Title

Count Yourself In: Effectively Serving Students by Encouraging Daily School Attendance

First Presenter's Institution

Bibb County School District

Second Presenter's Institution

N/A

Third Presenter's Institution

N/A

Fourth Presenter's Institution

N/A

Fifth Presenter's Institution

N/A

Location

Session 3 (Scarbrough 5)

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Strand #2

Mental & Physical Health

Relevance

Goal: The goal is to mobilize schools and communities not only to promote the value of good attendance but to take concrete steps toward reducing chronic absenteeism in the school setting while presenting practical, user-friendly, attendance integrated curriculum which serves grades K-12. Participants will obtain a mastery of opportunities that can be implemented immediately within the learning environment and encouraging ways to promote school attendance through Education, Motivation, Communication, and Collaboration. Participants will obtain the ability to establish positive messages for youth and families as well as implementing supportive engagement strategies to bring public awareness to the importance of regular/punctual school attendance and encourages all public/private entities to have an active role in the current and future success of the community in which they work and live in. Count Yourself In serves as a link that brings communities, agencies, and school districts together to focus on promoting positive messages towards the importance of school attendance.

Brief Program Description

Participants will focus on the importance of a holistic approach addressing chronic absenteeism through Education, Motivation, Communication, and Collaboration. We will explore utilizing a tiered system approach to addressing attendance, as well as incorporating attendance practices in your PBIS implementation. Participants are provided with strategies to bring awareness to regular, punctual school attendance. Knowledge/strategies will be provided to identify and address students with trends of school absenteeism, how to communicate with teachers, parents, students, and the “new age” family unit. We will provide exciting, interactive experiences on initiatives and creative strategies as attendees leave with take-home practices to implement directly in the learning environment and in their community.

Summary

This workshop serves as a concerted effort to decrease truancy in local school districts. Practical, user-friendly, attendance aligned curriculum which serves grades K-12 will be presented. The following objectives will be addressed: a. Attendees will learn different, creative, and cost-effective strategies to help promote school attendance. b. Attendees will obtain a practical attendance aligned curriculum with existing school instructional/guidance standards. c. Attendees will learn strategies to promote school attendance while collaborating with community partners. d. Participant will learn different motivational techniques to encourage students, parents, community, school faculty/staff to increase school attendance culture and values. e. Provide participants with real-life simulations that foster empathy with students and families.

Evidence

N/A

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Takeysha is currently the District Attendance & Transfer Coordinator for the Bibb County Public School District. She has previously worked as a District School Social Worker with Bibb Schools, with State of Georgia in Child Protection, as well as on the local level within the community sector of Social Work. These experiences have afforded her the opportunity to work with youth and families in an array of different settings and within all facets of their daily lives. She is a proud product of the Bibb County School System and graduated from Fort Valley State University with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership, both from Valdosta State University. She has a wealth of experience that spans from working with students and families in public education, working directly with families within the Child Protective Services system in Georgia, working as a Hospice Social Worker, as well as in the community sector for local non-profit organizations. She has developed and implemented a Tiered System approach to address attendance and tardies on the school level. It is her passion to engage and inspire EVERY child on the importance of obtaining an education which drives the work she performs on a daily basis with students and families- providing children with the knowledge to understand that their future is OUR future!

Presentation Year

March 2020

Start Date

3-9-2020 3:00 PM

End Date

3-9-2020 4:15 PM

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Mar 9th, 3:00 PM Mar 9th, 4:15 PM

Count Yourself In: Effectively Serving Students by Encouraging Daily School Attendance

Session 3 (Scarbrough 5)

Participants will focus on the importance of a holistic approach addressing chronic absenteeism through Education, Motivation, Communication, and Collaboration. We will explore utilizing a tiered system approach to addressing attendance, as well as incorporating attendance practices in your PBIS implementation. Participants are provided with strategies to bring awareness to regular, punctual school attendance. Knowledge/strategies will be provided to identify and address students with trends of school absenteeism, how to communicate with teachers, parents, students, and the “new age” family unit. We will provide exciting, interactive experiences on initiatives and creative strategies as attendees leave with take-home practices to implement directly in the learning environment and in their community.