About This Event
Educators understand how critical school attendance is for academic success. Federal and state policy has raised the bar for districts and schools in their duty to lower chronic absenteeism rates; and increasingly, education systems across the country are developing effective strategies for responding to this challenge.
To kick off our Every Student, Every Day initiative, we’re bringing together schools, community and statewide leaders for a one-day summit to strengthen the connection between school attendance and academic achievement through research-based practices and strategies.
Hosted by United Way of Greater Kansas City, Turn the Page KC and School Smart KC, this discussion will explore the many challenges of chronic absenteeism and identify collaborative solutions with specific emphasis on school culture, student engagement, relationship building and parent involvement, public awareness and social services support.
Date: Monday, November 5, 2018
Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO 64110
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
- 9 - 10:10 a.m. Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker, Hedy Chang, Executive Director, Attendance Works
- 10:20 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
- 12:15 p.m. Lunch and Panel Discussion, “Reducing Chronic Absence: What Works”
- 1:25 p.m. Concluding Remarks
- 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. (Optional) Post-Summit Discussion: Using Data to Inform Strategy
What to Expect
Hear from the nation’s foremost expert on the issue, Hedy N. Chang, founder and executive director of Attendance Works, a national non-profit initiative focused on advancing student success and reducing equity gaps by addressing chronic absence.
- Connect with other educators from across the metro around strategies for improving school attendance and reducing chronic absence.
- Choose from a set of action-oriented breakout sessions designed to share knowledge, spur collaboration and build upon local efforts to ensure student success.
- Breakout Sessions Include*:
- Social service safety net — providing holistic support beyond the school building to meet basic needs of every student and family
- Fostering a strong school culture — relationship building with students and families
- Building public awareness — explore the role of parents, community leaders, businesses and other stakeholders in supporting school attendance
- Student mobility and attendance — discuss approaches to supporting highly mobile students
- In school on day one — building strong, positive attendance habits in preschool and early elementary years
- Healthy students, healthy school — healthcare access as an attendance strategy
- Success with Mentors — using positive adult role models and mentorships to intentionally curb absenteeism
* subject to change
This summit is for superintendents, board members, principals, counselors, teachers, nurses, coordinators and liaisons, school resource officers, public agency staff and parents
More About Hedy N. Chang
Hedy is the founder and executive director of the non-profit initiative, Attendance Works. Attendance Works is the nation’s “go to” resource for strategies to reduce chronic absence (missing more than 10% of school for any reason). Since its founding in 2010, Attendance Works successfully moved chronic absence from a little-known term to a required reporting and optional school accountability metric in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Hedy has spent three decades working in the fields of family support, family economic success, education and child development. She served as a senior program officer at the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund and as co-director of California Tomorrow, a nonprofit committed to drawing strength from cultural, linguistic and racial diversity. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and B.A. from Occidental College.