City Connects

City Connects

City Connects Logo SmallWhen 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.

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What does City Connects look like at school?

What can your school gain from City Connects?

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.

City Connects Right Supports Chart

City Connects Student Support Chart

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.

City Connects Elementary School Chart

City Connects Two Bar Charts*Results after three years of implementing City Connects*

Who are we, and how can we support your school?

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:

  • The implementation and delivery of the City Connects practice;
  • The hiring, training, professional development, and ongoing coaching of a school’s site coordinator;
  • Problem solving student challenges alongside site coordinators and school leadership; and
  • Technical support with the MyConnects database system.


Open site coordinator positions

RegionSchool
Avon

Our Shepherd Lutheran School 

Bloomington

Clear Creek Christian School 

 Corydon

St. Joseph Catholic School

 Goshen St. John the Evangelist
 
 Fort WayneAboite Christian School
Central Lutheran School
St. Joseph Hessen Cassel 
St. Peter’s Lutheran School

 Franklin St. Rose of Lima Catholic School
 
 Indianapolis

Andrew J. Brown Charter Academy
Apogee School for the Gifted
Avondale Meadows Academy
Avondale Meadows Middle School
Calvary Lutheran School
Carl Wilde Elem @79 (IPS)
Central Catholic School
Circle City Preparatory School
Clarence Warren Fairbanks (School 105)
Eman School 
Emma Donnan Elementary & Middle School
George Buck (School 94) 
Global Preparatory Academy
Holy Cross Central School
James Russell Lowell Elem @ 51 (IPS)
Lutheran High School of Indianapolis
MSD of Warren Township 
Phalen Leadership Academies
Promise Prep
Raymond F Brandes Elem @65(IPS)
Robert Lee Frost Elem @ 106 (IPS)
Rooted School Indy
Sankofa School of Success
Scecina Memorial High School
Shepherd Community Academy
St. Michael Catholic School
St. Monica School
St. Philip Neri School
St. Susanna School
St. Therese, Little Flower Catholic School
Trinity Lutheran School
Vision Academy - Elementary

 Lafayette St. Boniface School

 MuncieSouthside Middle School

St. Michael Catholic School 

 Northwest IndianaAmbassador Christian Academy 
 North Judson St. Peter Lutheran School

 South Bend St. Adalbert School
  
 ValparaisoEmmanuel Baptist Academy
 

Meet the City Connects Midwest Team

Jillian Lain

Jillian Lain, MA
Director, City Connects Midwest
(219) 510-3474
jlain@marian.edu
Huntington Hall, 012

Alex Cipoletti
Program Manager, City Connects
(317) 822-6823
acipoletti@marian.edu
Huntington Hall, 012

Abe Manlove title=

Abraham (Abe) Manlove, M.Ed., MS
Program Manager, City Connects Indianapolis, Gary
(316) 680-8361
amanlove@marian.edu
Huntington Hall, 012

Jessica Murphy, MSEd
Program Manager, City Connects Indianapolis
(317) 822-6825
jmurphy1@marian.edu
Huntington Hall, 012

Matt Sheldon

Mathew Sheldon
Technology Specialist, City Connects Midwest
(317) 955-6794
msheldon@marian.edu
Huntington Hall, 012

 

Margaret Smith

Margaret Smith '14, MSW
Program Manager, City Connects Indianapolis, South Bend, Muncie
(317) 442-2647
msmith1@marian.edu
Huntington Hall, 012

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