The Weekly Connect 11/21/22

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

School districts fail to count thousands of homeless students

Culture wars are pushing some teachers to leave the classroom.

More than 700 children were arrested in U.S. elementary schools during the 2017-2018 school year, according to one analysis.

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The Weekly Connect 11/14/22

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

Middle school students need tailored instruction and support. 

Colorado voters approve universal free school meals

Schools face a “tripledemic” of the flu, Covid, and the respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV.

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Growing by leaps and bounds in Indiana

Last year, thanks to our partnership with Marian University’s Center for Vibrant Schools, City Connects launched in 30 public and charter schools in Indiana. 

This year we are in 80 public, charter, and non-public Indiana schools.

This exciting growth has created more opportunities to serve more students – and it has expanded City Connects’ community of practitioners. 

Among Indiana’s new City Connects schools are non-public parochial schools as well as nondenominational Christian and Islamic schools and a private school without any religious affiliation.

This growth has been driven in part by Covid-19 relief funds – Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools – from the U.S. Department of Education that were given to schools where at least 20 percent of students receive free or reduced-price lunch. In some of Indiana’s City Connects schools, more than 40 percent of students receive these lunch subsidies, and in other schools more than 80 percent do.

This crucial support comes at a time when schools in Indiana – and across the country – are coping with learning loss, absenteeism, and students who are struggling to behave in age-appropriate ways. Indiana is also taking a hard look at its NAEP scores, to understand the pandemic’s impact on student learning.

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The Weekly Connect 10/31/22

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

Many students struggling with anxiety and depression say they can’t find help at school. 

Dress code policies can make schools less equitable. 

An Alabama town is using federal Covid relief funds to hire more teachers who can teach students who are learning English.

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Dayton Flight: a community partnership that connects students to African-American men

Keisha Anderson is working to engage more African-American men and bring them into her school.

“I want to open school spaces to dads, uncles, male mentors, pastors, barbers, whoever has a positive male influence in students’ lives. I am opening doors so they can come into our building.”

Anderson is the City Connects Coordinator at Belle Haven Elementary School in Dayton, Ohio, and although she’s excited about having mothers, aunts, and female mentors in her school, she says that these women already show up. Teachers are already comfortable reaching out to mothers. And there are already a number of programs that focus on girls.

To be inclusive and focus on boys, Anderson reached out and formed a community partnership with Dayton Flight, a professional basketball team.

Anderson doesn’t like what she calls “one and done” community partnerships, so she has found multiple ways for the team to interact with her school. The team has provided families with tickets to games, boosting Anderson’s family engagement efforts. Players also visited Belle Haven last May for Field Day and played basketball with students.

“There were these big brother moments,” Anderson recalls, “young students thinking they could actually dunk the ball even though they were up against big players. It’s these positive moments that our kids will probably live off for a long time.”

Brandon Harper, Team Market Owner and General Manager of Dayton Flight, says it was “a natural fit” to get involved with Belle Haven.

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The Weekly Connect 10/24/22

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

LGBTQ+ students report less access to positive curricular resources or supportive staff.

Schools can access $280 million in federal funds to provide students with more access to mental health services

Boston grapples with late and no-show school buses

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The Weekly Connect 10/17/22

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

A study says schools would need $500 billion more in federal funds to make up for lost learning time. 

States are taking different approaches to early learning assessments.

Schools will have to meet the needs of the country’s growing Latino student population

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The Weekly Connect 10/11/22

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

An estimated one-third of school children were chronically absent in the 2021-22 school year. 

States using federal emergency relief funds for literacy programs

Schools are offering students the option of taking mental health days

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