The work of City Connects was featured today on the front page of Education Week: “Learning Payoff Found for City Connects Program.”
The catalyst for the story was a paper authored by our Evaluation Team that was recently published in the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ). The paper demonstrates City Connects‘ positive impact on elementary and middle school students’ academic achievement.
While schools have always made efforts to address students’ out-of-school needs, the City Connects AERJ paper shows that using evidence to inform practice, making effective use of community resources, and tailoring a plan for every student can alter trajectories for children. It’s a call to action to change the way we address the achievement gap and the ‘poverty gap’ in our most challenged schools and to rethink how school counselors, social workers, and other student support staff meet the needs of students.
Today and tomorrow, City Connects will have be represented at the annual meeting of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) in Boston. Here are a couple of presentations to check out if you are attending the meeting:
- Is Each and Every Catholic High School Graduate College and Career-Ready?
Thursday, April 12, 1:15-2:30pm, Room 207
Presenters: Patrice DiNatale and Norm Hursh, City Connects; John Marshall, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School (Dayton, Ohio)
Preparing high school students to be college and career-ready is a considerable challenge for today’s secondary schools, including Catholic schools. In this presentation, school leaders discuss specific steps and strategies to introduce a proven program of optimized student support at the high school level that promotes students’ academic achievement, healthy development, and college and career readiness. Problem solving steps and strategies to address personnel, operational, and management systems to promote implementation will be discussed.
- Optimized Student Support as a Core Function of Catholic Education
Friday, April 13, 10:45am-12pm, Hynes 107
Presenters: Mary E. Walsh, City Connects, and Matthew J. Welch, City Connects in Catholic Schools
This session describes an evidence-based approach to addressing the out-of-school factors that shape academic achievement and healthy development. We will detail the implementation and delivery of this approach within K-8 Catholic schools and will illustrate student and school outcome data. With this information we will then launch into a discussion about how to optimize student support at your school.
Pat DiNatale and Norm Hursh will also be presenting about City Connects this weekend at the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA) National Conference in Baltimore. This year’s theme is “Destination Equity;” Pat and Norm’s presentation is on Saturday, April 14.
For more information:
- Follow NCEA on Twitter @NCEATalk; use #NCEA2012 for conference updates
This week is National School Counseling Week, which we are celebrating at City Connects because we have many school counselors among the ranks of our School Site Coordinators. Sponsored by the American School Counseling Association, the focus of this week is “School Counselors: Helping Students Be Brilliant.”
To commemorate the work of school counselors, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released a statement yesterday:
I want to salute the thousands of professionals across the country engaged in school counseling. Every day, these unsung heroes in American education help millions of students sidestep the roadblocks of life. They help them succeed, achieve their dreams, reach their potential, explore their curiosity and more.
For more information:
- Follow the American School Counseling Association on Twitter @ASCAtweets