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2017 NYC Summit on Family Involvement to Elevate Attendance

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On Friday, January 27th, from 10am-1pm, Kinvolved and South Bronx Rising Together (a joint Children’s Aid Society and Phipps initiative) are co-hosting the 2017 NYC Summit on Family Involvement to Elevate Attendance at Bronx Leadership Academy II High School.

With 200 already confirmed attendees, and a keynote by the NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, the event will bring together school-based teams, superintendents, Community and Renewal Schools community-based organization partners, and policy and research leaders focused on increasing attendance and family involvement throughout the NYCDOE.

Additional speakers include:

  • Michael Alcoff, NYCDOE Renewal Schools Superintendent
  • Michelle Kim, Policy Associate, Office of the Public Advocate
  • Nicole Mader, Senior Research Fellow, Center for NYC Affairs
  • Peter Bergman, Assistant Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Attendees will be able to:

  • Share general best practices to elevate attendance and family involvement
  • Engage with/learn about South Bronx Rising Together and Kinvolved
  • Hear from leading local researchers and policy leaders Network over lunch with fellow leaders in these fields

Elevating attendance requires commitment, collaboration, and tailored approaches to the particular strengths and challenges of each school or community. With this event, we hope to increase awareness about the important role that school attendance plays in attaining academic success, and create family involvement strategies together as a community.  

 
To learn more about the event, or for press inquiries, contact hello@kinvolved.com.

Attendance Data

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On Tuesday, November 22 at 3pm Kinvo by Kinvolved is hosting our last webinar of the month (RSVP here)! Our first webinar covered how to record attendance on our mobile and web app. Our second webinar discussed how to have positive parent communication, and our third most recent one covered two-way translations. Finally, our last webinar will be covering a very important topic: attendance data. Webinars are only 30 minutes long, because we know our users have busy schedules. If you aren’t able to join us, read on for some easy guidelines to follow on this topic!

It wasn’t until the release of the first ever, “National Data set on Chronic Absence” by the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, in June of this year that anyone had held up a mirror to chronic absenteeism on a national scale. The report claimed, “When our teachers, principals, policymakers, and others have access to robust data on the extent and nature of chronic absenteeism, we are all in a better position to provide students with the supports they need to stem this crisis in our schools.” Since then, chronic absenteeism has garnered more and more attention in the media.

In fact, a recent report from the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution “suggests that the best choice states could make, if they really want to make a difference, is to require schools to use chronic absence data. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) “requires state accountability systems to annually measure five indicators that assess progress toward the state’s long-term educational goals.” The first four indicators are defined within the Act, but the fifth one is somewhat of a “wild card,” and the Hamilton Project argues that chronic absenteeism be measured. They created an interactive map that successfully confirmed that rates of chronic absenteeism “provide meaningful differentiation between schools, as required in the statute for the fifth indicator.”

This is where Kinvo by Kinvolved can come in and bring simple attendance data to life! For each student, users can go to the student profiles and export attendance data based on their selected date range. This is especially useful now as teachers are engaging in parent-teacher conferences. In the 2015-2016 school year, three out of four teachers said that attendance has improved in their classrooms, and 89% of teachers say that Kinvo by Kinvolved makes it easier to inform families about student attendance patterns. More broadly, 93% said that Kinvo made it easier to communicate with parents and guardians. Kinvolved’s work has only just begun, and we look forward to seeing how attendance continues to improve as users collect more data.

Still have questions? RSVP to our webinar! While this is the last one of November, we plan on hosting more before the end of 2016.

Know someone who needs Kinvo? Contact us for more information!

And, as always, we encourage you to share our product on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram! Reach out to us if you have a specific topic in mind for a future webinar!

Positive Parent Communication

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Kinvo by Kinvolved is hosting a series of webinars this November. We had a successful kickoff with a webinar on how to record attendance on both our web and mobile app. If you missed it, make sure to sign up for the next one on Tuesday, November 8 at 3pm (RSVP here), in which  we will be discussing positive parent communication. Webinars are only 30 minutes long, because we know our users have busy schedules. If you have a conflict, read on for some easy guidelines to follow on this topic!

Research confirms that attendance and parent engagement go hand in hand. In fact, the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory found, “When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.” Despite this proven correlation, the unfortunate reality is that nearly half of American parents underestimate the harm of school absences.

