The Weekly Connect 7/2/18

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

Are schools meeting the needs of pre-K aged, English language learners?

Two states ramp up requirements for schools to teach mental health classes.

Baltimore uses research to expand early childhood services.

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Health fair fun inspires families in Springfield

When Stephanie Sanabria, the City Connects coordinator at Springfield’s Early Childhood Education Center, looked at the needs of her students and their families, one topic that jumped out was health care.

“We have many students who have various diagnosis, and their families are also facing a number of health-related issues,” Sanabria said.

Sanabria’s response: Set up a health fair.

Amy Heberle, a Post-Doctoral fellow who works with City Connects’ evaluation team at the Boston College Lynch School of Education, explains: Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 6/25/18

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

Principals’ top concern is students’ mental health.

Technology could help boost classroom equity.

The fate of Obama-era K-12 policies under President Trump.

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The Weekly Connect 6/18/18

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

English learners have made progress in reading and math, a study shows.

• Ohio officials consider eliminating letter grades on report cards.

• Using storytelling and literature to help students deal with their emotions.

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Confidence, competence, and care: building social-emotional skills in Minneapolis

When C.J. McGowan became the City Connects Coordinator at Ascension Catholic School, she saw students who had many needs — and also many strengths.

“I saw a Catholic school in the north side of Minneapolis, which is the toughest side of the city, probably of the whole Twin Cities in terms of crime and poverty,” McGowan said recalling her early days at Ascension.

“There were a handful of kids who had gone through trauma. The trauma of immigrating. The trauma of being poor and not being able to afford food on a regular basis. There were academic needs and some intense behavioral health needs. And yet, there were a ton of resilient kids doing their best and doing pretty well.”

She knew that — in addition to addressing students’ comprehensive needs — building on strengths and generating feelings of competence and confidence could change the way these students saw themselves as learners and could help them thrive. So that is what she did. Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 6/11/18

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

Is there a 30-million-word gap between richer and poorer kids — or not?

The Federal School Safety Commission hears public feedback on school violence.

More high schools have low graduation rates, even though the overall high school graduation rate is up.

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The Weekly Connect 6/4/18

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

School counselors are helping kids succeed — and facing cuts.

Teens are cyberbullying themselves: expressing self-hatred and depression.

Some states are lowering the goals for English Language Learners.

Fighting toxic stress in children.

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The Weekly Connect 5/28/18

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

How being read to affects children’s brains.

The socioeconomic differences that impact summer learning loss.

Group therapy helps fifth graders build resilience.

Schools in Indiana work to reduce suspensions and expulsions.

High school graduation rates by state.

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