National momentum to support the whole child

At City Connects, we have learned that a combination of supports and opportunities is needed to change children’s lives. And we have an evidence base that shows our model helps students succeed.

Now, our organization is playing a supporting role as part of a national movement for change that is focused on the whole child. Along with partners and coalitions, we are working to grow this movement into a campaign of action that could transform education by improving students’ access to comprehensive services.

This month, for example, we joined over 350 organizations and individuals in support of a White House Office on Children and Youth, which would be dedicated to improving the coordination of federal programs, bringing sustained attention to research and policy, and elevating the wellbeing of children, youth, and their families. We are also engaged in partnerships, coalitions, commissions, and advisory boards. Our goal is to contribute to the momentum for change and share what we are learning: both our knowledge about effective approaches to integrated student support or “wraparound” services, and our evidence that when implemented well, support that addresses the needs of the whole child can transform students’ lives.

City Connects is also part of an advisory group to the Sciences of Learning and Development alliance (SoLD), which uses “insights from the sciences of learning and development…to serve as a resource to connect and support leaders in research, practice, and policy to transform America’s education systems and achieve equity and excellence.” Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 10/13/20

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

U.S. Department of Education data reveals that Black girls are disciplined more often than their white peers.

Boston delays the next phase of in-person learning because of rising coronavirus infections.

Some students who struggled in school are successful with remote learning.

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The Weekly Connect 10/5/20

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

Wildfires trigger lingering trauma in California students.

Michigan invests stopgap funding for child care.

Remote learning is leaving students behind.

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The Weekly Connect 9/28/20

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

School counselors are struggling to support students.

West Coast schools help students with the trauma of facing wildfires and COVID-19.

The federal government will send schools millions of COVID-19 tests to help them stay open.

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The Weekly Connect 9/21/20

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

Schools with mostly Black and Latino students have been more likely to resume online instead of in-person.

Parents file lawsuits to block schools’ from requiring face masks.

New York City parents who are homeless say their children need more help preparing for the challenges of this school year.

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The Weekly Connect 9/14/20

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

An analysis of 375 school districts finds that rural communities are more likely to offer in-person learning opportunities this fall.

Because of COVID-19’s economic impact, public pre-K programs could face steep budget cuts.

Research and anecdotal evidence suggest that as schools struggle to provide free and reduced-price meals, students are going hungry.

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The Weekly Connect 9/8/20

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

COVID-19 is taking a toll on the Latinx community.

Parents are suing to reopen schools during the pandemic; teachers are suing over pandemic safety issues.

In the midst of the pandemic, teaching students social-emotional skills can help them focus on learning.

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The Weekly Connect 6/29/20

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

COVID-19 is harming many students’ academics and mental health.

More than 2,000 Massachusetts educators have received layoff or nonrenewal notices.

COVID-19 threatens the existence of millions of child care slots, which could make it hard for children to have high-quality early learning experiences and tough for parents to go to work.

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