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Boosting Attendance: Strategies for Reducing Chronic Absenteeism

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Boosting Attendance: Strategies for Reducing Chronic Absenteeism

Presented by Sharon Bradley, District Director, Author and Speaker, RestorativeFlo Educational Solutions
Moderated by Kyra Rhoads, Education Partnership Regional Manager, Committee for Children

Sponsored by Second Step

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Chronic absenteeism has become a significant issue in schools nationwide. It is essential that student attendance concerns are addressed collaboratively, rather than in silos. A coordinated effort from all members of the school community is necessary to develop and implement effective, creative solutions to this pressing problem.

During this informative and engaging session, viewers learn evidence-based strategies for improving attendance rates that can be applied both individually and collaboratively.

This recorded edWebinar is designed for K-12 school administrators, educators, counselors, social workers, school nurses, and other school personnel interested in exploring and implementing effective strategies to address chronic absenteeism.

Sharon Bradley

About the Presenter

Sharon Bradley is a national educational consultant/speaker with a Dallas-area school district where she has helped shape the district’s approach to social and emotional development and truancy prevention for all students. Throughout her 23 years in education, she has served as director, alternative high school principal, assistant principal, dropout prevention program coordinator, general education teacher, and special education teacher. In her current role, she supports programs such as character development, attendance/chronic absenteeism, and restorative practices. Sharon has recently been recognized by Education First and D Magazine for her innovative efforts of leveraging SEL to help decrease chronic absenteeism. Sharon is the author of the reference guide Chronic Absenteeism: Prevention and Intervention Strategies for Schools, Families, and Communities and has recently been named a 2024 Leader to Learn From by Education Week magazine. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in special education, and her master’s degree in educational administration is from Prairie View A&M University.

Kyra Rhoads

About the Moderator

As Education Partnership Regional Manager at Committee for Children, Kyra Rhoads stewards the advancement of social-emotional learning (SEL) across educational landscapes, leveraging her extensive background in nonprofit management, youth advocacy, and sports leadership. Committed to enhancing educational environments and supporting educators, she collaborates closely with school district leadership and Second Step program stakeholders across the United States and Canada. Her passion lies at the intersection of SEL and organizational change leadership and is a motivating factor in championing the importance of a holistic approach to social-emotional development in all aspects of education and life. By driving the adoption of K-12 Second Step programming, Kyra aims to elevate the role of SEL in shaping supportive, engaging, and inclusive learning environments, fostering resilience and empathy among students and educators, and laying the groundwork for sustainable, transformative change.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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