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September 10, 2019
When educators develop positive conditions for learning that provide welcoming, supportive and culturally-responsive school environments, they motivate students and their families to come to school, even when there are hurdles to getting there.
The third Attendance Awareness webinar of the year highlights the September Brief, Using Chronic Absence Data to Improve Conditions for Learning, and also discusses: 1) conditions for learning and their relationship to chronic absence, 2) a model for understanding how conditions for learning impact student outcomes, 3) case studies from Georgia and Cleveland, Ohio, 4) a five-step action framework for schools using chronic absence data to identify and address school and community factors that affect attendance and conditions for learning, and 5) a new interactive data map that enables anyone to find information about community and school factors and a school’s chronic absence rate for every school in the United States.
Presenters: Ayeola Fortune, Senior Director, Impact and Global Results, United Way Worldwide; Hedy Chang, Executive Director, Attendance Works; David Osher, Vice President and Institute Fellow, American Institutes for Research; Lauren Bauer, Fellow, Economic Studies, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution; Lorri Hobson, Director of Attendance, Cleveland Metropolitan School District; Garry McGiboney, Deputy Superintendent, Office of School Safety and Climate, Georgia Department of Education; Arianne Weldon, Director, Get Georgia Reading Campaign, Georgia Family Connection Partnership.
August 8, 2019
Imagine a place where you can’t wait to go every day — where you feel safe, connected, supported and excited about learning. What does it take for schools in your community to be like this?
In the third webinar of the 2019 Attendance Awareness Campaign, our speakers share school-wide strategies to create an engaging, healthy school climate that supports everyone in the school building. Whether it’s in an elementary or secondary setting, when school staff work together to increase students’ and families’ sense of belonging, safety and connection to school, and support their physical and emotional health, they can motivate kids to attend even when life is challenging. Our special guest speakers will share strategies that can shift the relationship between families and school staff, support students’ social and emotional learning and development, teacher’s physical and emotional health, and improve the learning environment for everyone in the building.
Presenters: Ayeola Fortune, Senior Director, Impact and Global Results, United Way Worldwide; Gina Martinez-Keddy, Executive Director, Parent Teacher Home Visits; Jennifer Penn-Feliciano & Vanessa Proetto, Secondary Public School Teachers in Baltimore; Alex Mays, Senior National Program Director, Healthy Schools Campaign; Hedy Chang, Executive Director, Attendance Works
May 16, 2019
Being in class every day is even more critical for learning as students enter middle and high school. Students really do miss out when they miss school. Instruction is fast-paced, lessons build on one another and often involve hands-on projects that can’t be replicated at home. Learning to show up every day is also a skill that can help teens get and keep a job as they enter the workforce.
In the second Attendance Awareness webinar of the year, we focus on attendance strategies for the middle and high school grades where chronic absenteeism often spikes. Learn how our featured speakers cultivate positive relationships with youth, identify and remove barriers to attendance, and move beyond simply taking roll to encouraging students to be present so they have an opportunity to reach for their dreams.
Presenters: Ayeola Fortune, Senior Director, Impact and Global Results, United Way Worldwide; Marie Groark, Executive Director, Get Schooled; Fiorella Cabrejos, Principal, Fordham Leadership Academy, New York City; Shilpa Reddy, Community School Director, Fordham Leadership Academy, New York City; Damon Bethea, Mentoring Project Director, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania; Merceda Gomez, Literacy Academic Coach, Allegheny Traditional Academy 6-8, Pittsburgh Public Schools; Hedy Chang, Executive Director, Attendance Works
March 21, 2019
This webinar kicks off the 2019 Attendance Awareness Campaign. Our theme “We Belong in School” recognizes that students are more likely to attend school if they feel safe, connected, supported and engaged.
The session focuses on students’ very first years in school. In many communities across the country, people are surprised to learn that our youngest students — in preschool, kindergarten and early elementary school — often have the highest levels of chronic absence. Yet research shows that good attendance matters from the very beginning of a child’s formal education. Learn how our featured speakers partner with families to nurture positive transitions from preschool to elementary school, build awareness of the connection between attendance and successful school experiences, and address attendance barriers.
Presenters: Ayeola Fortune, Senior Director, Impact and Global Results, United Way Worldwide; Yolie Flores, Chief Program Officer, The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading; Ericka Guynes, Principal, Earl Boyles Elementary School, David Douglas School District, Oregon; Sandra Diodonet, Assistant Superintendent, Paterson Public Schools, New Jersey; Hedy Chang, Executive Director, Attendance Works
October 12, 2018
This webinar sponsored by Panorama and hosted by Education Week looked at how educators are promoting students' social emotional learning (SEL) skills and school climate to improve attendance and reduce absenteeism. The webinar featured a new framework for understanding the connection between chronic absence and investing in SEL developed by Attendance Works and the American Institute for Research, and showcases work in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Ogden, Utah.
