The Weekly Connect 10/15/18

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

Are students getting too much homework — or too little?

All 50 states as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., have turned in their plans for ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act).

San Antonio is integrating its schools by income.

Social/emotional learning in Chicago.

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The Weekly Connect 10/8/18

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

Students who attend City Connects elementary schools have lower high school dropout rates than students who do not.

The Trump administration invests $71.5 billion in the U.S. Department of Education.

Trauma-informed schools and clinics help students cope with disasters and toxic stress.

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The Weekly Connect 10/1/18

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

Providing mentors for new teachers helps boost their students’ math scores. 

A bill in Congress would address the shortage of teachers who work with English language learners

In San Antonio, Tex., school Superintendent Pedro Martinez is conducting a radical school integration experiment.

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The Weekly Connect 9/24/18

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

Summer camps raise reading levels for Tennessee children.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calls for more civics education.

National poverty rate rises among young children, especially children of color.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is investing $2 billion to help homeless families and develop new preschool programs.

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City Connects weaves webs of support in Salem

 

City Connects’ first year of work in Salem, Mass., is already getting national attention. A recent article in Education Week looked at Salem’s citywide effort to promote students’ success, in partnership with By All Means, an initiative led by the Education Redesign Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A key part of this effort is Salem’s work with City Connects.

Last September, City Connects launched in all eight of Salem’s K-8 schools. This is the first example of citywide implementation of City Connects, and at this one year mark, we want to share three takeaways. Students benefit from:

  • having access to citywide opportunities
  • relying on stronger connections between their families, schools, and communities; and
  • being supported by a web of care

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The Weekly Connect 9/17/18

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

Salem, Mass., is using the City Connects model to close achievement gaps in all of the city’s pre-K-8 schools.

The Center for American Progress creates early learning fact sheets for all 50 states.

Census figures show small declines in the poverty rate.

How some school districts are helping foster children thrive.

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The Weekly Connect 9/10/18

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

A new study suggests that New York state should increase its per-pupil spending.

Colorado voters will get to weigh in on a ballot initiative that would raise taxes to fund full-day kindergarten, special education, English proficiency, and preschool.

Facing a teacher shortage, Oklahoma is licensing hundreds of under-qualified teachers.

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The Weekly Connect 9/3/18

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

Depressed students are more likely to have skills deficits.

The Gates Foundation is distributing more than $90 million in grants to improve schools.

Superintendents are concerned about how to prepare students to be engaged citizens.

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