The Weekly Connect 12/18/17

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

Children who are no longer homeless continue to do as poorly on state tests as their peers who continue to be homeless.

A long-range study says pre-school is paying off in Tulsa, Okla.

The deadline has passed, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which protects 9 million low-income children, still hasn’t received funding from Congress.

Charts and graphics drawn from this year’s research studies highlight issues and challenges in education.

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Community partnerships bring beds to Springfield

Sometimes our community partners are single organizations, the YMCA or a college that provides tutors.

Other times we work with community teams. That’s the story in western Massachusetts where Stephanie Sanabria, a City Connects Coordinator in Springfield’s public schools, helps children get beds.

Students who are homeless often don’t have a safe, clean, place to sleep. They may have lost everything in a fire or lost an apartment for economic reasons. Once they do have a place to stay, however, giving them a bed can make a substantial, positive difference.

As we blogged last spring, Sanabria works with the local credit unions to raise funding for a Bed for Every Child, a program run by the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.

More recently, in October, new beds were delivered to Springfield where they were received by a number of local leaders, including Sanabria as well as Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Azell Cavaan, Chief Communications Officer of Springfield Public Schools, and a number of credit union CEOs and staff members.

City Connects makes these kinds of community partnerships more powerful by identifying children in need and connecting them to the resources that community partners provide. And when Sanabria connects a child to a bed, she also connects them to other needed resources and services such as food, clothing, and other assistance. Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 12/11/17

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

Child Trends looks at integrated student supports.

Student teachers who have more multicultural awareness spur greater student success.

How the Senate’s tax bill would affect schools.

Some school districts promote faster growth in test score gains despite the effects of poverty; Chicago is one example.

Graduation rates rise across the country.

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City Connects is recognized for its impact

We are happy to announce that Results for America, a national nonprofit, has added Mary Walsh and City Connects to its Moneyball for Government Team, a list of leaders and organizations that are using data to solve problems.

Sports fans know that “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” is a book by Michael Lewis. It tells the stories of how the Oakland A’s, a baseball team with a limited budget, gave up on conventional wisdom and started using a statistical approach to evaluate and recruit players. Data, in other words, helped the A’s become a better team and win games.

In the same vein, Results for America uses its “Moneyball for Government” designation to encourage “governments at all levels to increase their use of evidence and data when investing limited taxpayer dollars. By playing Moneyball, we can improve outcomes for young people, their families and communities.” Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 12/4/17

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

Research finds that early education has long-lasting benefits.

Higher levels of physical fitness can improve students’ brain architecture.

How changes to federal tax laws could impact schools.

Cities and counties focus on kindergarten readiness.

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Helping students who have fled the aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico is rebuilding after the devastating effect of Hurricane Maria – and across the country, cities and states are welcoming the students who have left the island.

City Connects coordinators are working hard to welcome these students and meet their needs to make it a little easier for them to focus on school. Especially in Massachusetts, a state that’s getting an influx of students.

“More than 300 school-aged children from Puerto Rico are now living in Massachusetts, according to Jacqueline Reis, spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education,” the Salem News reported last month.

Five students were studying in Salem’s public schools “where Superintendent Margarita Ruiz said she and other school officials were ready to welcome the students with backpacks full of supplies and other services they may need. Another three are on their way.” Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving…

…from City Connects!

The Weekly Connect 11/20/17

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

Boys read better when there are more girls in their class.

GOP tax plans could affect school funding.

Salem, Mass., tackles the achievement gap.

Chicago schools lead in academic growth.

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