The Weekly Connect 1/22/18

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

Most states don’t require pediatric screening for common health issues.

Chronic illness may trigger mental health issues.

Three-quarters of public school spending cuts made since 2009 have been restored.

The U.S. Civil Rights Commission finds that schools are “profoundly unequal.”

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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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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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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 Weekly Connect 12/18/17

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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

The Weekly Connect 12/11/17

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

Child Trends looks at integrated student supports.

Student teachers who have more multicultural awareness spur greater student success.

How the Senate’s tax bill would affect schools.

Some school districts promote faster growth in test score gains despite the effects of poverty; Chicago is one example.

Graduation rates rise across the country.

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The Weekly Connect 12/4/17

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

Research finds that early education has long-lasting benefits.

Higher levels of physical fitness can improve students’ brain architecture.

How changes to federal tax laws could impact schools.

Cities and counties focus on kindergarten readiness.

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