Date: August 27, 2013
Presenters: Hedy Chang, Attendance Works; Gordon Jackson, Calif. Department of Education; Debra Duardo, Los Angeles Unified School District; Teresa Drenick, Office of the Alameda County District Attorney; Kim Suderman, Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services
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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 (2013), you can join communities throughout California and the country in launching Attendance Awareness Month and engaging everyone in helping to reduce chronic absence. This archived 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.

In this archived webinar, presenters 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

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.

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