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Portraits of Change: Aligning School and Community Resources to Reduce Chronic Absence

September 12, 2017

Join us as we discuss the new brief from Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center. Co-authors Hedy Chang and Robert Balfanz will highlight key findings from their national and state analysis of how many schools face high levels of chronic absence and discuss the implications for state and local action. Presenters will share inspiring examples of how their communities reduced chronic absence, even when it reached high levels in a school, district or particular student population. These insights are even more important as a growing number of states adopt chronic absence into their accountability systems for school improvement.

Presenters: Alicia Lara, United Way Worldwide; Robert Balfanz, Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University; Lorri Hobson, Cleveland Public Schools; Ramona Halcomb and Robin Shobe, Oregon Department of Education; Carrie Zimbrick, Willamina School District; Hedy Chang and Cecelia Leong, Attendance Works.

The Secret Formula 1+2+3: Improving Attendance for Our Most Vulnerable Students

August 8, 2017

Communities across the country are reducing chronic absenteeism by using a comprehensive set of strategies that: 1) prevents absences from occurring, 2) organizes caring and early outreach to families and students before absences add up, and 3) coordinates supports and services for vulnerable students who miss the most school. This third of four Attendance Awareness Month 2017 webinars focuses on providing a warm and engaging start to the school year as well as working 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 exposed to trauma.

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

It Takes Two: Adding Early Intervention Strategies to Address Chronic Absence

May 23, 2017

Communities across the country are reducing chronic absenteeism by using a comprehensive set of strategies that:

1) prevents absences from occurring,
2) organizes caring and early outreach to families and students before absences add up, and
3) coordinates supports and services for vulnerable students who miss the most school.

This second of four Attendance Awareness Month 2017 webinars focuses on early outreach and intervention.

Presenters: Alicia Lara, United Way Worldwide; Lysette Lemay, Parent Teacher Home Visits; Donna Mazyck, National Association of School Nurses; Terri Helm-Remund, Seattle Public Schools; Linda Amica-Roberts, Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Hedy Chang and Cecelia Leong, Attendance Works.

Reducing Chronic Absence: It’s a Matter of 1, 2, 3!

March 28, 2017

What does it really take to reduce chronic absence? Communities across the country are reducing chronic absenteeism by using a comprehensive set of strategies that:

1) prevents absences from occurring,
2) organizes caring and early outreach to families and students before absences add up, and
3) coordinates supports and services for vulnerable students who miss the most school.

This webinar focuses on universal attendance improvement strategies for all students. These strategies are the first of three tiers of action needed to reduce chronic absence.

Presenters include: Alicia Lara, United Way Worldwide; Todd Rogers, Harvard University; Shauna McMillan, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania; Stephen Weiss, His Place Community Center; Beth Duda, The Patterson Foundation; Diana Greene, Manatee County Schools; Hedy Chang and Cecelia Leong, Attendance Works.

January 10, 2017

Every Student Every Day — No Matter What: Realizing the Power of Chronic Absence Data to Ensure Safe, Supportive Schools

December 7, 2016

Every public school student — no matter his or her race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, citizenship status, or other perceived difference — is entitled to attend a safe, supportive school that promotes daily attendance and ensures an equal opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed. In order to support state, district, school, and community leaders in delivering on this guarantee—no matter what—this virtual summit will feature leading practitioners, researchers, federal officials, and advocates from across the country who are leveraging chronic absence data to propel systems change that ensures high-quality, whole-child supports for all students.

The summit focuses on state and district implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the opportunity to realize the power of chronic absence data to develop systems of support that improve student attendance and other important youth outcomes. This event is sponsored by the US Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice, in partnership with Attendance Works, Healthy Schools Campaign, Trust for America’s Health and Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University.

Attendance Awareness All Year Long

November 1, 2016

After Attendance Awareness Month is over, how can schools and communities reach out to families and students to encourage good attendance all year long? Join Attendance Works and our special guests as they share how to use attendance data to anticipate and counter dips in daily attendance that routinely occur over the course of the school year, ideas for leveraging the success of Attendance Awareness Month throughout the year, strategies for engaging families and students whose absences are adding up, and free resources for messaging all year long about the importance of attendance.

Presenters include: Samantha Wigand, United Way Worldwide; Kim Nauer, The New School, Center for New York City Affairs; Brent Lynch, Jefferson County Public Schools; Terry Patton, Franklin Square Elementary and Middle School; and Cecelia Leong and Hedy Chang, Attendance Works.

Ensuring an Equal Opportunity to Learn

September 8, 2016

In June 2016, the U.S. Office for Civil Rights released its first national count of students who were chronically absent. The data showed a staggering 6.5 million students were chronically absent, which means that they missed so much school that their ability to read well and gain fundamental skills and knowledge for college and career was hampered. In the 500 most heavily impacted districts, over 30 percent of students were chronically absent. Join us as we release a major national study analyzing the data and more importantly, showing how leaders at the local, state and national levels can take strategic action to monitor and address chronic absence in order to ensure an equal opportunity to learn and succeed.

