2015 Fall Summit, Attendance Matters: Connecting for Student Success

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hilton Garden Inn
5 Park Street • Freeport, Maine

  • Keynote Hedy Chang
    Director of Attendance Works, recognized as a Champion of Change at the White House, will speak about engaging families, communities and educators to support student success and address chronic absenteeism.
  • State Policy Perspective
  • Panel Presentation:
    Moving from Awareness to Action, Lessons Learned and Mistakes Made
  • Sessions on Innovative Programs and Practical Resources.

Program Agenda

click on Program Agenda for detailed information on the schedule and afternoon workshops
Click here for Hedy Chang's Power Point

8:00 — Registration and coffee

8:55 — Welcome
Count ME In

Susan Lieberman, Director

9:15 —Working Together to Support Student Success
Hedy Chang, Director of Attendance Works, will provide a national perspective on successful partnerships, practices and data-driven strategies that have increased student attendance and academic achievement

10:40 — Break

10:50 —State Policy Perspective
Rachelle Tome, Chief Academic Officer
Maine Department of Education

11:10 — Moving From Awareness to Action: Lessons Learned
Panelists from Maine and other New England schools will speak about effective strategies

12:15 — Luncheon Speaker Ed Cervone, Educate Maine

1:00 —Innovative Programs and Practical Resources
Presentations on successful strategies and programs that have increased student attendance and connections to school and learning. Participants will choose from 15 different innovative and practical resources that could be replicated into schools, organizations and communities.

Topics include: Increase School Attendance with a Walking School Bus Model; BARR, Building Assets Reducing Risks, In Middle and High Schools; Restorative Practices, Family Engagement and Student Attendance; Hassles to Tassels; Managing a Mental Health Crisis; Effective Approaches to Difficult Conversations; School Family Nights; Health and School Attendance; and much more.

3:10 — Youth Panel Discussion

CEUs and Certificate of Attendance are available

For more information: summit@countmeinmaine.org


Who Should Attend

The 2015 Fall Summit is intended for educators, policy makers, administrators, nurses, social workers, counselors, clinicians, case managers, afterschool programs, businesses, families, school board members, community members and people who are interested and dedicated to supporting all students be successful in school.

Summit Goals

  • Understand impact of school absenteeism on student engagement and academic achievement.
  • Learn about research-based strategies, programs, policies that have increased student attendance, engagement and academic achievement in Maine and New England.
  • Meet and build partnerships with businesses, schools, government, agencies, families and the community to collaboratively support children and families in their learning.
  • Hear about strategies on creating a welcoming and safe environment for families and students.
  • Identify strategies and interventions that can address health and school attendance.

Our Supporters

Frances Hollis Brain Foundation