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How Family Engagement Can Improve Student Engagement and Attendance

March 28, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

In a continued effort to boost family engagement practices between school and home, the U.S. Department of Education has partnered with Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Overdeck Family Foundation to launch a virtual Family Engagement Learning Series. The six-month series will explore bright spots in the field and provide education leaders and practitioners with resources and evidence-based strategies to support student success.

The second webinar in this series will focus on how family engagement can improve school attendance and student engagement with their learning. We know students who are chronically absent—meaning they miss at least 18 days of school in a year—are at serious risk of falling behind in school. Even before the pandemic, eight million students fit into this category. Now, the numbers are even worse: some estimates show that the number of students chronically absent doubled to 16 million in 2021-22, affecting one in three students nationwide. There are no easy solutions to this problem, but family engagement practices do offer some promise when it comes to improving attendance and student engagement.

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, March 28th at 1 p.m. EST to hear from experts in the field who will share the latest research and on-the-ground lessons for how family engagement has helped their states, districts, and schools measurably boost attendance and student engagement. The conversation will be moderated by Hedy Chang, Founder and Executive Director of Attendance Works, and will focus on the work of EveryDay Labs, Parent Teacher Home Visits, and TalkingPoints, which all have evidence of improving attendance, together with districts that have implemented these practices using American Rescue Plan Funding and ESSER II funds.

We are excited to welcome the following confirmed panelists:

o Hedy Chang, Founder/Executive Director, Attendance Works

o Kate Pechacek, National Senior Director of Impact Solutions, Talking Points

o Gina Martinez-Keddy, Executive Director, Parent Teacher Home Visits (PTHV)

o Todd Rogers, Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

o Kari Sullivan, Connecticut State Department of Education

o Susan Fergusson, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Torrington Public Schools (CT)

School and district attendees will walk away with knowledge about what funding is available to improve attendance and student engagement, and what evidence-based resources and practices can help them accomplish these goals.

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