Training Programs

We have a long history of providing interactive, hands-on training designed to increase school engagement not just among students but among teachers, too! Our upcoming sessions are all virtual. In-person training will most likely resume in the fall. We can customize any of our training topics for dedicated sessions just for your school, district, or community.

Attendance Advocate Training

Attendance Advocates, whose roles may have other titles depending on the school district, are often the bread and butter of truancy reduction programs. Don’t send them out unprepared! Our practical job training will be crucial as Advocates work with students and families. Topics include building relationships with students, families, other school personnel, student record-keeping, home visit safety, and preparing for court visits. Attendees will leave with lots of practical tips for organizing an action plan.

Addressing Vicarious Trauma & Self Care

Vicarious trauma affects teachers’ brains in much the same way that it affects their students.  Many teachers are never explicitly taught how to help students who have experienced trauma, let alone address the toll it takes on their own health and personal lives. Learn strategies for supporting self and staff in ways that decrease burnout, improve camaraderie, and increase job satisfaction.

 

Boosting School Attendance

Anyone seeking to launch or expand school attendance efforts will leave with a portfolio of strategies to consider. We start by presenting some basic research on the importance of school attendance at every grade level, and then discuss the components present in all successful attendance improvement efforts. Participants will learn about easily-implemented school-building level strategies, as well as more involved, district-wide programs operating nationwide. We encourage lots of discussion so you can learn from your colleagues, too!

 

Creating a Trauma Informed School

Learn strategies for supporting students who have endured traumatic events and understanding how their brains react to learning after experiencing trauma. A prerequisite for achieving classroom competency is the ability to self-regulate attention, emotions, and behavior. Learn how to assist students in being successful in the classroom, school and community. The better we understand the effects of trauma, the better prepared we are to assist students in becoming confident and successful learners.

 

Developing a Problem-Solving Truancy 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.

Engaging the Online Learner

Online teaching is taking off, but for teachers who are used to the classroom, teaching from home can be an adjustment.  Connecting via webcam isn’t always easy, and it takes creativity to keep students’ brains stimulated!  You might find that you need a completely different teaching skillset online than you would in-person.   With most students taking online lessons outside regular school hours and at home, surrounded by potential distractions, keeping them engaged, motivated, and interested in their lessons can be one of the biggest challenges online teachers face.  The question most of us online teachers ask ourselves at least once is: “How do I make my lessons fun and engaging for my students?”

Luckily, we have plenty of tips and tricks to help you increase engagement in the classroom!

 

Evaluating Your Truancy and Attendance Program

Our program evaluation primer is geared to both program managers and those in the role of data collection. Participation will be most helpful to those who are new to program evaluation and/or those who come with specific evaluation challenges. We talk about both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and focus on how to design an evaluation plan. Participants will leave with lots of ideas for building evaluation into their attendance efforts.