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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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A system of support

This week, a column in the Washington Post called on local leaders to address “the hard facts of inequality” in children’s access to opportunities to learn.

The column calls for personalized schools and “systems of support” that help children focus on learning when they arrive at school.

This is particularly important given the achievement gaps that children from low-income families struggle to close.

Here at City Connects, creating systems of support and opportunity so that children can succeed academically and personally, is at the heart of what we do.

Two years ago, WGBH radio broadcast a story on City Connects, and we’re sharing it now because it brings this idea to life. Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 11/6/17

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

When it comes to kindergarten-readiness, poor children are still struggling to catch up to their wealthier peers.

Depression among young teenagers is on the rise. 

Senate Democrats have a plan to cut childhood poverty nearly in half. 

Wifi school buses create broadband Internet access for students who don’t have it at home.

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City Connects’ Community Partner Breakfast

“Finally, finally, finally, the whole child is back on the agenda and that’s very, very exciting for all of us in this room,” Mary Walsh said last week at City Connects’ annual Community Partner Breakfast.

Educators and community leaders attended the breakfast, which was held at Suffolk University Law School. The theme was “Supporting the Whole Child.”

The keynote speaker was Liz Walker, a former television news anchor and currently the Senior Pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church. She was followed by a panel discussion that featured four school and community partners who work with City Connects.

For Walsh, the breakfast was a chance to rally the troops – the teachers, the City Connects coordinators, and the community partners who provide an array of services — and explain how their work is helping Boston’s students. Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 10/30/17

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

Reversing poverty’s impact on the brain.

The Gates Foundation will invest $1.7 billion in K-12 education.

A small but growing number of states require schools to offer recess.

New data on Washington, D.C., children who have experienced trauma.

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Continuous improvement at City Connects

“We’ve been doing continuous improvement work for one and a half years,” Jessica Petrie explains. Petrie is the Continuous Improvement Specialist at City Connects.

Continuous improvement is the demanding work that boils down to two questions: How is City Connects doing? And, how can it be better?

“We are constantly learning,” says City Connects Executive Director Mary Walsh. “Continuously improving the practice allows us to identify challenges, and turn them into opportunities so that we can better serve our students, our teachers, our schools.”

Continuous Improvement: Individual Student Reviews

For City Connects, the first continuous improvement project started organically when the implementation team noticed that some schools weren’t meeting benchmarks for individual student reviews or ISRs. Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 10/23/17

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

Children who read and write at home with parents are building both literacy and life skills.

Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child points to three principles for improving children’s and families’ outcomes.

School district leaders say that early education in needed by underfunded.

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