The Weekly Connect 11/29/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Educators are worried about standardized test scores that are lower than they were before the pandemic. 

More than 20 school districts extend the Thanksgiving break by adding mental health days

English learners in New Jersey are being “ignored.”

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Happy Thanksgiving: City Connects in Southbridge, Mass.

One of the things we’re grateful for this Thanksgiving are schools that have just started implementing City Connects this school year.

This includes all six public schools in Southbridge, Mass., which cover pre-K through 12th grade and a therapeutic day program.

We’re also grateful for the six coordinators in these schools who geared up for Thanksgiving!

Three community partners – House of Destiny Church, Lifesong Church, and Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church – provided Thanksgiving holiday baskets.

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The Weekly Connect 11/22/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Transgender students need adult support in school. 

Schools use federal Covid relief funds to focus more on students’ mental health

One driver of the digital divide: families can’t afford broadband service

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Schools are on the front lines of the nation’s mental health crisis: integrated student support is a key strategy

A new opinion piece for the education website K-12 Dive discusses how schools are doing more to address students’ comprehensive needs in the middle of the pandemic. The article highlights the positive role of evidence-based, integrated student support approaches, including City Connects.

In the article, author Joan Wasser Gish — Director of Systemic Impact at Boston College’s Center for Optimized Student Support, the home of City Connects — writes that educators have been expecting the mental health crisis caused by the pandemic.

Wasser Gish writes:

“Budget decisions made long before children and youth returned to in-person, full-time school anticipated that children undergoing a year and a half of isolation, deprivation, stress — and in many cases, trauma and grief — would return to school with a range of social, emotional and mental health needs.”

School districts in different cities are taking different approaches.

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The Weekly Connect 11/15/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

City Connects is an example of how to systematically provide beneficial relationships and resources to students, especially in the wake of the pandemic. 

Chronic absenteeism is growing worse in California. 

The infrastructure bill directs federal funds to replacing lead pipes in schools

Hiring black school counselors benefits black students. 

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The Weekly Connect 11/8/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Physical education classes may help students who feel isolated. 

The CDC recommends a low-dose, COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 through 11

Colorado launches a website that connects kids to mental health sessions. 

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A City Connects community partner responds to Covid

Community partners are essential to the City Connects model of getting the right services to the right students at the right time — especially during the pandemic. One example:

“We work with an organization called Every Meal, which used to be called Sheridan Story, and on Fridays they provide kids with food in backpacks,” Laurie Acker, the City Connects Program Manager says.

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The Weekly Connect 11/1/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Plunging preschool enrollment raises questions about young children’s school readiness.

In the shadow of the pandemic, school nurses are working nonstop

As school disruptions continue, vulnerable students are being left behind.

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