[WEBINAR] A Deeper Dive: Lessons Learned about Improving Attendance Among Our Most Vulnerable Students

Chronic absence is higher, for example, among students involved in the child welfare system as well as those living in public housing or struggling to find stable housing.   Join this webinar to learn about what works from a panel of practitioners involved in cutting edge initiatives. During this webinar, we will especially focus on the critical importance of cross agency data sharing and Collaboration. You will have the opportunity to learn from the following leaders in this work:

  • Ellie Rossiter, Initiative Officer and Partnership Director, HOPE SF will describe HOPE SF, a cross-sector initiative dedicated to transforming public housing without large scale displacement. Learn how HOPE SF led an effort to reduce chronic absence among students in public housing by combining the power of resident-led strategies with interagency data sharing, and strategic partnerships.
  • Casey Schutte, Director of Implementation, will describe the work of FosterEd, an initiative of the National Center for Youth Law working to improve the educational outcomes of system-involved students. Learn how FosterEd has improved attendance among students in foster care by ensuring that each student (1) is supported by an interagency education team, (2) has an individual education champion, and (3) has an education plan based on the student’s strengths and needs.
  • Sarah Jonas, the Deputy Executive Director of the NYCDOE Office of Community Schools and Sarah Peterson, the Director of Research and Development of the NYCDOE Office of Community Schools, will present an overview of chronic absenteeism in New York City’s schools, explore its negative impact on the City’s most vulnerable youth – including students in temporary housing, foster care and shelters, and will offer proven, low-cost strategies to supporting these youth that were developed through New York City’s Community School’s Initiative, one of the largest and most comprehensive efforts to combat chronic absenteeism to date. Participants will be sent a set of links to starting strong documents, and helpful online tools and resources for working and supporting these youth.

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