Attendance Works News

April 17th, 2017

It Takes Two: May 23 Webinar!

When a student misses 10 percent of school days, how can schools and communities make sure that there is personalized early outreach to students and families? What does it look like when students are supported with an effective action plan that addresses the reasons for their absences?webinarmemesmayv2-01 copy

It Takes Two: Adding Early Intervention Strategies to Address Chronic Absence is the second in the AAC2017 webinar series. During this free webinar, on Tuesday, May 23 (11:00 am – 12:30 pm PT / 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET), you’ll hear what teachers, mentors, school nurses and other caring adults can do to identify and help students improve attendance as soon as they show signs of falling off track.

Join in with questions for our Speakers:

  •         Lysette Lemay, Parent Teacher Home Visits (PTHV)
  •         Donna Mazyck, National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
  •         Terri Helm-Remund, Seattle Public Schools
  •       Linda Amica-Roberts, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and
  •      Cecelia Leong, Attendance Works

The webinar will provide a range of answers to the question: What else can or should we do for the students for whom universal supports aren’t enough to help them attend school regularly? Each community and program featured on the webinar will have strong Tier 1 strategies in place, such as recognizing and rewarding attendance improvements, creating a welcoming school environment and monitoring chronic absence data to identify common barriers.

This September, as we celebrate Attendance Awareness Month, we have the opportunity help all students build the essential skill of showing up on time every day. Don’t miss out! Register now

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 on May 23.

Each webinar in this year’s series builds on the previous one. If you missed the first webinar, Reducing Chronic Absence: It’s a Matter of 1, 2, 3!, click here and scroll down for the archived recording and materials.

Save the dates for the remaining Attendance Awareness Month webinars for 2017: August 8 and September 12.

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March 27th, 2017

March 28 Webinar Launches 5th Attendance Awareness Campaign Planning!

Will you attend? America’s Promise Alliance, Attendance Works, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Everyone Graduates Center, Get Schooled, Healthy Schools Campaign, the Institute for Educational Leadership, Mentor, Points of Light and United Way Worldwide invite you to join us as we launch the fifth year of the Attendance Awareness Campaign, which designates September as Attendance Awareness Month.

Join us on March 28, 2017 at 10:00 am (Pacific) / 1:00 pm (Eastern) for a free webinar, Reducing Chronic Absence: It’s a Matter of 1, 2, 3! to officially launch the campaign and learn how to get involved! Hear how communities like Manatee and Sarasota, FL, and Allegheny County, PA took positive action on attendance and galvanized a broad coalition of civic leaders, educators, parents and youth. Register here.

Special Note: We have had a record number of people registered already and 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 on March 28.

During the webinar we will also unveil the latest version of the “Count Us In!” toolkit, the essential resource to help you plan your Attendance Awareness Campaign involvement and enlist others to collaborate with you. The 2017 version contains new messaging and resources for making a difference in your community for Attendance Awareness Month.

The start of each school year presents an important opportunity to lift up an increasingly urgent issue: too many children missing too many days of school. Literally tens of thousands of children, even those in the early grades, are chronically absent — missing nearly a month or more of school every year.

Children who are chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to read proficiently by the end of third grade and are more likely to have poor attendance in later grades. By middle and high school, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign that a student will not graduate on time. This is especially true for those students living in poverty who need school the most and are sometimes attending the least. Chronic absence is a problem we can solve when schools, families and community partners work together.

Here’s how you can join the Attendance Awareness Campaign 2017!

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February 27th, 2017

National Webinars on Student Attendance !

The National Student Attendance, Engagement, and Success Center (NSAESC) is sponsoring a series of webinars to share practices around early warning systems that identify students who are missing too much school. The webinars, open to the public, will also share strategies to support the Success Mentor initiatives underway in the 30 My Brother’s Keepers cities. Register here for the webinars.

  • March 8: Whole School and Group (Tier 1 and II) Interventions and Strategies to Address Behavior Listen to the webinar recording !
  • April 25: Methods for Identifying Root Causes of Chronic Absence
  • May 3: What Is Needed for Effective Data Tools for EWS: Tracking Data and Interventions
  • May 9: A Deeper Dive: Lessons Learned about Improving Attendance Among Our Most Vulnerable Students, with Attendance Works
  • May 16: POSTPONED! Starting Early: Recruiting and Supporting Elementary Success Mentors, with Attendance Works
  • May 17: Using Early Warning Systems to Overcome Poverty’s Influence on Absenteeism
  • May 31: Opportunities with ESSA to Deepen the Work on EWS, with Attendance Works
  • June 6: Intervention Review: Conducting School Based Analysis of Interventions and Strategies (MBK & EWS)
  • June 14: Lessons from the Field: Shared Practices from Implementing Districts (MBK & EWS)
  • June 15: Using Success Stories to Reverse Chronic Absenteeism: Identifying the Tracks that Bring Students Back (MBK)

The center’s mission is to disseminate evidence based practices and build communities of practice to help students attend every day, be engaged in school, and succeed academically. These efforts will help all students graduate high school prepared for college, career, and civic life.

NSAESC held an online summit on April 3rd and 4th to kick off the Center and its partnership with the US Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Schools. Participants heard from national experts on chronic absenteeism, early warning systems, and the Success Mentor strategy, and asked questions about using chronic absenteeism as an indicator to measure school quality or student success in Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans.

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For more information please reach out to jcase@performexcel.com.

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