Kinvolved Summits align key community stakeholders around common goals and strategies to fight chronic absence. At this summit, we cannot wait to facilitate productive discussions around using early warning indicator data to catalyze growth for NYC youth.
This summit will bring together school-based teams, district leadership, community partners, and policy leaders from across the NYC community to exchange best practices and innovations that use data to improve attendance and performance outcomes for students and families. Move This World, FuelEducation, and JumpRope will co-sponsor the event.
So, why focus on data? By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. Research proves that if we utilize attendance, behavior, and course performance data to identify students in danger of dropping out, we can help them stay on track for graduation.
Knowing the way that attendance impacts educational attainment, Kinvolved aims to elevate attendance by including families in education. Kinvolved seeks to understand why students are chronically absent, how to efficiently identify these students, and how to more effectively engage family members in supporting these students to increase attendance and thus–improve academic outcomes and national graduation rates. Extensive research and impact assessments have demonstrated that these questions cannot be answered without tracking and analyzing thorough, meaningful data.
The qualitative data from our 2016-2017 Impact Assessment (for complete release in November) reveals that KiNVO users utilize their KiNVO attendance data to inform conversations with students and their families about attendance, and later, to inform attendance interventions when necessary. Many community school directors have successfully used KiNVO data to advance their attendance improvement plans.
One NYC community school director spoke to Kinvolved about the need for data to inform conversations with students and parents about attendance, and how they’re using KiNVO data at her school:
“We use KiNVO data to identify trends and find out what’s really going on with kids. Is there a particular class that students aren’t attending? Are they here in the morning but not the afternoon? Are they leaving for work? Once we understand the story that the data is telling, we can use the data to inform personalized KiNVO messages and conversations with parents about their children–which is much better than having the same scripted conversation with all parents about attendance.
But, before we contact parents, we must consider: ‘What is it with which we’re asking parents to help us?’ Having those personalized conversations builds better relationships with parents, and KiNVO data is enabling those conversations.”
The summit will feature a keynote by Dr. Douglas Ready on the status of school suspensions in NYC, and how they affect student performance; panel discussions by speakers including Chris Caruso, Kecia Hayes, and Karoline Alexander, who represent varied perspectives of the Community Schools movement; and structured networking that will allow fellow data driven leaders to pick each other’s brains and share the ways that they utilize data to improve outcomes at their respective schools.
We look forward to seeing you on October 20th! RSVP here to join us!*
*Space is limited for this free event. As such, we ask that we limit attendance to up to two representatives per organization or school team.