Forging Partnerships to Get Students to School
In this webinar archive, speakers from the fields of education, mental health, law enforcement, and juvenile justice discuss ways to forge strong partnerships to reduce chronic absenteeism. This webinar was co-sponsored by the Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd, the California Department of Education and Attendance Works.
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Coordinated Student Support & Adult Ed. Division, California Department of Education
Director, Student Health & Human Services
Los Angeles Unified School District
Assistant District Attorney
Office of the Alameda County District Attorney
Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services
Did you know? Chronic student absence—missing more than 10 percent of school during a single school year for any reason—is a serious challenge affecting the well-being of students, families, schools and the communities in which they live. Starting as early as kindergarten and prekindergarten, chronic absence is an early warning sign of trouble in school and may eventually lead to a student dropping out of school. Nationwide, as many as one out of 10 students is chronically absent and levels are even higher in some California schools and communities. High levels of chronic absence can be a sign that families and students are having difficulty getting to school because they face significant health, social and economic challenges.
The good news is you can help reduce chronic absence by helping schools, communities and families forge strong partnerships to nurture a culture of attendance and address common barriers to getting to class. This September, you can join communities throughout California and the country in launching Attendance Awareness Month and engaging everyone in helping to reduce chronic absence. To learn more, join us for this webinar showcasing examples of schools, juvenile justice, law enforcement, and mental health agencies working together to help children get to school so they have a chance to learn and thrive.
This webinar is aimed at California educators, including teachers, staff, and administrators at the school and district levels; as well as social service, juvenile justice, law enforcement ,and mental health practitioners and managers. Practitioners from around the U. S. are also encouraged to participate. This webinar is co-sponsored by the Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd, the California Department of Education and Attendance Works.
- Hedy Chang, Director, Attendance Works
- Dr. Debra Duardo, MSW, Ed.D., Executive Director, Student Health & Human Services, Los Angeles Unified School District
- Teresa Drenick, Assistant District Attorney, Alameda County District Attorney's office
- Kim Suderman, LCSW, Director, Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services
They will share strategies for:
- Identifying root causes of absenteeism and possible solutions in your agency/community
- Using September Attendance Awareness Month to take action to reduce absences
- Applying the tools of "Collective Impact" to build collaboration among agencies
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