“We are getting services to kids faster and more intentionally than we were before,” Program Manager Jennifer Bronson says of how City Connects is working in Hamilton County, Tenn., home to a socio-economically diverse group of students in Chattanooga and surrounding suburban and rural areas. “We are being deliberate.”
This is a story of how City Connects, which launched in eight county schools last September, is generating data and information that help schools understand students’ needs and meet them.
Because of a community effort calledChattanooga 2.0, the region was already looking at workforce and education challenges. This led to joiningBy All Means, a program run by the Education Redesign Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) that helps close educational achievement gaps.Continue reading →
Across the country, there are student opportunity gaps that — the evidence shows — City Connects can help close.
We were reminded of the depth of these gaps late last year, when the U.S. Department of Education released“The Nation’s Report Card.”The report card shares the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, (the NAEP test) which is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics.
And, unfortunately, the NAEP scores are troubling.
“America’s fourth and eighth graders are losing ground in their ability to read literature and academic texts,”the New York Times reports. “Two out of three children did not meet the standards for reading proficiency.”Continue reading →
In 2010, City Connects launched in Springfield, Mass., and since then we’ve seen a decade of strong growth in the city.
We recently shared this progress at a meeting of the Springfield Public Schools’School Committee.
“City Connects and Springfield have a strong partnership,” Anastasia Raczek says. She is the Associate Director of Research & Evaluation at the Center for Optimized Student Support, where City Connects is based. The center is part of Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development.
“City Connects’ growth in Springfield from implementation at a small scale into a districtwide solution offers a model for other districts considering how to address the non-academic and out-of-school needs of their students.”Continue reading →