Improve Attendance with Simple Schoolwide Strategies


Speaker: Sue Fothergill

$197.00 + shipping and handling

SKU: 092415

Webinar Description

Everyone knows the rule: children should miss as little school as possible.

The problem is many parents and teachers don’t really understand that attendance is about more than following rules. Research consistently shows that regular school attendance is critical to a child’s success.

Children who miss too much school in kindergarten and 1st grade often struggle to read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade, and by 6th grade chronic absence is a key predictor of dropping out.

How do you get your staff and families to take attendance more seriously—as seriously as they take high-quality instruction and an engaging, rigorous curriculum?

Join Sue Fothergill from Attendance Works for a 2-hour webinar on a simple schoolwide, tiered approach that gets everyone focused on improving attendance. Learn how to incorporate improving attendance into your existing programs that promote academic achievement, such as Response to Intervention or Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports.

Sue will motivate you to take the lead on this issue. She will share lots of ideas, strategies and resources for mobilizing teachers, students and families to reduce absenteeism. With the right tools, improving attendance is one of the simpler paths to increasing student achievement!

Webinar Topics

• What chronic absence is and why it matters so much for student achievement
• How to analyze attendance data in order to identify students most affected by chronic absence
• First steps in developing schoolwide tiered interventions for improving attendance
• Key strategies for mobilizing staff and families around this issue
• Organizing an effective attendance team–the key functions the team should serve
• 5 proven strategies to reduce chronic absenteeism
• Effective messages for getting staff and family support of regular attendance


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About the Speaker

Sue Fothergill

As Senior Policy Associate for Attendance Works, Sue Fothergill provides technical assistance to communities across the country working to improve attendance. Since December 2008, Sue has served as Director of the Baltimore Student Attendance Campaign. She chairs the Baltimore Student Attendance Collaborative, a partnership of 20 non-profit and public agencies and the School Committee of the Baltimore Grade Level Reading Campaign.

Sue has more than a decade of experience in community organizing, policy analysis and advocacy and has worked to ensure that the policies and practices of state and city agencies positively affect student outcomes. Prior to her work leading the attendance campaign, she served as an Education Advocate for the ACLU of Maryland. She is a co-founder of the Baltimore Education Coalition, and three arts-integrated public charter schools; City Neighbors Charter School, City Neighbors Hamilton, and City Neighbors High School. Sue has a BA in Government and Public Policy from the University of Baltimore.


Frequently Asked Questions

How does a webinar work?

It’s simple. On the day of the event, you click on the link we provide. Enter your name and email address and you’re in! If your computer has good audio, the audio will be streamed to your computer along with the PowerPoint presentation. If your computer does not have audio, a phone number is provided so that you can access the audio by speaker phone.

How many can access the event per registration?

Registration is by site, not by individual, so there is no limit to the number of people who can participate at your site. We do request no more than one phone connection per site.

My school district only pays by purchase order. Do you accept POs?

Yes. You may fax the PO to 815-461-5647 or call us at 207-632-1954. Please include the full name and email address of the registrant.

What is the difference between the recording link and the CD-ROM?

Both include the synchronized audio and PowerPoint, but the link may only be accessed for 30 days. The CD-ROM provides a permanent record of the webinar.