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Taking an Evidence-Based Approach to Reducing Absenteeism

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Taking an Evidence-Based Approach to Reducing Absenteeism

Presented by Todd Rogers, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, and Chief Scientist, EveryDay Labs; Phyllis W. Jordan, Editorial Director for FutureEd, Georgetown University; and Scott SchmidtBonne, Director of Research, Omaha Public Schools
Hosted by Emily Bailard, CEO of EveryDay Labs

Sponsored by EveryDay Labs

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Chronic student absenteeism is an equity epidemic—it impacts short- and long-term student outcomes and school performance. Each year almost 8 million students are chronically absent for complex reasons, presenting educators with a unique challenge. Watch Dr. Todd Rogers and Phyllis Jordan in a panel on implementing evidence-based interventions that make a measurable impact on attendance, and, in turn, student outcomes moving the needle on district-wide goals.

District leaders will learn more about:

  • Evidence-based strategies for improving attendance at scale
  • Applying behavioral science insights to mobilize families to support attendance outcomes
  • The need for a higher standard of evidence when it comes to education interventions

Viewers will have the opportunity to hear from a fellow district leader about implementing evidence-based Absence Reports to reduce absenteeism. This recorded edLeader Panel will be of interest to kindergarten through high school district leaders. This presentation is an edLeader Panel and CE certificates will not be provided.


Todd RogersAbout the Panelists

Todd Rogers is a Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Chief Scientist at EveryDay Labs. He is a behavioral scientist who studies how mobilizing and empowering students’ social networks can increase student success. He founded the Student Social Support R&D Lab at Harvard to use data and behavioral science to develop and prove scalable, high ROI interventions that mobilize and empower students’ social support systems to improve achievement. As Chief Science Adviser, Todd leads EveryDay Labs’ research and innovation, leveraging evidence from EveryDay Labs’ RCTs, research from the Harvard S3 Lab, and academic research to improve the effectiveness of our programs. Todd received his Ph.D. jointly from Harvard’s Department of Psychology and Harvard Business School.


Phyllis JordanPhyllis W. Jordan is editorial director of FutureEd, a nonpartisan think tank at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. She is author of several reports about chronic absenteeism, including the Attendance Playbook, which outlines nearly two dozen evidence-based initiatives. Jordan previously served as the communications director at Attendance Works, a San Francisco-based national nonprofit focused on improving the policy, research and practice around school attendance. An experienced writer and editor, Jordan served in senior editing positions at the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post.


Scott SchmidtBonne

Scott SchmidtBonne is the Executive Director of the Research Division in Omaha Public Schools. On Valentines Day Scott will have worked for Omaha Public Schools for 10 years – four years as Senior Program Evaluator and six years as the Director/Executive Director of the Research Division. The Research Division is the internal hub in OPS for all things data, assessment, research, and evaluation. Scott received his undergraduate education in Psychology from Kansas State, and possesses a doctorate level education in Organizational Psychology from the University of Nebraska, and, prior to joining OPS, has worked formally or as a consultant in nearly every industry.


Emily BailardAbout the Host

Emily Bailard is CEO of EveryDay Labs (formerly InClassToday) which improves student outcomes through the power of behavioral science. The daughter of a first-grade teacher, Emily believes every student deserves the opportunity to be present and learning every day and is thrilled to partner with districts to reduce absenteeism and increase learning time for students. Prior to leading EveryDay Labs, Emily co-led Opower’s Home Energy Report business, which used behavioral science insights to nudge people to save energy. Previously Emily was a consultant at The Bridgespan Group where she advised K12 and early childhood education clients. Emily holds an MBA and Certificate in Public Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


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EveryDay LabsAt EveryDay Labs, we improve student outcomes through the power of behavioral science. We partner with districts to reduce absenteeism because we believe every student deserves to learn every day. To date, we have helped prevent more than 400,000 absences, equating to over 150 million minutes of instructional time.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
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