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Creating Positive Relationships is a Key Part of Increasing Attendance

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Creating Positive Relationships is a Key Part of Increasing Attendance

On Wednesday, September 29, IEL along with our partners at Attendance Works hosted the fourth and final installment of a 2021 webinar series about reversing chronic absenteeism. Panelists that included IEL Vice President for Leadership and Engagement Kwesi Rollins, shared strategies on using data, building targeted teams, and more to curb chronic absenteeism in the return to full in-person learning.

Kara Arundel at K-12 Dive captured the “7 strategies to prevent chronic absenteeism in the return to school” that were discussed during the session.

“Building strong, trusting relationships between school and homes was important pre-pandemic, but it’s even more critical now,” said IEL’s Rollins.

“Schools should make sure families and staff feel safe and supported by being empathic to their needs, as well as taking a positive, problem-solving approach to individual circumstances. “Now, more than ever, we need strong relationships and in many cases we need to repair relationships.”

See the other strategies and read the full summary of the session below:

  1. Create Positive Relationships
  2. Let Data Guide Interventions
  3. Build a Team Response
  4. Set Up Different Pathways for Engagement
  5. Have a tiered approach
  6. Focus on transition grades
  7. Make communications clear and brief