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Does Attendance Really Count in our Community? These are the results to the self-assessment exercise led by Hedy Chang during lunch time at the Community Literacy Summit.

Does Attendance Really Count in our Community? These are the results to the self-assessment exercise led by Hedy Chang during lunch time at the Community Literacy Summit.

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    • Does Attendance Really Count in Our Community? Results from Lunchtime Self-Assessment Facilitated by Hedy Nai-Lin Chang Attendees participated in the Community Self-Assessment facilitated by Hedy Chang of Attendance Works on September 25, 2013 at the Community Literacy Summit 2013 which was held at Aquinas College. The self- assessment was conducted in the Wege Ballroom during lunch. 6 3 29 13 1 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Strength Ok for Now Could Be Better Urgent Gap Don't Know 1. We are aware of what is chronic absence and why it is important to work together to monitor and intervene when students are missing 10% or more of school for any reason. 4 4 17 16 10 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 Strength Ok for Now Could Be Better Urgent Gap Don't Know 2. We know how many students are chronically absent overall and by grade (starting in K) and have determined which schools, preschools, and populations are most affected.
    • 1 4 21 13 14 0 5 10 15 20 25 Strength Ok for Now Could Be Better Urgent Gap Don't Know 3. Our school district(s) regularly shares and reviews chronic absence data with key community stakeholders to identify implications for action and resource allocation. 1 12 26 6 8 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Strength Ok for Now Could Be Better Urgent Gap Don't Know 4. We are raising awareness of all community members, especially parents and students, about the importance of building the habit of going to school every day matters starting in kindergarten & preschool. 2 6 23 11 18 0 5 10 15 20 25 Strength Ok for Now Could Be Better Urgent Gap Don't Know 5. We are working together to build a culture of attendance by recognizing and offering incentives for good and improved attendance.
    • 4 5 15 10 17 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 Strength Ok for Now Could Be Better Urgent Gap Don't Know 6. We reach out to chronically absent children & their families and find out what would help to improve their attendance. 4 5 8 2 34 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 Strength Ok for Now Could Be Better Urgent Gap Don't Know 7. We only use legal action as a last resort to intervene after less expensive, positive supports have failed. 3 0 20 10 18 0 5 10 15 20 25 Strength Ok for Now Could Be Better Urgent Gap Don't Know 8. We provide professional development to help educate administrators, teachers, support staff & community partners understand why chronic absence matters & how they can help improve attendance.
    • Steps our community could take to move forward: 1. Continue to support our PTA & principals to stress the importance of attendance. 2. Greet & know the children in our children’s schools. 3. Highlight & appreciate commitment of school attendance for our tutoring students. 4. More rewards for good and improved attendance. 5. More community awareness & involvement. 6. Better communication with stakeholders. 7. Make sure each school and principal complies with attendance standards. 8. Provide professional development for administrators, teachers, support staff & community partners. 9. Enforce laws, use legal action when children are chronically absent. 10. Continue to raise awareness of chronic absenteeism. 11. Help parents, especially of pre-K & K students to set good habits early. 12. Education should be a privilege with stipulations—not only a right. 13. Hold higher standards. 14. More realistic standards & testing – evaluating. 15. Make this a priority, visible message among community leaders. 16. Make a priority to community through students & parents. 17. Make data and “bright spots” easily, publicly accessible. 18. Improve outreach. 19. Help educate adults who are not currently working / living with children. 20. Volunteer to mentor a student. 21. Learn more about how this issue affects our communities and share the knowledge with friends and co-workers. 22. More money. 23. Make a Vine—“What you’ll miss…” from an innovative teacher 24. Paving the way to success—showing initiative so kids can get to school on time. 25. Have struggling parents be paired with a mentor. 26. Spread the word about attendance initiatives. 27. Share my knowledge and ideas with others. 28. In training teachers, include strategies for engagement & communication with stakeholders. 29. More education to the community. 30. Constructing broad and authentic neighborhood engagement/family engagement. 31. Working with community partners. 32. Education policy change. 4 1 19 9 19 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 Strength Ok for Now Could Be Better Urgent Gap Don't Know 9. We have set measurable and achievable goals for improving attendance and reducing chronic absence.