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Taking a Team Approach: An Essential Strategy for Reducing Chronic Absence

Thursday, October 12, 2017 • 11:20am


Reducing chronic absence is not a solo sport. Rather it requires a team that can a) use data to identify who is most effective and monitor progress, b) develop a schoolwide plan of action and c) engage in triage to ensure students at risk receive the supports they need.

Presented by Attendance WorksResearch Track

Hedy Chang, Ph.D., Attendance Works

Hedy Nai-Lin Chang directs Attendance Works, a national and state level initiative aimed at advancing student success by addressing chronic absence. A skilled presenter, facilitator, researcher and writer, she co-authored the seminal report, Present, Engaged and Accounted For: The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades, as well as numerous other articles about student attendance. Deeply committed to promoting two-generation solutions to achieving a more just and equitable society, Hedy has spent more than two decades working in the fields of family support, family economic success, education and child development. She served as a senior program officer at the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund and as co-director of California Tomorrow, a nonprofit committed to drawing strength from cultural, linguistic and racial diversity. In February 2013, Hedy was named by the White House as a Champion of Change for her commitment to furthering African American Education.

Dr. Chang is also offering the opening keynote, Ensuring An Equal Opportunity To Learn By Reducing Chronic Absence.


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