The Weekly Connect 12/17/18

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

How stress affects students’ performance on state tests.

Under ESSA, more than a quarter of schools could be flagged as being In Need of Improvement.

The complex jobs of school principals in rural areas.

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The Weekly Connect 12/10/18

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

Building trauma-sensitive classrooms.

A new grant program looks at the usefulness of school safety programs.

The country faces a shortage of special education teachers.

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The Weekly Connect 12/3/18

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

School counselors can have a positive impact, but in Massachusetts their caseloads are too large.

Some states are using ESSA to embrace arts education.

A study finds that the number of children who lack health insurance has grown.

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A national conversation on integrated student support

Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-Seattle) and Representative Robert Behning (R-Indianapolis)

In schools across the country, students face barriers that make it tough for them to thrive in school, to do well academically, socially, and emotionally. One student could be hungry. Another might need a winter coat. A third may have witnessed violence on the street or at home. A fourth might need a tutor. A fifth might be struggling to learn English.

The list goes on, and no one school can meet all these needs on its own.

Mary Walsh

“We need a comprehensive approach,” Mary Walsh said at this month’s conference “Building Systems for Student Success: When Academics are Not Enough,” the first national conversation about the cutting edge science, practice, and policy of providing integrated student support.

Walsh is the Director of the Center for Optimized Student Support, (COSS) part of Boston College’s Lynch School of Education, which co-hosted the conference with the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy. The COSS also houses City Connects.

That comprehensive approach, Walsh explained, means meeting the needs of the whole child by providing integrated student support, which COSS defines as “a comprehensive, coordinated and school-based effort to connect students to specific district supports, enrichments and services.” Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 11/26/18

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

Difficulties in kindergarten may predict later academic struggles.

How state leaders can change their ESSA plans.

Segregated schools persist in many U.S. cities.

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The Weekly Connect 11/19/18

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

Having one black teacher can improve black students’ chances of going to college.

Should childhood trauma be treated as a public health crisis?

In New York, a focus on house could lead to more diverse schools.

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The Weekly Connect 11/12/18

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

Teachers are grappling with how the opioid crisis impacts students.

The U.S. Department of Education has published a new report on rural education.

Nearly 30 percent of teachers are chronically absent.

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The Weekly Connect 11/5/18

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

Racism can affect young children’s mental health.

Lack of Internet access makes it tough for some teenagers to do homework.

New York City hires 100 coordinators to work with the city’s growing population of homeless students.

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