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Welcome and Keynote


Good attendance is a critical ingredient for student success. When students are chronically absent – missing 10% of school or about two days a month over the course of a traditional school year, they fail to read proficiently by third grade, fail courses in middle school and ultimately drop out in high school. With the closure of schools this past spring, students lost out on even more on opportunities to learn as many struggled with distance learning.  What can educators do to make it possible for students to attend every day in the new school year?

The day will begin with President Maureen Nickels’ and thoughts on educational innovation from Commissioner Blomstedt followed by Hedy Chang’s keynote on monitoring and addressing student absenteeism.