update on The New Resume Project

More and more jobs are advertised online and computers are screening the resumes. Creating a resume that gets read and noticed is hard for anyone and can be especially challenging for adult literacy students. Research by the U.S. Department of Education indicates that nearly 25 percent of adults in California struggle with basic literacy skills. For [...]