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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 Works • Research Track
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.