The Weekly Connect 11/11/19

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

Student engagement and hope linked to better academic outcomes.

California sheds the “at-risk” student label and speaks instead about “at-promise” students.

A public library program helps informal caregivers engage young children.

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Harvard’s Education Redesign Lab report shares City Connects’ success

We’re proud that City Connects’ work in Salem, Mass., and in Chattanooga-Hamilton County, Tenn., is featured in a new report from the Education Redesign Lab at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

The report – “Sustaining Cross-Sector Systems of Opportunity for Children: Interim Lessons from the By All Means Consortium” – follows up on an earlier report about the work of the By Any Means necessary (BAM) communities, a network set up in 2016 to “create collaborative, cross-sector solutions to address the multifaceted needs of children.” 

Action at the city and state level is exciting because it shows how powerful local leaders can be in addressing the barriers that students face outside of school – from tooth aches to homelessness – so that they can thrive academically in school. 

Two of the Education Redesign Lab’s BAM members, Salem and Chattanooga-Hamilton County, are doing this work using City Connects.  Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 11/4/19

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

The impact of poverty on teen refugees’ brains.

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo is taking over Providence’s public schools.

A school district in Appalachia takes on social/emotional education.

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The Weekly Connect 10/28/19

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

Culturally supportive programs for African-American boys boost their graduation rates.

Afterschool nutrition program grows but needs more funding to reach more students.

Best practices for district-wide implementation of social/emotional learning.

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The Weekly Connect 10/21/19

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

Kindergarten readiness can predict future school performance.

California delays school start times so students can get more sleep.

How to improve Individualized Education Program meetings.

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The Weekly Connect 10/14/19

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

Pediatricians can help students who struggle in school.

School districts in Colorado have a four-day school week.

Adding more qualified teachers to after school programs.

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Growing national action on expanding integrated student support


We know that getting students the right supports and opportunities at the right time helps them to do better in school.
 

That’s the core of City Connects’ model of providing integrated student support (ISS). 

The challenge is scaling this approach so it can reach more children, work that’s being done by the Center for Optimized Student Support at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development. The center is home to City Connects.

In April, the Center for Optimized Student Support worked with the Center for Promise, part of the Boston University Wheelock College of Education, to release a policy brief — “Building Systems of Integrated Student Support A Policy Brief for Local and State Leaders” – that offers guidance to policymakers.

The brief points to “a wide range of activities to address the complex and changing needs of children, youth, and families,” including the work that hundreds of schools do to provide “wraparound” services, have a “collective impact,” and fund community schools and “Promise Neighborhoods.”  Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 10/7/19

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

Three or more hours of social media use can hurt adolescents’ mental health.

A California law calls for more screenings to identify developmental delays in young children.

In Detroit, children wear “talk pedometers” that count the words they hear and speak.

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