Bringing the entire community together for student success

Posted on February 15, 2019

When Dr. Blanca Cavazos, superintendent of Taft Union High School District is asked about her leadership style, she cannot answer in the singular. To her, the concept can only be thought of as a communal activity. “It is truly a team effort here,” she says. “We have leaders everywhere. It is not about one person.”

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Cultivating parent engagement and school climate through collaboration

Posted on February 14, 2019

After a nearly 40-year career in education working in positions ranging from an instructional aide to a district superintendent, Dr. Eric Andrew continues to take one of the most important lessons he’d learned to heart. No leader should rely solely on themselves.

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Improving student outcomes requires leadership and data

Posted on February 06, 2019

Each year, hundreds–sometimes thousands–of books are published touting how one can become a better, more effective leader. But Dr. Gerald Hudson, Superintendent of Jasper Independent School District, poses just one question: What if it really isn’t that hard?

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Chronic absenteeism in California schools up slightly, new data show

Posted on January 31, 2019

It is the most obvious and important contributor to student success and yet something many California school districts are not doing well: getting students to show up for school.

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Nation’s Pediatricians Prescribe Plan to Boost School Attendance

Posted on January 28, 2019

New report from the American Academy of Pediatrics calls on health care providers to help curb chronic school absences in effort to improve students’ long-term health.

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Chronic Absenteeism a Major Problem in U.S. Schools

Posted on December 03, 2018

More than 15 percent of students are missing almost a month of school. Districts don’t know how to address the issue.

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Collaborative Leadership: Dr. Adam Clark’s Not-So-Secret Weapons to Win the Battle for Achievement

Posted on December 01, 2018

“We have about a 91 percent attendance rate here,” says Dr. Adam Clark, superintendent of the Vallejo City Unified School District, “and that may sound okay—until you realize it means that on any given day, 1,000 students are absent.” In a district of 12,500 students in 22 different schools, “that’s not acceptable.”

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Tapping Federal Dollars to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

Posted on November 15, 2018

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama in late 2015, requires schools and districts to report the number of students missing too many days in excused and unexcused absences, and 36 states and the District of Columbia have included chronic absenteeism in their systems for measuring school performance under ESSA.

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