The Weekly Connect 1/13/20

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

Sleep has a big impact on test scores, especially for boys.

More children on Medicaid will be able to access health services in school.

Fugees Academy, located in both Georgia and Ohio, provides intensive education for children who are immigrants.

Children’s use of anti-depressants jumps by more than 20 percent after school shootings.

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The Weekly Connect 12/16/19

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

Social media use is associated with disordered eating patterns.

Courts are protecting the rights of transgender students.

Homelessness makes it tough for New York City students to get an education.

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The Sheridan Story gives Minnesota students food for the weekend



When City Connects Program Manager Laurie Acker meets with the coordinators she supervises in Minnesota, she routinely asks them a question:
 

“What services do you need that you don’t have a community partner for yet?” 

One common answer is food. Some students come to school hungry, go home hungry, and dread long weekends because their families are grappling with food insecurity. Others hoard the food they receive at lunch.

Community partners help address this kind of problem. They are an essential part of the City Connects model of getting the right services to the right students at the right time, and Acker has worked hard to build these connections. 

So when Acker heard about the need for food resources, she reached out to The Sheridan Story, a local nonprofit that fights childhood hunger, and, in 2014, Sheridan Story volunteers began providing food for the weekend at two City Connects schools.  Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 12/9/19

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

Special needs students and English language learners have more positive impressions of their schools’ mental health services.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signs a bill that will invest $1.5 billion in education.

U.S. students’ test scores lag on international exam.

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City Connects students win a Sole Train running award

City Connects Coordinator Ashlei Alvarez does not enjoy running. When she was in school, she was the cross-country runner who hid in the bathroom. 

But every Friday morning, Alvarez goes running around the Boston Common with 30 fourth- and fifth-graders, two parents, and a number of staff members from the Josiah Quincy School where Alvarez works.

Why? 

“My first year here I noticed that we didn’t have a lot of extracurricular, sports-based programs,” Alvarez says. So when a teacher at her school told her about Sole Train: Boston Runs Together, a running program “that’s about deconstructing the impossible,” Alvarez and Kelly Garcelon, a kindergarten teacher who does like running, brought the program into their school. 

Alvarez expected five students to sign up. Instead, 30 did. “We were shocked,” Alvarez says. Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 11/25/19

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

A study finds that most educators find it hard to access research on education.

A survey shows that teachers think lawmakers are not doing enough to prevent school shootings.

A new dental clinic offers free services to students in Utah.

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The Weekly Connect 11/18/19

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

Summer school programs might boost the high school graduation rates of English language learners.

Newark schools receive $6.5 million for mental health supports.

To build their perseverance, empathy, and confidence, Detroit school children will learn to ride and care for horses.

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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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