Friday, Nov. 5, 2010
8am to 3pm

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Murray Room, Yawkey Center, Boston College
140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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Leah Lindsay
City Connects

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Optimized Student Support:
Best Practices for Schools & Community Agencies 

City Connects is pleased to announce our first-ever conference on Optimized Student Support. On Friday, November 5, educators, administrators, researchers, and community agency leaders will gather at Boston College to discuss Best Practices for Schools & Community Agencies.

With the support of the New Balance Foundation, the conference will provide a forum for presentations, discussions, questions, and networking as we address critical ways to optimize support for elementary school students:

  • How do social contexts influence the out-of-school factors that impact learning?
  • What evidence-based models exist?
  • What characterizes excellent student support from the perspective of community agencies? Of district leaders? Of the Commonwealth?
  • How can health, an often-overlooked but essential component to supporting student achievement and thriving, be integrated most powerfully into student support?
  • What does delivery of optimized student support look like on the ground--in districts and schools?

City Connects eagerly anticipates the conversations and debates that this conference will engender and invites the participation of everyone who shares our commitment to ensuring that all children can come to school ready to learn and thrive.

Please click on the link beow to register--registration is free but space is limited. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Conference Program

8-8:30am: Continental breakfast


  • Mary E. Walsh, PhD, Daniel Kearns Professor of Urban Education and Innovative Leadership, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, and Executive Director, City Connects

Reality, Risk, and the Potential Reward of Student Support

  • Eric Dearing, PhD, Associate Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology, Lynch School of Education, Boston College

Schools and Community Agencies: Complementary Roles in Student Support

City Connects: An Example of Best Practice in Student Support

  • Mary E. Walsh, PhD, Daniel Kearns Professor of Urban Education and Innovative Leadership, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, and Executive Director, City Connects


  • Harry Spence, JD, Professor of Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Lecturer in Education, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Former Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (formerly DSS)
  • Jeffery Mulqueen, EdD, Chief Academic Officer, Worcester Public Schools

    12-1pm Lunch

    Best Practices in Integrating Health in Student Support

    Best Practices in Implementing Student Support at the District and School Level

    Moderator: Irwin Blumer, EdD, Research Professor in the Education Leadership and Higher Education Department, Lynch School of Education, Boston College



  • Traci Walker Griffith, MEd, Principal, Eliot K-8 School, Boston Public Schools
  • Mary Anne Morris, EdD, Chief of Pupil Services, Springfield Public Schools

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    For 29 years the New Balance Foundation has served a deeply held mission: to support charitable organizations whose humanitarian efforts work for the betterment of our children and communities. The heart of our focus is the prevention of childhood obesity. For more information, please visit www.newbalance.com.