Presenters: Mara Schanfield, American Institutes for Research; Chad Carpenter, Assistant Superintendent, Ogden School District; Mel Atkins, Executive Director of Community & Student Affairs, Grand Rapids Public Schools; and Hedy N. Chang, Attendance Works.
September 12, 2018
This session highlights key findings from the September brief, Data Matters: Using Chronic Absence to Accelerate Action for Student Success, from Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center. The brief features a national and state analysis of how many schools face high levels of chronic absence, reflects upon how those patterns can vary by state, and discusses how to use chronic absence data to anticipate and put in place effective solutions to poor attendance that are tailored to local realities.
An interactive data map developed by The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, and chronic absence data charts for 50 states and the District of Columbia, makes it easy for users to compare and contrast chronic absence data at the state and local levels. The report includes recommendations for key partners on how to begin to take action or deepen ongoing efforts to improve attendance so that every student has an equal opportunity to learn.
Webinar speakers share examples of how they use chronic absence data to unpack what are the causes of absenteeism so that schools, districts, and community partners can develop solutions tailored to local challenges and resources. These insights are even more important as states begin to make chronic absence data available in their school report cards.
Presenters: Ayeola Fortune, Senior Director, Impact and Global Results, United Way Worldwide; Lauren Bauer, Fellow in Economic Studies, The Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution; Vaughan Byrnes, Affiliated Researcher, Everyone Graduates Center; Jose Munoz, Director, Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership; Senator Bill Ferguson, Maryland's 46th District; Rochelle Davis, President and CEO, Healthy Schools Campaign; Hedy Chang and Annie Reed, Attendance Works
August 15, 2018
Reducing high levels of chronic absence is not a solo sport, but it can be fixed when schools and communities collaborate with multiple stakeholders such as sports teams, housing authorities, local government and more. Join Attendance Works’ third 2018 Attendance Awareness Campaign webinar and learn how to engage key partners. Hear how health care, early childhood, and national service volunteers are helping students and families overcome barriers to getting to school even when it isn’t easy.
Presenters: Ayeola Fortune, Senior Director, Impact and Global Results, United Way Worldwide; Latoya Smith, School Leader, Tulsa CAP; Alex Molina, Managing Director of Impact, City Year Providence; Janay Lewis, Second Year AmeriCorps Member, City Year Providence; Mandy Allison, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics at University of Colorado Denver; Hedy Chang, Cecelia Leong and Annie Reed, Attendance Works.
May 8, 2018
Teaming up for attendance is critical to reducing chronic absence! What are the secret ingredients that strong schools use to improve attendance? And how do their districts and community partners support their work? Join us for the second 2018 Attendance Awareness Campaign webinar as we welcome speakers from Antioch, California, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Children’s Aid National Center for Community Schools to share their recipes for success.
Presenters: Ayeola Fortune, United Way Worldwide; Lukas Weinstein, Senior Director of Regional Initiatives, Children’s Aid National Center for Community Schools; Daphne Strader, Director of Coordinated School Health, Albuquerque Public Schools; Dolores Espinosa, Assistant Principal, Lavaland Elementary School, Albuquerque Public Schools; Lindsay Wisely, Principal, Antioch Middle School; Hedy Chang and Cecelia Leong, Attendance Works.
March 28, 2018
Awareness that excellent attendance is vital for student success has never been greater. Today thirty-six states and the District of Columbia include chronic absence in their new state education accountability systems for the Every Student Succeeds Act. With one out of seven students in the U.S. chronically absent, we need leaders in every state and from every sector to mobilize their communities to action and to Team Up for Attendance!
Join Attendance Works and our 69 Attendance Awareness Campaign partners as we kick off the 2018 Attendance Awareness Campaign. You’ll hear how leaders at the state and district levels are uniquely positioned to energize attendance campaigns that result in improvements in school attendance. Presenters: Ayeola Fortune, United Way Worldwide; Dr. Carey Wright, State Superintendent of Education, Mississippi Department of Education; Charlene Russell-Tucker, Chief Operating Officer, Connecticut State Department of Education; Janet Schulze, Superintendent, Pittsburg, CA; Rev. Larry Simmons, Brightmoor Alliance, Detroit, MI; Hedy Chang and Cecelia Leong, Attendance Works.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 30, 2015
Featured Guests: Ben Chida & Jill Habig, California Department of Justice, Office of Attorney General Kamala Harris.
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