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The Power of Present:
A National Summit on Student Absenteeism

Hosted by EveryDay Labs in collaboration with Attendance Works

Watch the Keynotes

How We Do It

Proactive Engagement

Our data experts proactively enroll families in the program as their students become at risk of being academically off track due to chronic absenteeism.

Nonpunitive Messaging

We send nudges by text and mail that help families better understand their children’s attendance, are written to be accessible for all families, and provide actionable information through tested messaging.

Impactful Timing

The evidence-based outreach cadence is customized to engage families at the most important moments on your academic calendar.

Data Tells a Story: The Narrative & How We Change It

Presented by Hedy N. Chang, Executive Director & President at Attendance Works

In this keynote, Hedy N. Chang: 

  • Did a deep dive into national data sets to highlight key trends and patterns 
  • Put a spotlight on what trends and patterns to watch for in your district 
  • Provided insights into how to use data to align supports to get students back on track 
  • Defined what progress means and how to measure it

Fostering Change with Evidence-Based Strategies for Improvement

Presented by Phyllis W. Jordan, Associate Director at FutureEd

In this keynote, Phyllis W. Jordan: 

  • Provided a national overview of funding and how it’s being invested
  • Discussed how funding can be allocated to drive more equitable outcomes
  • Shared key evidence-based strategies for attendance and school improvement

Now More Than Ever: Family Engagement is Essential for Student and School Success

Presented by Dr. Karen L. Mapp, Senior Lecturer on Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education

In this keynote, Dr. Karen L. Mapp: 

  • Articulated the essential conditions for effective family engagement and supporting research
  • Discussed what it means to implement the 2019 Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships with fidelity 
  • Talked about how to cultivate and sustain liberatory (free of dominance), solidarity-driven (in union and fellowship), and equity-focused (fair and just) family engagement 

Serving the Whole Child: Aligning Supports to Catalyze Student Success

Presented by Pam Allyn, Author, Speaker, Founder & CEO of Dewey Community & Dr. Ernest Morrell, Professor & Director of the Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame

In this keynote, Pam Allyn and Dr. Ernest Morrell:

  • Guided leaders to consider the strengths and challenges of current programs
  • Shared how to build from strengths and align efforts to drive school improvement
  • Inspired leaders to focus on practices that take a whole-child approach to student success

Engaging Students and Families to Improve Student Outcomes at Scale

A panel featuring Chelsea Montgomery, Executive Director of Student Services, Fulton County Schools; Sarah Peterson, Senior Director of Attendance, Research and Innovation, New York City Department of Education; Dr. Todd Rogers, Cofounder, EveryDay Labs; and moderated by Dr. Nicole Bosworth, Senior Director of District Partnerships, EveryDay Labs.

District Leader Panel: Lessons From the Field

A panel featuring featuring: Eric Bethel, Instructional Superintendent, District of Columbia Public Schools; Dr. Shadae Harris, Chief Engagement Officer, Richmond Public Schools; Derek Little, Dallas Independent School District, Deputy Chief of Teaching and Learning, Chelsea Montgomery, Executive Director, Office of Student Services, Fulton County Schools; Katie Casstevens, Administrative Supervisor, Department of Student Support Services, Austin Independent School District; and, moderated by Dr. Todd Rogers, Cofounder, EveryDay Labs.

Getting students on track starts with attendance. We can help.