Partnering with City Connects makes a difference for students, schools, and families. For community agencies, involvement with City Connects means serving students better.
"City Connects helps me do my job. If there is something going on, I have support in the classroom, and the beautiful thing about all of it is that if I have support, then I can support the students. And there are a lot of teachers who don’t have support."
When surveyed at the end of the 2009-10 academic year, 95% of teachers in City Connects schools reported being satisfied with City Connects and 97% indicated that they would recommend the program to a teacher in another school.
Teachers were also asked to indicate which specific ways City Connects supported their work. Almost all teachers report that School Site Coordinators support their work by obtaining services for students and serving as a source of knowledge about student support in the school. High percentages report that Coordinators talk with teachers about students and help them solve problems.
The majority of teachers also report that City Connects has increased their effectiveness as teachers. Some said that because of City Connects, they have more time to focus on their primary responsibilities as teachers and have improved relationships with families. City Connects may enable teachers to deliver more effective instruction by deepening their knowledge of students and providing insight into their needs, background, and family life.
Citation: The Impact of City Connects: Annual Report 2010, p. 38-40.