These misconceptions lead to uninformed decision making and a lack of urgency. Chronic absence is not a result of indolent parents, but parent engagement is a defining factor. Researchers from Harvard Kennedy School and Goldman School of Public Policy, A. Feller and T. Rogers, explain, “parents of low-income and minority students are often viewed as a contributing cause of student failure…this ‘deficit’ view of parents hinders educational innovation, especially for K-12 students. An “asset” view of parents instead unlocks new interventions that empower parents as partners in improving student outcomes.” If parents are not informed partners in this work, they will not be able to advocate for their children’s needs. Parental involvement is a crucial piece of solving the chronic absenteeism puzzle.

This is where Kinvo by Kinvolved can come in. Now that you are an expert in recording attendance on Kinvo, here are some tips to engage parents to make sure their students are attending class. With Kinvo, teachers can instantly inform parents about absenteeism and lateness via a text message or email. If you are in a rush, use our default absent/late messages, or choose from your library of frequently used messages. With our new translation feature you can overcome previous language barriers, and translate all attendance messages in real-time!

 

Teachers can also communicate with parents about other topics relevant to student success, such as grades, behavior, and school events. It’s particularly important not to overlook the power in a simple, positive message letting a parent know that his or her child had a good day! Teachers can mark whether a message they are sending is “positive” or “needs improvement.” Administrators can then download reports to monitor the trends at their schools — they can see the number of absent, late, uncategorized, positive, and needs improvement messages sent per parent, teacher, and at the school level. The goal is to have a 5:1 ratio, which means that for every one negative message, there must be five positive messages to ensure strong relationships with families.

We know that less time sending out reminders translates to more time working with students and collaborating with colleagues, so using Kinvo, teachers and administrators are more efficient by messaging groups of contacts even an entire class’ contacts in the same amount of time it takes just to message one.

A powerful relationship can start with a simple text message. We encourage our Kinvo community users to engage families in a positive manner and track their efforts. The teacher or administrator who sends the most positive messages during the month of November will receive a Kinvo t-shirt, stickers, and pens!

Still have questions? RSVP to one of our four webinars!

Know someone who needs Kinvo? Contact us for more information!

And, as always, we encourage you to share our product on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram!

Comment below to let us know which webinar most excites you! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Attendance Recording on Mobile and Web

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Kinvo by Kinvolved is hosting a series of webinars this November. We are excited to kick off the series with a webinar on how to record attendance on both our web and mobile app.

As the holiday season approaches, attendance rates may start to dwindle. Tune in on Tuesday, November 1 at 3pm (RSVP here), to learn how to get the most out of our attendance recording feature!

Webinars are only 30 minutes long, but we know our teachers have busy schedules. If you have a conflict, read on for some easy guidelines to follow.

In the 2013-2014 school year, one in eight students were chronically absent. Recently, the Ad Council, partner in the “Absences Add Up” campaign, discovered that “an overwhelming majority (86%) of parents understand their child’s school attendance plays a big role in helping them graduate from high school...however, nearly half (49%) of parents believe that it is okay for their children to miss three or more days of school per month – and that they won’t fall behind academically if they do.”

The lack of tools to make attendance data simple and actionable to track, as well as the scarcity of real-time data on chronic absenteeism, make it easy for this problem to go unnoticed. This is why Kinvolved built a very simple tool for educators to track attendance, access real-time data reports, and instantly communicate information via translated text message to families.

Teachers and administrators can use Kinvo’s attendance recorder on both web and mobile to track daily or period attendance. It takes just thirty seconds to swipe students’ names left or right and to track reasons for absence or minutes of lost instructional time.

After recording, you can save attendance data or instantly inform parents about absenteeism and lateness via a text message or email. If you are in a rush, use our default absent/late messages or choose from your library of frequently used messages. With our new translation feature you can overcome previous language barriers, and translate all attendance messages in real-time!

Kinvo by Kinvolved is a simple solution that is helping educators, administrators, and families solve chronic absence. By streamlining how schools record attendance and communicate information with families, we have helped districts, schools, and nonprofits improve attendance rates.

Still have questions? RSVP to one of our four webinars!

Know someone who needs Kinvo? Contact us for more information!

And, as always, we encourage you to share our product on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram!

Comment below to let us know which webinar most excites you! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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