06 Jun

Must Be Present to Win Webinar

How Local Communities Can Encourage Student Attendance in September

June 7, 2013, 12-1:15pm Central

Visit bit.ly/11mxHgn to register

Whether it’s attending a high-quality preschool program, an enriching summer learning opportunity or a challenging instructional program at their local school, children need to be present to benefit. Yet, across the country, as many as 7.5 million school-age children are chronically absent. In Central Texas, students miss a combined 2.4 million class days per year.

School attendance is essential to academic success, but too often students, parents and schools do not realize how quickly absences—excused as well as unexcused—can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence—missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month—can translate into third graders unable to master reading, sixth graders failing courses and ninth graders dropping out of high school. The impact hits low-income students, who most depend on school for providing opportunities to learn, particularly hard.

More than 450 people representing 270 communities across the country have committed to raising awareness about the importance of good attendance by signing up to make this September the first-ever Attendance Awareness Month. You too can learn more about how to join this growing movement by going to: http://www.attendanceworks.org/attendancemonth/

Join us as we hear from these local leaders about how they are enlisting a broad range of stakeholders and their plans for the fall. We are pleased to welcome:

  • Agnes Chiao, Vice President of Collective Impact, United Way of Salt Lake
  • Ken Kippenbrock, Director of Pupil Personnel Covington Independent Public Schools, Kentucky
  • Amy Jones, Volunteer Co-Captain, Missing School Matters Task Force, E3 Alliance, Austin, TX

In addition, representatives from Attendance Works will share the latest resources for launching Attendance Awareness Month, including ideas for hosting an “Attendance House Party.” Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what you can do to rally your community to send the message that going to school every day matters for success in school and in life.

Visit http://bit.ly/11mxHgn to register.

To learn more about the attendance crisis in Central Texas, visit www.missingschoolmatters.org.

Special thanks to United Way Worldwide, a collaborating partner for Attendance Awareness Month, for hosting this free webinar.