Presenters include: Samantha Wigand, United Way Worldwide; Robert Balfanz, Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University; Charlene Russell-Tucker, Connecticut Department of Education; Mel Atkins II, Grand Rapids Public Schools; Chana Edmond-Verley, Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation; Cecelia Leong and Hedy Chang, Attendance Works.

Collective Action: Taking a Cross-Sector Approach

August 16, 2016

Chronic absence — missing 10% of the school year for any reason — has negative consequences for students. Yet with the combined efforts of parents, schools, communities and agencies, it is a solvable problem. What does it look like when partners from various sectors such as education, health, housing, justice and business pool their resources to help families get their children to school every day?

Presenters include: Samantha Wigand, United Way Worldwide; Susan Dawson, E3 Alliance; Dr. Kevin Riley and Treva Haugaard, Greater Omaha Attendance and Learning Services (GOALS); Ellie Rossiter and Uzuri Pease-Greene, Hope SF; Cecelia Leong and Hedy Chang, Attendance Works.

Using Data to Drive Action: Portraits of Chronic Absence

May 17, 2016

What can we learn from states and communities that are already using their local chronic absence data to raise awareness about the impact of absences on student achievement? Join the partners in the Attendance Awareness Campaign as we focus on how state and local innovators are already using chronic absence analyses to galvanize action to reduce chronic absence.

Presenters include: Marci Young, United Way Worldwide; Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian; Cynthia Rice, Advocates for Children of New Jersey; Linda Southward, Mississippi KIDS COUNT; Toni Kersh, Mississippi Department of Education; Cecelia Leong and Hedy Chang, Attendance Works.

Motivating Good Attendance All Year Long

April 12, 2016

Our first Attendance Awareness Webinar for 2016 focuses on the latest strategies for leveraging positive messaging to prevent and reduce chronic absence. We will also unveil our 2016 Count Us In! toolkit. We invite new communities to launch Attendance Awareness Month in September as a step towards a year-round Attendance Awareness Campaign.

Presenters include: Marci Young, United Way Worldwide; Lysette Lemay and Yesenia Gonzalez, Parent Teacher Home Visit Project; Todd Rogers, Harvard University; Jill Habig, Office of Attorney General Kamala Harris; Josh Skolnick, U.S. Department of Education; Hedy Chang and Cecelia Leong, Attendance Works.

Every Student, Every Day: A Virtual Summit on Addressing and Eliminating Chronic Absence

November 12, 2015

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Attendance Works, Everybody Graduates Center and United Way Worldwide, this online summit outlines key steps that states, districts and communities can take to improve student achievement by monitoring and reducing chronic absence.

Presenters include: Dr. John B. King Jr., Senior Advisor, Delegated Duties of Deputy Secretary of Education, USDOE; Eric Glaser, Director, U.S. Network Impact, United Way Worldwide; Leslie Cornfeld, Special Advisor to the Secretary of Education and Director, Office of Strategic Partnerships, USDOE; Joaquin Tamayo, Special Assistant, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, USDOE; Robert Balfanz, Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University; Hedy Chang, Director, Attendance Works; Chris Caruso, Executive Director, Office of Community Schools, NYC Department of Education; Teresa Neal, Superintendent, Grand Rapids Public Schools; Mike Hermann, Executive Director Healthy, Safe and Supportive Schools, Tennessee State Department of Education.

School Every Day: What Effective Principals Do to Improve Attendance

November 4, 2015

What strategies do principals use to reduce chronic absence? Effective principals — along with their committed team members — know that getting students to school each and every day matters. Join the California Department of Education, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Attendance Works as they spotlight the work of principals who have led their schools and communities to do the hard work of reducing chronic absence.

Getting Beyond Negative Perceptions about Parents: Key Insights about Engaging Parents in Ending Chronic Absence

September 30, 2015

Featured Guests: Ben Chida & Jill Habig, California Department of Justice, Office of Attorney General Kamala Harris.

September 9, 2015

  • Mapping the Early Attendance Gap (Presentation slides, PDF)

  • Download the report from Attendance Works and Healthy Schools Campaign: Mapping the Early Attendance Gap: Charting A Course for Student Success

  • Leading Health Conditions Impacting Student Attendance prepared by the National Collaborative on Education and Health

  • Before we can close achievement gaps and reduce dropout rates, we need to address the attendance gaps that start in kindergarten, and even in preschool. Across the country, absenteeism disproportionately affects the students from low-income families and communities of color and those with disabilities. The early attendance gaps, left unchecked, turn into achievement gaps reflected in weaker skills, lower test scores and, ultimately, lower graduation rates. Many of these early absences are excused because of health concerns, but they still represent lost learning time. Building off a new brief from Attendance Works and the Healthy Schools Campaign, this webinar will explore when and why these gaps develop and how we can use data to target interventions.

