Hundreds of educators, social workers, administrators and advocates joined a virtual summit Thursday outlining the federal Every Student, Every Day initiative to address and eliminate chronic absence.
Opening remarks came from Deputy U.S. Secretary of Education John King, who will assume the duties of Education Secretary when Arne Duncan resigns at the end of the year. The online summit outlined key steps that states, districts and communities can take to improve student achievement by monitoring and reducing chronic absence.
Two of the nation’s leading experts on absenteeism –Johns Hopkins researcher Bob Balfanz from the Everyone Graduates Center and Attendance Works Director Hedy Chang – discussed the causes of and solutions to chronic absence. Leaders from New York City, Grand Rapids, Mich., and the state of Tennessee then spoke about their efforts to improve achievement by reducing absences. The e-summit was hosted by the United Way Worldwide.
If you missed it, or just want to review what you saw:
- View the virtual summit recording
- View the Presentation Slides
- View Deputy Secretary King’s opening comments
- Links from e-summit
We included links to research, organizations and tools mentioned in Thursday’s e-suumit and are reviewing the chat for links that participants posted. We’re also preparing answers to questions submitted, but not answered during Thursday’s e-summit.