Making connections in Poughkeepsie

City Connects has launched in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., a small city with local challenges and rich cultural resources it is eager to share with its students. 

Joining Salem, Mass., and other cities, Poughkeepsie created a Children’s Cabinet that is part of a national network of cabinets based at Harvard’s Education Redesign Lab.

Co-chaired by school Superintendent Eric Jay Rosser and Mayor Rob Rolison, the goal of the cabinet is to create “a community where all children and youth thrive and have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential.”

For Poughkeepsie, achieving this work means addressing local challenges. The city is home to racial and economic segregation. And an estimated 22.7 percent of residents live below the poverty line, according to the school district.

Another challenge for Poughkeepsie, according to municipal officials, is that the city is “resource rich” and “systems poor.” There are, in other words, abundant social and cultural resources. Poughkeepsie is investing $4 million in its 18 parks. Local higher education neighbors include the Culinary Institute of America, Marist College, SUNY New Paltz, and Dutchess Community College. There are dozens of cultural organizations. And while the pandemic has been devastating, it has also inspired new civic ideas and projects.

What’s missing is a way to bring these resources to students. 

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The Weekly Connect 4/4/22

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Young children can learn more from guided play than direct instruction.

President Biden’s 2023 budget seeks funding increases for high-poverty school districts and new money for mental health supports.

Aging school buildings aren’t designed for the weather extremes caused by climate change.

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The Weekly Connect 3/28/22

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Investing in teachers’ mental health of can help them build healthy relationships with students that help students do better at managing traumas. 

The future of universal pre-K? Warm, supportive environments were young children can explore, instead of tackling academics. 

Rising fuel prices are hurting schools. 

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Strengthening ties between City Connects and Ireland — as Irish schools prepare to welcome Ukrainian refugees 

Mary Walsh, Norma Foley, Eugene Wall

As Ireland prepares to welcome Ukrainian refugees and increases its investments in student support, City Connects staff met last week with Irish Minister of Education Norma Foley to share details about our partnership with schools in Dublin

Mary Walsh, City Connects Executive Director, and her team explained more about City Connects, sharing how its unique features make it effective and how the program is being implemented in Ireland.

We are particularly proud that Foley and her team were also able to visit Boston’s John Winthrop Elementary School, a City Connects’ school where coordinators have built strong relationships and helped students facing homelessness and the challenges of the pandemic.

“We were just so thrilled to get the opportunity to see the work on the ground today,” Foley said during a discussion about City Connects held at Boston College later in the day. “It was a wonderful example of what it should be and how it actually is operational.

“It is one thing to see it on paper but another to see it delivered effectively in a school community. I’m a strong believer myself that whatever challenges a child has, whatever needs a child has, a child also brings enormous strengths. 

“We are very proud of the work that is being done and very appreciative of your work with Mary Immaculate College and (BC’s) expertise and talent as well and the collaboration we have seen here today as well.”

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The Weekly Connect 3/21/22

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Project-based learning can strengthen students’ social-emotional skills. 

Amid rise in violence, Colorado lawmakers back mental health supports for children and adults. 

As mask requirements are dropped, schools are still legally responsible for protecting medically vulnerable students

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The Weekly Connect 3/14/22

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Suicide is rising among younger students.

Congress fails to extend universal school meals

A judge will decided whether New Jersey has to desegregate its schools

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The Weekly Connect 3/7/22

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

School counselors and psychologists have oversized caseloads

The White House is making an economic argument to persuade Congress to address the country’s child care and early learning crisis

Relaxed mask guidelines in schools raise anxieties for parents of students with disabilities. 

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The Weekly Connect 2/28/22

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Expanding pre-K to a full day improves attendance.

A study finds that the expiration of the Child Tax Credit has led to a spike in child poverty.

Nebraska could be the first state to make autism screenings a requirement for starting school.

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