2017 Central Texas Attendance Summit

E3 Alliance hosted the inaugural Central Texas Attendance Summit on October 16, 2017. There were over 14 districts that brought teams to learn about local attendance research, data and continuous improvement tools. Teams received their chronic absence bright spot data, completed a needs assessment and used their data to create a targeted action plan for their school.

E3 Alliance will use feedback from the Summit to drive future attendance work to include:

  • Development of a webinar that provides common definitions and tiered strategies to improve attendance
  • Piloting a Success Mentors Initiative focused on chronically absent students based on school interest
  • Designing a Peer Learning Network to support continuous improvement processes focused on attendance in the region

We look forward to hosting the 2nd annual Central Texas Attendance Summit in 2018.

Click on links below to view the Summit Keynote Address & Break Out Session power point presentations:

Keynote
Chronic Absence: A Solvable Problem Within Our Reach
Hedy Chang, Executive Director, Attendance Works

Elementary Success Mentors: Leveraging Data and Relationships to Improve Attendance
Hedy Chang, Executive Director, Attendance Works
This workshop will provide an overview of the Elementary Success Mentors Model; participants will receive an implementation guide.

Why Are Students Absent and What Can We Do About It?
Dr. Amy Wiseman, E3 Alliance and Dr. Joshua Childs, UT Austin
Participants will hear the results of an absence research study and how the results guided data collection, improvement processes, and attendance interventions at a local school district.

*Bright Spots: Q&A Panel With Exemplar Schools
Moderator: D Thompson, E3 Alliance
Panelists: John Armbrust, Austin Achieve; Javier Dimas, IDEA; Bryan Miller, Leander ISD; Jennifer Pace, Austin ISD
Success stories and strategies will be shared by attendance bright spots in Central Texas.

Missing School Matters Campaign
Moderator: Khotan Shahbazi-Harmon, E3 Alliance
Panelists: Bobby Jenkins, ABC Home & Commercial; Lonny Stern, Cap Metro; Leonor Vargas, AISD; and Rocky Zepeda, DVISD
Cross-sector partners will share how they support attendance initiatives in the region.

*Secondary Success Mentors: Leveraging Data and Relationships to Improve Attendance
Moderator: Ty Davidson, Austin ISD
Panelists: Harry Brooks, David Crissey, Sheila Henry, Sheryl Sherman, and Lola Shores
Several Austin ISD secondary schools have implemented the Success Mentors Initiative to combat chronic absenteeism. Panelists will share successes and lessons learned over the last two years.

If You Build It, They Will Come
Matt Pope, E3 Alliance
This session, led by a former middle school principal, will focus on Tier I Campus Culture that is the foundation of your school and fundamental for improving school attendance.

Truancy and Tier 3 Interventions
Leander ISD Team: Olga Alvarado, Rachelle Arteaga, Cynthia Bode, Sandy Scott, and Carrie Tawil
Participants will learn about Leander ISD’s processes used to address truancy.

Asthma and Academic Potential
Diane Rhodes, North East ISD
This session with address asthma management in schools.

*Not all Break Out Sessions had a .PPT

Click on links below to view the media from event: