The Weekly Connect 12/11/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

Child Trends looks at integrated student supports.

Student teachers who have more multicultural awareness spur greater student success.

How the Senate’s tax bill would affect schools.

Some school districts promote faster growth in test score gains despite the effects of poverty; Chicago is one example.

Graduation rates rise across the country.

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City Connects is recognized for its impact

We are happy to announce that Results for America, a national nonprofit, has added Mary Walsh and City Connects to its Moneyball for Government Team, a list of leaders and organizations that are using data to solve problems.

Sports fans know that “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” is a book by Michael Lewis. It tells the stories of how the Oakland A’s, a baseball team with a limited budget, gave up on conventional wisdom and started using a statistical approach to evaluate and recruit players. Data, in other words, helped the A’s become a better team and win games.

In the same vein, Results for America uses its “Moneyball for Government” designation to encourage “governments at all levels to increase their use of evidence and data when investing limited taxpayer dollars. By playing Moneyball, we can improve outcomes for young people, their families and communities.” Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 12/4/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

Research finds that early education has long-lasting benefits.

Higher levels of physical fitness can improve students’ brain architecture.

How changes to federal tax laws could impact schools.

Cities and counties focus on kindergarten readiness.

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Helping students who have fled the aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico is rebuilding after the devastating effect of Hurricane Maria – and across the country, cities and states are welcoming the students who have left the island.

City Connects coordinators are working hard to welcome these students and meet their needs to make it a little easier for them to focus on school. Especially in Massachusetts, a state that’s getting an influx of students.

“More than 300 school-aged children from Puerto Rico are now living in Massachusetts, according to Jacqueline Reis, spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education,” the Salem News reported last month.

Five students were studying in Salem’s public schools “where Superintendent Margarita Ruiz said she and other school officials were ready to welcome the students with backpacks full of supplies and other services they may need. Another three are on their way.” Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving…

…from City Connects!

The Weekly Connect 11/20/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

Boys read better when there are more girls in their class.

GOP tax plans could affect school funding.

Salem, Mass., tackles the achievement gap.

Chicago schools lead in academic growth.

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Watch this

 

We’re proud to share one of our videos on how City Connects works. Principals, community partners, and City Connects staff all help tell the story of meeting students nonacademic needs to help them thrive in school.

“We’ve been able to transition from a school in crisis to a stable school focusing on literacy thanks to the support from City Connects.”
– Mike Sabin, Former Principal, the John W. McCormack Middle School in Boston

“Just in the last two months, we provided a new pair of shoes to each of our children and a new winter coat. For impoverished families, it’s a big deal.”
– Robert Kordenbrock, Red Oak After School Program, Boston-Chinatown Neighborhood Center Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 11/13/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

Principals like social-emotional learning, but schools are struggling to implement the practice.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is shrinking the Department of Education.

Low income families struggle to cover child care costs.

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