When you’re hungry, you can’t learn. When you’re homeless, you can’t do homework. When you’re worried, or sad, or angry – you can’t concentrate. Out-of-school challenges diminish a child’s ability to learn and shine, especially in high-poverty urban school districts. City Connects takes a systemic, cost-effective, multi-year approach to address the out-of-school factors that limit student learning. This practice makes a significant impact on students – now and for years to come – including better academic performance, improved attendance, and higher graduation rates. Schools that partner with City Connects receive a wide-range of tools and resources and will have a full-time coordinator who works one-on-one with students, families, and educators.
In-School Support - A full-time site coordinator becomes embedded within the fabric of the school and student-support team, collaborating with teachers in every classroom to review the strengths and challenges of every student every year.
Tailored Support For Every Child - Site coordinators create an individualized support plan for every student by leveraging a comprehensive range of crisis intervention, prevention, and enrichment services that already exist inside and outside the classroom.
Data-Driven Results - Site coordinators track and evaluate results in real-time to ensure every student receives the appropriate support at the right time. School leaders also have access to our system called MyConnects, which houses individualized student-support plans and focused reports.
Site coordinators work with every student to determine the level of support needed: crisis intervention, prevention, or enrichment services. Ongoing evaluations ensure the student continues to receive the right support with adjustments made to each plan as needed.
*Results after three years of implementing City Connects*
The City Connects Midwest Technical Assistance Center is part of the Marian University Center for Vibrant Schools and serves as a one-stop shop for schools during the launch and ongoing implementation of the City Connects practice. The TAC is composed of skilled staff who are experts in the practice and have extensive experience working with students, educators, and schools. Our team can assist with:
|Goshen|| St. John the Evangelist|
|Fort Wayne||Aboite Christian School|
Central Lutheran School
St. Joseph Hessen Cassel
St. Peter’s Lutheran School
|Franklin|| St. Rose of Lima Catholic School|
Andrew J. Brown Charter Academy
|Lafayette|| St. Boniface School|
|Muncie||Southside Middle School|
|Northwest Indiana||Ambassador Christian Academy|
|North Judson|| St. Peter Lutheran School|
|South Bend|| St. Adalbert School|
|Valparaiso||Emmanuel Baptist Academy|
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