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Effective Attendance Messaging and Interventions: Nudging Students and Parents to Engage

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Effective Attendance Messaging and Interventions: Nudging Students and Parents to Engage

Presented by Hedy Chang, Executive Director, Attendance Works; and Peter Bergman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Columbia University
Hosted by Joanna Smith, Founder and CEO, AllHere Intelligent Attendance Interventions

Sponsored by AllHere

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Researchers have found that “nudges” to students and their families regarding their attendance can reduce absenteeism and improve overall student engagement. Most schools experienced challenges with attendance and student participation during the recent distance learning scenario of COVID-19, and with distance learning likely to continue in some form or another this fall/winter, developing a robust attendance interventions and student participation strategy should be on every district’s must-have list for the 2020/21 school year.

Join this edWebinar to learn how simple attendance intervention measures can be applied to improve student engagement during distance learning. Hear from Dr. Peter Bergman, Assistant Professor at Columbia University, who will discuss his research and recommendations for engaging students and parents. He will be joined by Hedy Chang and Joanna Smith who will provide best practices on implementing attendance interventions at scale.

Key takeaways of this edWebinar are:

  • The latest research findings on attendance interventions and student engagement for the remote learning era.
  • Learn how data-insights can arm educators with indicators on students who may require additional support, and why.
  • Hear how technology-powered solutions can intelligently automate the nudging and outreach to students and families in response to early indicators of disengagement.

This edWebinar will be of interest to school and district leaders of elementary through high school. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


Hedy JangAbout the Presenters

Hedy Chang is the executive director of Attendance Works, a national 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.


Peter Bergman

Peter Bergman, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of economics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

His research focuses on field experiments designed to improve financial and educational outcomes for low-income families. Bergman’s research has involved field experiments providing translated text messages to families about their child’s academic progress, for which he won the Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Award. His current interests in higher education include studying the returns to STEM-related degrees, testing strategies to improve take-up of education-related tax-benefits, and assessing the effects of these benefits on student outcome.


Joanna SmithAbout the Host

Joanna Smith works in the education technology space to support school and district leaders to improve learning and life outcomes for K-12 students. She founded AllHere as CEO. The startup software company built a Chronic Absenteeism Campaign System at the Harvard University Innovation Lab and began partnering with schools soon after. AllHere currently serves K-12 students, student services professionals and reduced thousands of student absences in the school year across the U.S. Prior to founding AllHere, Joanna served as manager of a school’s family engagement initiatives and was the research associate of the Redesign Lab, the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s K-12 national education reform division.


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AllHereAllHere combines the power of technology and research to deliver innovative, scalable, and evidence-based interventions to improve student engagement and attendance. The company’s foundation in research, in-depth data analysis process, and ability to handle the entire process of supporting students and families makes it a best-in-class solution for reducing absenteeism.


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