“City Connects results offer powerful support for what should be common sense: when we address the challenges poor students face both within and beyond schools, they flourish.” –Learning First Alliance “Public School Insights” blog
December 10, 2013
City Connects Executive Director Mary Walsh Named to Boston Mayor-elect's Transition Committee on Education
Mary E. Walsh, Executive Director of City Connects, has been named to the Education Transition Committee for Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh, who will take office in January 2014.
November 4, 2013
City Connects has partnered with The Children’s Aid Society of New York City to pilot the delivery of optimized student supports to the C. S. 61 Francisco Oller elementary school, a community school in the Morrisania neighborhood of the South Bronx, beginning in January 2014.
October 22, 2013
“Teachers cannot do the work of counselors and social workers,” educators told Mary Walsh when she inquired many years ago about how schools were addressing the out-of-school challenges of students living in poverty. Along with these educators, Walsh recognized that factors such as homelessness, inadequate health care, and community violence may seriously affect academic achievement. Over the past 15 years, Boston College Professor Mary Walsh has led the development of an organized approach to addressing these and other barriers that interfere with students’ ability to learn and succeed in school.
October 16, 2013
Two new grants allow expansion of City Connects' early childhood and evaluation efforts
City Connects has received two new grants this fall. A 3-year, $530,000 grant from the Better Way Foundation will extend City Connects’ recently adapted early childhood system of student support to all City Connects schools and evaluate its immediate and long-term impact on learning and development in the early childhood population. Additionally, a 2-year, $150,000 grant from the GHR Foundation will support a cost-benefit/social return on investment analysis of City Connects’ system of student support.
September 17, 2013
City Connects has expanded into two additional Boston Public Schools for the 2013-14 academic year, made possibly by a grant from the Charles Hayden Foundation. This support enables City Connects to implement its model of optimized student support in the Orchard Gardens K-8 School in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood and the Sarah Greenwood K-8 School in Dorchester.
July 7, 2013
Dayton Daily News
Sinclair Community College has invested in a pilot a program that will connect students with the resources they need to overcome barriers in their lives and graduate. The college will also receive support from the Mathile Family Foundation in Dayton to adapt the City Connects program from a model that aids students in kindergarten through high school to one that helps adults pursuing higher education.
July 1, 2013
City Connects is partnering with Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH, to adapt the model of optimized student support to the community college setting.
June 10, 2013
ASCD's "The Whole Child" blog
City Connects Executive Director Mary Walsh authors a guest blog post about how schools can counter the effects of poverty on students. She advocates for a comprehensive, systematic approach to student support for each and every child in a school.
Nov. 15, 2012
City Connects has been named one of America’s top-performing nonprofit organizations on a newly launched giving platform, the Social Impact 100 (S&I 100). The S&I 100 is the first-ever broad index of US nonprofits that have evidence of results and the potential to grow. Covering 100 high-impact nonprofits, the Index features nonprofits that address issues in education, health, youth and poverty. Each of the 100 organizations has been rigorously screened for proof of impact and is only included in the Index if it has the ability to serve more people in need.
Nov. 7, 2012
Education Week's "Public Engagement & Ed Reform" blog
The results [City Connects] report are impressive. For a cost of less than $500 per child, they are helping to break through achievement gaps. I believe this program (and others like it), in conjunction with strong development of principals, should be replicated around the country to help turn around chronically low- performing schools.
July 10, 2012
City Connects Awarded $400,000 Grant from Massachusetts’ Priority Partners for Turnaround Investment Fund to Develop Student Support Sustainability Plan
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has awarded City Connects a $400,000, two-year award to develop strategies that build district capacity to sustain effective student support programs in schools. City Connects will be partnering with Boston and Springfield public schools for this work, which is supported by the DESE Priority Partners for Turnaround Investment Fund.