Upcoming Training Sessions:
- Best Practices in Truancy Prevention and Reduction – TBD
- Dropout Prevention Strategies for Wounded Students – Jan. 26, 2017
- Evaluating Your Truancy and Attendance Program –Feb 2, 2017
- Transforming a Truancy Court to a Problem Solving Court – Feb. 3, 2017
Best Practices in Truancy Reduction and Prevention
Best Practices in Truancy Prevention and Reduction is perfect for those seeking to launch or expand school attendance efforts. It will focus on programmatic approaches used successfully by school districts and community collaborations around the country, but will also include simple steps that schools can take on their own. Work group and discussion time will be built into the day to allow attendees to start a plan that is right for their community. Attendees will leave with lots of practical tips for organizing a community action plan and with the latest research on the importance of school attendance neatly packed for sharing back home. Teams are welcome, but if you have a large group, we can come to you.
This training is not currently scheduled, but e-mail email@example.com to get on our notification list or to inquire about scheduling a training near you.
Evaluating Your Truancy and Attendance Program
NCSE has designed this interactive training based on expertise in research and evaluation, lessons learned about truancy reduction and practical training experience. It is ideal for those in charge of truancy reduction programs who want to use evaluation to make their programs as efficacious as possible or who need to report program effectiveness to funders. It is best for those who are new to program evaluation. Tip: Take this back-to-back with Transforming a Truancy Court to a Problem Solving Court the day after!
The training will be held on Thursday, February 2, from 9:00 to 4:00, in Denver. Please click here to view additional information and to register.
Transforming a Truancy Court to a Problem-Solving Court
Rather than take traditional punitive approaches to truancy, problem-solving courts assist in overcoming the underlying causes of truancy in a child’s life by engaging the family and community partners in collaborative support of the child. Some truancy courts are held on the school grounds. Others reorganize to form special truancy court dockets within the juvenile or family court. Either way, the ultimate goal of these collaborative efforts between courts and schools is to achieve regular school attendance and dismiss truancy petitions. This training is ideal for judges, magistrates, school district personnel and anyone engaged in helping students and families improve school attendance in conjunction with courts. Tip: Take this back-to-back with Evaluating Your Attendance Improvement Program the day before.
The training will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 from 9:00 to 4:00, in Denver. Please click here to view additional information and to register.
Dropout Prevention Strategies for Wounded Students
Many high-risk students carry “wounds” with them as they head to school each day. These wounds are evident in their relationships among friends and family and in their interactions within their communities. These wounds are the result of trauma, many times experienced in the form of poverty, abuse, violence, loss, and family dysfunction. Research shows that these sources of trauma have a direct effect on cognitive function, emotional health, and interpersonal capacity. This training will equip educators, counselors, and administrators with trauma-informed policies and approaches to their work that will not only move wounded youth toward healing, but will have a positive effect on overall student achievement and performance. Tip: Take this back-to-back with Trauma Informed Restorative Practices within your District the day after.
The training will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 9:00 to 4:00, in Denver. Please click here to view additional information and to register.
Trauma Informed Restorative Approaches within your District
Restorative Practices has been around since the 1970’s and has focused strongly on repairing conflict in school communities. This course will take Restorative Practices to the next level by examining the impact of trauma, biases, and cultural experiences of both students and staff. You will learn commonly used Restorative Practices strategies, along with strategies for shifting to a school-wide system that recognizes trauma as a learning opportunity for the entire school community. The format will not be a “sit and get”; participants will be highly engaged in peer discussion, personal and professional reflection, and problem solving on how to apply the course strategies to the students that YOU have, not hypothetical students. Tip: Take this back-to-back with Dropout Prevention Strategies for Wounded Students the day before.
The training will be held on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 9:00 to 4:00, in Denver. The registration page is coming soon!
Truancy and Dropout: Mending Cracks in the Graduation Pipeline
NCSE offers online training in truancy reduction through its partner, Elevate Consulting Services and their Partnership University. The course, Truancy and Dropout: Mending Cracks in the Graduation Pipeline, helps professionals learn how to nip unexcused absence in the bud, identify the causes of attendance problems, and re-engage, rather than further alienate vulnerable children and their families. Educators learn how other communities are successfully tackling their attendance and dropout problems, receive guidance in researching their own state laws and regulations and begin thinking about ways to evaluate their efforts. Click here to learn more about this course.
Additional courses in Youth Development, Bullying Prevention, Nonprofit Capacity Building Toolkits, and a Parent Guide to Bullying Prevention are also available. Click here for more information regarding online training at Partnership University.
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