with Jessica Sprick
Dates: February 15, 22, 29
Target Audience: K-12 Educators and Administrators
Fee: No cost to educators through the MTSS Refresh Grant
One optional university credit: $164
A growing body of research indicates that regular student attendance is one of the most critical yet under addressed issues in schools today. In most schools, attendance problems have only gotten worse since the Covid-19 pandemic. In Alaska, we currently have the highest rate of absenteeism in the nation.
This three-part series provides participants with strategies to effectively address student absenteeism across all grade levels.
In Sessions 1 and 2, participants will learn ways to implement schoolwide and classroom procedures to improve the attendance of all students at the universal, Tier 1 level of their support system. These sessions will include practical examples from schools for teaching students and families the importance of attendance, using simple motivational strategies, and identifying and addressing common barriers and causes of absenteeism.
In session 3, participants will learn how to create layers of Tier 2 and Tier 3 supports and apply function-based thinking to craft effective intervention plans.
The focus of this series is on moving away from a reliance on compliance-driven, reactive systems, to approaches that are proactive, positive, and collaborative with students and families to address attendance barriers and challenges.
Jessica Sprick is a writer and trainer for Safe and Civil Schools. She began teaching as a special education teacher for students with emotional and behavioral needs and later became a Dean of Students at the middle school level. Jessica is the lead trainer for Safe & Civil Schools’ model of absenteeism prevention and intervention and provides training across the country on this topic for thousands of educators each year. She is the primary author of “The School Leader’s Guide to Tackling Attendance Challenges”, and “The Teacher’s Guide to Tackling Attendance.