The Weekly Connect 11/13/17

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

Principals like social-emotional learning, but schools are struggling to implement the practice.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is shrinking the Department of Education.

Low income families struggle to cover child care costs.

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The Weekly Connect 11/6/17

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

When it comes to kindergarten-readiness, poor children are still struggling to catch up to their wealthier peers.

Depression among young teenagers is on the rise. 

Senate Democrats have a plan to cut childhood poverty nearly in half. 

Wifi school buses create broadband Internet access for students who don’t have it at home.

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City Connects’ Community Partner Breakfast

“Finally, finally, finally, the whole child is back on the agenda and that’s very, very exciting for all of us in this room,” Mary Walsh said last week at City Connects’ annual Community Partner Breakfast.

Educators and community leaders attended the breakfast, which was held at Suffolk University Law School. The theme was “Supporting the Whole Child.”

The keynote speaker was Liz Walker, a former television news anchor and currently the Senior Pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church. She was followed by a panel discussion that featured four school and community partners who work with City Connects.

For Walsh, the breakfast was a chance to rally the troops – the teachers, the City Connects coordinators, and the community partners who provide an array of services — and explain how their work is helping Boston’s students. Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 10/30/17

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

Reversing poverty’s impact on the brain.

The Gates Foundation will invest $1.7 billion in K-12 education.

A small but growing number of states require schools to offer recess.

New data on Washington, D.C., children who have experienced trauma.

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The Weekly Connect 10/23/17

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

Children who read and write at home with parents are building both literacy and life skills.

Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child points to three principles for improving children’s and families’ outcomes.

School district leaders say that early education in needed by underfunded.

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The Weekly Connect 10/16/17

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

The use of kindergarten assessments offers mixed results.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos shares her vision for “American education.”

A study of New York City’s Community Schools.

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The Weekly Connect 10/9/17

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

Students who had teachers of the same race reported feeling more cared for and said they were more interested in their schoolwork.

Teenagers’ online friendships provide emotional support.

Congress has let the Children’s Health Insurance Program — which covers 9 million children — expire. If action isn’t taken soon, school children could be affected.

The high school dropout rate among Hispanics reaches an all-time low.

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Johns Hopkins University looks at City Connects

Last month the Johns Hopkins’ Institute for Education Policy hosted a conversation in Baltimore on “A Holistic Approach to Student Needs: Community Schools and Integrated Student Supports.” The event featured City Connects Executive Director Mary Walsh, the Daniel E. Kearns Professor of Urban Education and Innovation at the Boston College Lynch School of Education.

The event’s central question: What do we know about how can schools “nurture students’ intellectual progress” and address “the substantial non-school stressors that often interfere with learning?”

As it turns out, we know quite a bit. Research continues to show that addressing children’s out-of-school problems helps them succeed in school.

The conversation considered a variety of programs that help students “from community schools to Integrated Student Support models” – and how these programs meet students’ academic, emotional, and physical needs? Continue reading