The Weekly Connect 11/7/16

The new edition of The Weekly Connect is now posted. Check it out and sign up to have it delivered to your inbox! Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act) remains in the headlines. One potential new indicator for ESSA’s accountability requirement could be reducing chronic absenteeism among students. And in other news, the U.S. Department of Education has issued guidelines on early learning to help school’s implement ESSA.

In research news: Teachers are underestimating girls’ math abilities, according to recent research. Students who attend schools with high poverty rates or high numbers of minority students are less likely to enroll in college. And positive school climates may help reduce achievement gaps.

On the health care front, there are shortages of child psychologists and growing numbers of children in foster care. Experts are encouraging parents to improve their children’s sleep by removing mobile devices from kids’ bedrooms. And researchers say that the fight against childhood obesity should begin at age 6.

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The Abell Report Looks at City Connects’ Approach to Student Success

abellWe’re excited to announce that City Connects is featured in the October edition of the Abell Report. The report is published by the Baltimore-based Abell Foundation, the largest foundation that focuses solely on Baltimore.

The Abell Report sums up assumptions that are common in many schools: Support services for students are important, but “they are often dismissed as isolated from the core school functions of teaching and learning.”

It is, however, essential to relocate these services to a school’s core. As the report says, “New research shows that effective student support not only improves the climate of a school, but it can also actually accelerate learning and improve students’ academic outcomes.” Continue reading “The Abell Report Looks at City Connects’ Approach to Student Success”

The Weekly Connect 10/31/16

The new edition of The Weekly Connect is now posted. Check it out and sign up to receive it in your inbox!

We’ve been reading that absenteeism is a problem among students and teachers. Children who don’t feel safe at school are missing days, and 1 in 4 teachers are absent on more than 10 days of school.

It’s fall and change is in the air thanks to ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act). School Improvement Grants are gone, and states have more control and “more freedom to change the way they think about education,” so watch to see if they do.

Schools are coping with limited resources, from states spending less on education than they did before the 2008 recession to districts that don’t have enough school counselors to meet the staffing recommendations of the American School Counselor Association.

Educators who want to interest girls in coding should reach out to them during middle school when inspiring teachers and positive messages have a positive impact. And give the nation’s fourth and eighth graders a pat on the back because they’ve made gains on a national science test.

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The Weekly Connect 10/24/16

The Every Student Succeeds Act is changing education policy by meeting emerging challenges such as the growing number of English Language Learners.  Look for changes in how these students are classified, tested, and taught.

How do you share research with policymakers? Personal connections between researchers and policymakers help, and so do other strategies such as making research easily accessible.

Achievement gaps continue to make headlines.  One story looks at the difference between how rich and poor kids learn (hint: there isn’t one), and another story looks at race and gender gaps in computer science classes.

There’s a “new focus” on children’s mental health; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want schools to help ensure that children get sealants on their molars. The math here is simple: a study found that children with dental pain tend to miss more school than children with good oral health.

And in the good national news category, high school graduation rates across the country have reached a record high.

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The Weekly Connect for 10/11/16

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