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The Power of Present:
A National Summit on Student
Attendance & Engagement

Hosted by EveryDay Labs in collaboration with Attendance Works

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 suggests nearly 16 million students, about one-third, were chronically absent last year. That's double pre-pandemic numbers. That means up to 3.3 million 8th–12th graders are at-risk of dropping out.

To support district leaders as they grapple with this reality, EveryDay Labs hosted its second national summit on student attendance and engagement. During the course of the summit, we examined what attendance and engagement mean in the context of a system reshaped by the pandemic. We shared what’s working in school districts and built on existing practices to author a story of attendance and engagement.

Featured Thought Leaders

Hedy N. Chang
Hedy N. Chang
Executive Director and President, Attendance Works
Dr. Todd Rogers
Cecelia Leong,
Vice President of Programs, Attendance Works
Pam Allyn
Pam Allyn
Author; Advocate; Founder, LitWorld; Cofounder, Dewey
Phyllis W. Jordan
Phyllis W. Jordan
Associate Director, FutureEd

Featured Education Leaders

Shelneka A. Adams
Child Welfare & Attendance Liaison, Louisiana Department of Education
Dr. Derek Little
Deputy Chief of Teaching and Learning, Dallas ISD
Sarah Peterson
Senior Director of Attendance, Research and Innovation, NYC Schools
Shelly Huddleston
Chief of School Leadership, San Angelo ISD
Adrian Acosta
Officer of Academic Instructional Technology, Houston ISD
Tyree Pollard
Director of Attendance, Columbus City Schools

On-Demand Keynotes

Serious Joy from School to Home and Back Again: Empowering Families for Student Achievement and Wellbeing

Presented by Pam Allyn, founder and CEO, Dewey

In this keynote, Pam:

  • Shares meaningful ways to engage families and communities for students to thrive in school and in life.
  • Empowers district leaders in developing joyful, lifelong learners within the classroom, the school, and the community.
  • Provides a strength-based framework focused on belonging, connectedness, and knowledge to transform family engagement into family empowerment districtwide.

Rising To The Challenge: Working Together To Promote Engagement and Attendance

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

In this keynote, Hedy shares:

Policy to Practice: Sustaining Attendance and Engagement Post Relief Funding

Presented by Phyllis W. Jordan, Associate Director of FutureEd; Dr. Derek Little, Deputy Chief of Teaching and Learning, Dallas ISD

In this keynote, Phyllis and Derek share:

RESET: Restoring Every Student Every Teacher

Presented by Shelneka A. Adams, Child Welfare & Attendance Liaison, Louisiana Department of Education

In this keynote, Shelneka shares:

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