Implementation and Innovation
The Center serves as a hub for integrated student support science and innovation. We connect the sciences of development, learning, implementation and economics to discover pragmatic and effective ways to transform students’ lives for the better. Our core strategies include research, implementation, and innovation.
City Connects is a systematic, high-impact, cost-effective approach to helping every child in a high-poverty school become ready to learn and engage in the classroom.
City Connects provides each student in a school with a tailored set of supports and enrichments designed to optimize healthy development and learning. City Connects provides a clear, organized, and evidence-based strategy for schools to more effectively and efficiently leverage existing resources and produce outcomes. City Connects uses data both to continuously improve service delivery, and to test out scientifically-based approaches to student support so that practitioners using various approaches can learn about what works, for whom, and why.
Grounded in the developmental sciences and evidence-based practices in the field, InterconnectED is dedicated to scaling integration of education with social services, youth development, health and mental health resources to improve learning outcomes.
Policy briefs written by the Center of Optimized Student Support:
Mary Walsh and Joan Wasser Gish, Summer 2017
Building Systems of Integrated Student Support - A Policy Brief for Local and State Leaders
Joan Wasser Gish, April 2019
Center for Optimized Student Support with Communities in Schools, July 2019
Mary Walsh and Joan Wasser Gish, Brookings.edu, 2016
Practice briefs written by the Center of Optimized Student Support:
Research briefs written by the Center of Optimized Student Support: