Tackling Chronic Absenteeism II

Friday, March 29, 2019

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Registration: 8:00 am  

Cost: $120 per person for members/$240 per person for non-members

***Participants will receive 6.5 hours of CTLE credit*** 

UAlbany Health Sciences Campus Room 110A

This conference will explore strategies to improve student attendance at both the elementary and secondary school levels.


Schools must address and eliminate barriers to student daily attendance and meaningful engagement. This is particularly true for:

  • Students facing poverty

  • Children of color

  • Homeless or highly mobile students

  • Students facing trauma and mental illness

  • Students with disabilities

  • Students contending with the juvenile justice system

James Baldwin said: "We can make a difference. We can remember that these kids are our kids; they are all our children.  We will all profit by, or pay for, whatever they become."

This conference is meant to bring together educators to exchange meaningful information, ideas, practices and resources. 

Conference Agenda: 

8:00 to 8:30       Registration
8:30 to 8:45       Welcome/Overview/Brain Activator
8:45 to 9:45       Using Attendance Data: What Data, How to Obtain Data, Ways to Communicate Data, Data for                                  Attendance Teams: Elementary and Secondary Groups 
9:45 to 10:00     BREAK
10:00 to 12:00   Improving the Attendance of Students at Risk
12:00 to 12:45   LUNCH
12:45 to 1:45     Choose One:
                             *** How to Conduct Home Visits in 2019
                             *** Practicing the Conduct of Restorative Circles to Improve Chronic Absenteeism
1:45 to 2:50       Sharing Practices that Work in Elementary and Secondary Groups
                            Action Planning
2:50 to 3:00       Reflection




Antonio Abitabile, Principal, Hudson HS
Brian Bishop, Assistant Principal, Averill Park HS
Andrew Kourt, Principal, Walter B. Howe ES, New Lebanon CSD
Rebecca Carman,  Director of Policy and Community Development, Shenendehowa CSD
Lucas LaBarre, Assistant Principal, Shen HS East
Niki Tebbano, Student Assistance Counselor, Shen HS East
Nancy Graziano, Teacher, Hudson CSD
Valerie Spensieri, Teacher, Hudson CSD
Kim Favreau, Student Assistance Counselor, APHS
John Zehnder, Restorative Practices Coordinator, APHS
Rebecca Gardner, CASDA Faculty

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