Archive for the ‘Secondary’ Category

July 6th, 2017

Webinar: Supporting our Most Vulnerable Students

Often students who miss 9-7 days per semester, (or 10 percent or more of days) face serious hurdles in getting to school, such as ongoing health concerns, lack of a safe path to school or bullying. These students might also be involved in foster care or the juvenile justice system and could be experiencing factors beyond their control.

Teachers and other educators aren’t expected to address these complex needs on their own. Instead, they need to know how to join with other staff, and tap into the resources and supports offered in order to make a greater impact in improving attendance for these vulnerable students.

Join Hedy Chang, executive director of Attendance Works, and a cross-section of speakers for The Secret Formula 1+2+3: Improving Attendance for Our Most Vulnerable Students, on 2 pm ET on August 8* as they discuss how to lay the foundation for a positive culture of attendance for all students by providing a warm and engaging start to the school year. Speakers will also address how educators can work across agencies to ensure additional supports for our most vulnerable students, including those who are living in public housing, involved in the foster care system, or are exposed to trauma.

Presenters include:

  • Ayeola Fortune, United Way Worldwide
  • Dr. Martha Merchant, University of California, San Francisco
  • Silvia Cordero, San Francisco Unified School District
  • Janet Meeks, Delray Beach School District
  • Minsun Meeker, National Center for Youth Law’s FosterEd CA
  • and Hedy Chang, Attendance Works

This webinar will also feature the newest resources from Attendance Works including our teacher toolkit, Teaching Attendance 2.0 with new messaging materials, and the indispensable Attendance Awareness Month resource Count Us In! toolkit.

Don’t miss out on this free webinar! Register here.

* Special Note: We are likely to exceed the webinar room capacity of 500! Please note that once you register you will receive the webinar recording, PowerPoint slides and other materials whether you attend or not. You might consider organizing a separate session to watch with a group using the recording and discussion guide. Guests are welcome to log in 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the webinar.

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November 7th, 2016

Let Teens Sleep in the Morning to Improve Attendance

It’s a true story in many families: the elementary child who happily agrees to turn out the lights at 8:00 pm gets to bed at 11:00 pm or later by middle and high school. Why is that so many teenagers stay up late and have trouble getting to school on time? Start School Later, a national nonprofit, believes the key to ensuring students get enough sleep so they can attend school every day−and stay healthy and safe−is to focus on when the morning school bell rings.start-school-later-md-teens

Since the 1970s and 80s, middle and high schools shifted their start times to begin classes earlier than elementary schools. Today the average morning bell time for middle and high schools is 8:03 am, and many start as early as 7:00 am. This leaves many students, and especially those who have to travel an hour or more to reach campus, bleary eyed when they rise from bed at 6:30-7:00 am to get to school on time.

Beyond making it challenging to get to school every day, teens who don’t get enough sleep are set up to be at risk for a variety of health issues including obesity, diabetes, depression and anxiety. And research shows that drowsy students who lack adequate sleep are more often chronically absent and tardy at school, and are in more automobile crashes.

Are teens just being willful, as some might believe? Studies also show that as children mature their sleep and wake patterns shift to later hours. With this in mind, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in 2014 issued a brief urging high schools and middle schools to aim for start times that allow students the chance to get an optimal 8.5–9.5 hours of sleep a night.

As a mother of three, Terra Ziporyn Snider says she “lived and breathed this issue on both a personal and professional front for years” as she worked to change the 7:17 a.m. high school start times in her school system. The local school board was not able to make the change. She and Maribel Cabrera Ibrahim realized that a multifaceted approach was the only one that was going to work. The two women teamed up and created Start School Later.

Moving school start times affects a community’s entire day, from start times for after school activities or student jobs, to when parents get to work in the morning. The biggest hurdle in most communities is related to school bus routes. Most districts have a limited number of buses, which are shared among the entire student population.

Yet a shift in school start times has been picking up steam. Already districts in 44 states have moved to later start times for middle and high school students. The results have been swift: When schools have delayed the start of the school day, communities have seen reduced tardiness, as well as improved attendance, graduation rates and standardized test scores, studies show.

The call for a later school start time for teens is supported by a number of health organizations. In addition to AAP, the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a host of other national and regional groups support later morning school start times for teens.

Find out more at the Start School Later website: http://www.startschoollater.net

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August 8th, 2016

MENTOR’s New Toolkit Highlights Link with Attendance

Quality mentoring can have a significant impact on improving school attendance and student success. Recognizing this, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, has released a promotional toolkit with mentoring and attendance specific social media messages. Download the toolkit here.

MENTOR’s The Mentoring Effect report shows that mentoring has a significant impact on attendance and academic achievement. The report demonstrates that:

  • Quality mentoring is proven to increase attendance by reducing the likelihood of students skipping class.
  • Students who faced many challenges to graduation, including attendance, but who had a mentor were more likely to aspire to go to college, participate in sports and activities, and volunteer in their communities.
  • Mentors can help foster and encourage a positive academic future by stressing the importance of attendance.

“Chronic absenteeism offers that warning sign of disconnection and calls us to intervene with mentoring and consistent adults who can partner with school and home to provide the support, guidance, and encouragement proven to drive greater attendance and help get kids back on track. We are proud to be an Attendance Awareness Month Convening Partner and look forward to amplifying this critical message during Mentoring In Real Life Week this September,” says David Shapiro, MENTOR CEO and President.

Throughout the month, and especially during the Mentoring In Real Life Attendance Week September 19-25, MENTOR is inviting mentoring programs, youth serving organizations, schools and all campaign partners to help amplify this message on social media. Remember to include #schooleveryday and #MentorIRL in every post!

The toolkit provides sample messages such as:

  • Tweets
  • Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin posts
  • Digital images

And don’t forget to join us for the Mentoring In Real Life Attendance Week Twitter chat on Wednesday, September 21 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT!

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