  • Presenters: Eric Glaser, Director, U.S. Network Impact, United Way Worldwide; Brittany Moore, Manager, Alliance Engagement, America’s Promise Alliance; Mark Bishop, Vice President of Policy, Healthy Schools Campaign; Yolie Flores, Senior Fellow, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading; Gordon Jackson, Director, Coordinated Student Support Division, California Department of Education; Jill Habig, Special Assistant Attorney General for California Attorney General Kamala Harris; Sharon Lee, Director, Office of Multiple Pathways, Rhode Island Department of Education; Rebecca Boxx, Director, Providence Children and Youth Cabinet, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Brown University; Terry Haven, Deputy Director, Voices for Utah Children; Lisa Wisham, Education Specialist, 21st Century Community Learning, Centers, Utah State Department of Education; Susan Loving, Transition Specialist, Utah State Department of Education; and from Attendance Works: Hedy Chang, Director; Cecelia Leong, Associate Director; Phyllis Jordan, Communications Lead.

August 13, 2015

August 12, 2015

May 13, 2015

  • Did you know that chronic absence affects one in 10 children in kindergarten and first grade nationwide? And that early childhood education can lay a foundation for better attendance in the years ahead? What happens when our very youngest learners miss so many opportunities to learn? 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. Early childhood programs, schools and community partners can give young children a strong start. Our speakers will tell how they are using data, reaching out to families to offer support in overcoming common health challenges and developmental delays, and educating parents about the benefits of engaging programs and instruction in the early grades.
    Presenters: Marci Young, Vice President U.S. Network Impact, United Way Worldwide; William Carpluk, Manager, Alliance Engagement, America’s Promise Alliance; Serah S. Fatani, Director of Program Evaluation & Assessment, Office of Early Childhood Education, Chicago Public Schools; Leslie McKinily, Director of Preschool Programs, Chicago Public Schools; Bobbi MacDonald, Executive Director, City Neighbors Foundation; Kate Seidl, Reading Specialist & Librarian, City Neighbors Charter School; and from Attendance Works, Hedy Chang, Director; and Cecelia Leong, Associate Director.

April 15, 2015

  • Download the Discussion Guide for this webinar

  • Download the newly revised Count Us In! toolkit for 2015

  • Read more about California, including the Local Control Funding Formula and the Attorney General’s 2014 report “In School + On Track”

  • We invite you to join us in celebrating Attendance Awareness Month in September! Last fall, 324 communities across the country participated in Attendance Awareness Month, calling attention to the importance of school attendance. The time to start planning is now! This webinar is the first of four. It will provide updated resources for your school or community to use in planning and launching Attendance Awareness Month. Be inspired by the creative ways in which various groups drew attention to attendance and learn from our special guests how they rallied their communities to take action.
    Presenters: Eric Glaser, Director, Network Engagement and Performance,United Way Worldwide; William Carpluk, Manager, Alliance Engagement, America’s Promise Alliance; Jill Habig, Special Assistant Attorney General for California Attorney General Kamala Harris; Shauna McMillan, Program Manager, Be There Campaign; Kathryn Vargas, Manager of Programs for Children and Youth, United Way of Allegheny County; Kathy Hanafan, School Attendance Supervisor, Council Bluffs Schools; Dr. Martha Bruckner, Superintendent of Schools, Council Bluffs, Iowa; and from Attendance Works, Hedy Chang,Director; Cecelia Leong, Associate Director; Phyllis Jordan, Communications Lead.

March 17, 2015

  • Connecting Chronic Health Conditions with School Attendance: Improving Data Collection and Use, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (Presentation slides)

  • This webinar highlights the relationship between chronic health conditions and absenteeism and the collection and use of attendance data in the management of chronic conditions in schools. It will discuss absenteeism including health-related absences as a barrier to learning, share information and examples on data collection and use in identifying and tracking students with chronic conditions and demonstrating reduced absences through efforts that improve student health, and offer guidance to begin work in this area. In addition, the webinar will feature innovative projects by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
    Speakers include: Hedy Chang, MPP, Director, Attendance Works; Nancy Dube, MPH, RN, President, National Association of State School Nurse Consultants and School Nurse Consultant, Maine Department of Education; Shirley Schantz, EdD, ARNP, RN, Director of Nursing Education, National Association of School Nurses; Cheryl De Pinto, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Zachary Faigen, MSPH, Former Biosurveillance Epidemiologist, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

February 23, 2015

January 16, 2015