SXSW EDU 2020
Cracking the Code on Chronic Absenteeism
The age old problem of skipping school has become a national epidemic. Nearly eight million students are chronically absent - meaning they miss a month or more of school each year. Chronic absenteeism is associated with lower academic achievement and increased dropout rates. This panel will discuss how chronic absenteeism is a measure of student wellness and will offer evidenced-based solutions that all educators and communities can use to help every student attend school every day.
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- Identify techniques for community organizing and collaboration that are integrated into efforts to transform schools and reduce chronic absenteeism.
- Describe how early warning data tools are helping schools and districts monitor and act on chronic absenteeism before it becomes a problem.
- Discuss how an evidenced-based success mentorship program is helping chronically absent students gain as much as a month or more of school.
- Sarah Peterson, Director of Research and Development, Office of Community Schools at NYCDOE
- Joshua Childs, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin
- Mark Dunetz, President, New Visions for Public Schools
- Rekha Balu, Director, Center for Applied Behavioral Science at MDRC
Sarah Peterson, Director of Research & Development, New York Department of Education