When a community or school has high levels of chronic absence, it’s time to collaborate with multiple stakeholders. Local pediatricians, after school providers, sports teams, housing authorities, local agencies and more can help support the work and offer needed supports to students and families.
Each school and its community partners should determine how they can use available resources to provide as rich an array of supports as possible, that would motivate students and their families to attend every day. The emphasis should be on the “positive,” because research findings show that problem-solving, supportive approaches are more successful and cost-effective than punitive strategies.
How do schools engage community partners, and how can community partners support local efforts to reduce chronic absence?
Find out, by registering for the next Attendance Awareness Month Campaign webinar, Team Up for Attendance: Community Matters, on August 15, 11-12:30 pm (PT) / 2-3:30 pm (ET). In this webinar we’ll discuss how community partners representing health care, early childhood, and national service volunteers are helping students and families overcome barriers to getting to school every day possible, even when it isn’t easy. Register here!
You’ll hear from our guest speakers:
- Mandy Allison, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics at University of Colorado Denver
- Alex Molina, Managing Director of Impact, City Year Providence
- Janay Lewis, City Year Providence Corps Member
- Latoya Smith, School Leader, Tulsa CAP
- Hedy Chang, Cecelia Leong Attendance Works
All of us can make a difference by helping create a positive school climate that engages students and families in learning and sets the expectation that attendance matters. Don’t miss out! Register here for the Community Matters webinar today!
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.
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