Bringing Attendance Home
At every level, family engagement is a key component of effective, comprehensive approaches to reducing chronic absenteeism. To sustain progress, districts/schools must deliberately build systems that support equitable family engagement. Using a MTSS model, this workshop will support educators in the work of helping families nurture a habit of regular attendance so they can help their children realize their hopes and dreams. Session participants will have access to a ready built PowerPoint for presentations to do with families on the topic of increasing attendance and reducing chronic absenteeism. Participants will also receive current data from the Kansas State Department of Education on increased attendance and its correlation with strong family engagement in districts/schools.
Dr. Jane Groff has served as the Director of the Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC) for fifteen years. While supervising all KPIRC priorities, Dr. Groff provides professional development and technical assistance on family engagement in education to Kansas districts and schools. She also provides trainings for families on parent leadership, parent advocacy and family engagement in education. She is a certified teacher in early childhood education, elementary education, and special education K-12. She taught for 25 years in both general and special education classrooms. Jane has earned a Masters degree in Education and a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Kansas. Jane’s passion is to increase meaningful family engagement in all schools.
Tamara Huff is a Project Coordinator for the Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC). Prior to joining the KPIRC family, she served for 10 years as the Family and Community Network Specialist for the Wichita Public Schools. Tamara provides professional development and technical assistance on family engagement in education to Kansas districts and schools. Tammy holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, a Master’s degree from K-State, and is an Ed.D. candidate in Educational Leadership from Wichita State University. Tammy’s passion for diversity and equity strengthens her desire for inclusive engagement of ALL families in the educational process. She is rooted in her community as an active member of Delta Sigma Theta, a public service sorority. Tammy also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Kansas Urban League, the Board of Directors for the University of Kansas Alumni Association, and is the current president of the KU Black Alumni Network.