The Weekly Connect 1/15/18

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

Feedback given to teachers and principals may help boost students’ math achievement.

School-based telemedicine helps students with asthma.

Educational issues on Congress’ to-do list.

Some teachers think changes to school-discipline policies are happening too quickly.

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Sharing what we’re learning: How we can help immigrant students succeed

At City Connects, we always share what we’re learning. It’s a vital way to promote student success.

Last month, Eric Dearing participated in a webinar on immigrant children, sharing what we know about their outcomes. (He starts speaking at the 35:43-minute mark.) Dearing is a professor at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and an independent researcher who has assessed City Connects’ impact.

We know that many first-generation immigrant children who are new to the country face challenges. Dearing explained during the webinar, which was hosted by the Foundation for Child Development. Poverty presents “multi-pronged risks for immigrant children at nearly every level of context in which their lives are embedded.. whether we’re talking about neighborhoods or the schools or the families or the homes in which they are living.” Many of these students can also struggle in school because they are also English Language Learners. Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 1/8/18

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

Principal lack the early education expertise they need to manage the expansion of pre-K programs.

Chemistry isn’t offered in 3 of 5 secondary schools nationally.

How education programs and policies will fare in Washington next year.

A Seattle nonprofit boosts foster children’s high school graduation rates.

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A national study finds evidence that Integrated Student Supports can have long-term benefits for children

Here at City Connects, we know that providing students with services — such as tutoring, housing, and medical care — helps them succeed in school because we have the data.

Nationally, Child Trends, a nonprofit research organization, has taken look at integrated student supports (ISS)  — a school-based approach to promoting academic success by providing support for the whole child to addresses academic and nonacademic barriers to achievement —  and found a growing evidence base.

As Child Trends explains in its new report — “Making the Grade: A Progress Report and Next Steps for Integrated Student Supports” — integrated services help children and families and “further our nation’s collective efforts to close education opportunity gaps, raise graduation rates, and better compete on the international stage.”

In 2014, Child Trends did an earlier evaluation of integrated support programs and found that the evidence base was still “emerging.”

In 2015, the federal Every Student Succeeds Act explicitly encouraged schools to provide integrated services, a first-time event in federal lawmaking. Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 12/26/17

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

Teachers are coping with education reform.

How the new federal tax law will impact education.

New York State requires mental health instruction for all grades.

Success at high-poverty schools.

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The Giving Tree

City Connects Coordinator Erika Griffin spotted a holiday problem. She realized that a community partner who had provided gifts for needy children in the past could no longer do so.

To meet this need, Griffin reached out to a friend who helped ensure that a “Giving Tree” was placed in the financial aid department at Salem State College. The tree is made of tags that are each marked with the age and gender of a child in Salem’s public schools. Within a few days, Salem State staff members had chosen a tag and bought gifts for all the children.

Holiday problem solved.

This is just one of the many heart-warming ways that City Connects and our community partners work together to make sure students receive winter gear, books, and toys during the holiday season.

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Enjoy the holidays! The blog will be back in January.

The Weekly Connect 12/18/17

Here’s the new edition of The Weekly Connect. Check it out and sign up to have it delivered to your inbox!

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

Children who are no longer homeless continue to do as poorly on state tests as their peers who continue to be homeless.

A long-range study says pre-school is paying off in Tulsa, Okla.

The deadline has passed, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which protects 9 million low-income children, still hasn’t received funding from Congress.

Charts and graphics drawn from this year’s research studies highlight issues and challenges in education.

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Community partnerships bring beds to Springfield

Sometimes our community partners are single organizations, the YMCA or a college that provides tutors.

Other times we work with community teams. That’s the story in western Massachusetts where Stephanie Sanabria, a City Connects Coordinator in Springfield’s public schools, helps children get beds.

Students who are homeless often don’t have a safe, clean, place to sleep. They may have lost everything in a fire or lost an apartment for economic reasons. Once they do have a place to stay, however, giving them a bed can make a substantial, positive difference.

As we blogged last spring, Sanabria works with the local credit unions to raise funding for a Bed for Every Child, a program run by the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.

More recently, in October, new beds were delivered to Springfield where they were received by a number of local leaders, including Sanabria as well as Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Azell Cavaan, Chief Communications Officer of Springfield Public Schools, and a number of credit union CEOs and staff members.

City Connects makes these kinds of community partnerships more powerful by identifying children in need and connecting them to the resources that community partners provide. And when Sanabria connects a child to a bed, she also connects them to other needed resources and services such as food, clothing, and other assistance. Continue reading