Kickboard Professional Services

Implementing Systems and Processes to Reduce Student Absences

AUDIENCE

Principal and Leadership Team

OVERVIEW

Once the underlying causes of chronic absenteeism have been determined in Phase 1 sessions, it is time to ensure that effective, efficient and consistent systems are in place to improve attendance. We will audit current practices and put monitoring and evaluation tools into place. We will examine how the school’s climate and culture affects school attendance and develop consistent practices to ensure that students will “Show Up” on a regular basis.

CHALLENGES ADDRESSED

  • Absence of easy-to-use data to monitor root causes of chronic absences
  • Confusion between chronic absenteeism and truancy
  • Ineffective ways to collect data on chronic absences
  • Lack of consistency in ensuring engaging learning environments
  • Poor understanding about the link between chronic absence and student achievement

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • Strategic Plan, phase 1 evaluation
  • Develop consistent, school-wide practices to support students at risk of chronic absence or dropping out
  • Establish metrics to support and monitor classroom engagement practices
  • Establish metrics to monitor the attendance/achievement link

FORMAT

Two 1-Hour Planning Meetings (Virtual) +

Full-Day (6 hrs) in-person collaborative session

Kickboard has made a huge difference. We reduced disciplines by 44% in just 18 weeks. If I go to another campus and come back to ours, I can see and hear the difference. It’s so positive here and that’s changing the culture of our school. This not only improves students’ behavior but it improves their academic performance as well.
— KASIE JACKSON, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - DALLAS ISD