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We’re proud to share one of our videos on how City Connects works. Principals, community partners, and City Connects staff all help tell the story of meeting students nonacademic needs to help them thrive in school.

“We’ve been able to transition from a school in crisis to a stable school focusing on literacy thanks to the support from City Connects.”
– Mike Sabin, Former Principal, the John W. McCormack Middle School in Boston

“Just in the last two months, we provided a new pair of shoes to each of our children and a new winter coat. For impoverished families, it’s a big deal.”
– Robert Kordenbrock, Red Oak After School Program, Boston-Chinatown Neighborhood Center Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 11/13/17

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

Principals like social-emotional learning, but schools are struggling to implement the practice.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is shrinking the Department of Education.

Low income families struggle to cover child care costs.

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The Weekly Connect 11/6/17

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

When it comes to kindergarten-readiness, poor children are still struggling to catch up to their wealthier peers.

Depression among young teenagers is on the rise. 

Senate Democrats have a plan to cut childhood poverty nearly in half. 

Wifi school buses create broadband Internet access for students who don’t have it at home.

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City Connects’ Community Partner Breakfast

“Finally, finally, finally, the whole child is back on the agenda and that’s very, very exciting for all of us in this room,” Mary Walsh said last week at City Connects’ annual Community Partner Breakfast.

Educators and community leaders attended the breakfast, which was held at Suffolk University Law School. The theme was “Supporting the Whole Child.”

The keynote speaker was Liz Walker, a former television news anchor and currently the Senior Pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church. She was followed by a panel discussion that featured four school and community partners who work with City Connects.

For Walsh, the breakfast was a chance to rally the troops – the teachers, the City Connects coordinators, and the community partners who provide an array of services — and explain how their work is helping Boston’s students. Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 10/30/17

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

Reversing poverty’s impact on the brain.

The Gates Foundation will invest $1.7 billion in K-12 education.

A small but growing number of states require schools to offer recess.

New data on Washington, D.C., children who have experienced trauma.

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The Weekly Connect 10/23/17

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

Children who read and write at home with parents are building both literacy and life skills.

Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child points to three principles for improving children’s and families’ outcomes.

School district leaders say that early education in needed by underfunded.

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Public support for providing students needed services

It’s not surprising that a recent poll on public schools found that people think schools should do a better job of preparing students.

What’s striking is the finding on how to do this work.

“More than 85 percent of all Americans believe schools should provide mental health services, according to the latest PDK poll, a survey of the public’s attitudes about the nation’s schools,” the website RealClearEducation reports.

“What’s more, 79 percent think schools should provide general health services to students who need them, according to the survey. Support for wraparound services was even high across party lines, with 68 percent of Republicans—and 65 percent of “strong conservatives” —agreeing that schools should provide them.”

In addition, 92 percent support the idea of public schools offering after-school programs.

This finding comes from the “49th Annual PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools,” which “is based on a random, representative, 50-state sample of 1,588 adults interviewed by cell or landline telephone, in English or Spanish, in May 2017.” Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 10/16/17

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

The use of kindergarten assessments offers mixed results.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos shares her vision for “American education.”

A study of New York City’s Community Schools.

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