• Attendance Works: Director Hedy Chang, can discuss national trends and research on school attendance, as well as state and local strategies for reducing chronic absence. Contact her at hedy@attendanceworks.org or call Amy Battjer at The Hatcher Group at 301-656-0348 to set up an interview. They can also put you in touch with relevant contacts in a variety of localities and states.
    • Bob Balfanz, director of the Everyone Graduates Center, can talk about how absenteeism influences graduation rates, as well as about how attendance monitoring has helped improve achievement in Diplomas Now schools. Contact Mary Maushard at mmaushard@jhu.edu for questions about national research and Angie Cannon at angie@thehatchergroup.com for questions about Diplomas Now.
    • The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading can talk about how chronic absence can affect a child’s change of reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Contact Ernestine Benedict at ebenedict@gradelevelreading.net to set up an interview.
    • Faith Connolly, executive director of the Baltimore Education Research Consortium, can talk about how poor attendance in the first month of school predicts chronic absence for the entire year. Contact her at fconnolly@jhu.edu.
    • Terra Gay, director of education programs at Points of Light, can talk about the Corps 18 program that uses VISTA workers to promote solutions to chronic absence. Contact her at tgay@pointsoflight.org.
    • Alan Ginsburg, a researcher who has analyzed NAEP scores, can talk about the connection between attendance and standardized test scores. Contact him at 202-966-0946 or alandayle@comcast.net.
    • Healthy Schools Campaign can speak about the connection between attendance and health concerns. For more information, contact Jeremy Borling at jeremy@healthyschoolscampaign.org.
    • Kim Nauer, education policy director at the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School, can talk about new research connecting chronic absence and poverty. Contact her at 646-942-8414 or nauerk@newschool.edu.
    • Michael Gottfried, a researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara, can talk about how attendance influences the development of socioemotional skills and the connection between preschool and kindergarten attendance. Contact him at 323-387-8039 or mgottfried@education.ucsb.edu.
    • Jane Quinn at the Children’s Aid Society can talk about New York City’s Success Mentors program, which improved attendance for chronically absent students. Contact Jane at janeq@childrensaidsociety.org.
    • Kria Sakakeeny at City Year can provide local examples of how the National Service program is making attendance a priority for its near-peer mentors. Contact her at 617-927-2378 or ksakakeeny@cityyear.org.org.