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Event to increase regular attendance in Southern Oregon

By Attendance, News

On Feb. 5, 2020 at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville, educators gathered to gain tools to increase attendance at local schools. Increasing regular attendance in Southern Oregon revolves around building school cultures that promote safety, belonging and mattering for all of the students we serve within our school communities. The day of learning was designed around two topics that have been communicated as top priorities by our district leaders:

1. Supporting our LGBTQ+ students within an inclusive school community
2. Supporting our educators in continuing to build trauma-informed practices and systems that increase our ability to help our students and staff stay regulated during the school day and beyond

Creating safe and affirming learning environments is critical to fostering achievement and equity for all students. This work is both personal and professional and invites educators to explore our own biases and behaviors as we develop new mindsets, skills, and practices that empower all students, including those who are LGBTQ+. In this session educators, explored: guiding principles of LGBTQ+ cultural proficiency in schools; insight into the diversity, strengths, and struggles embodied among LGBTQ+ youth; and strategies for building safe and affirming classrooms and schools for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and families.

Ricky Robertson was in town for the week to help focus the equity lens within our trauma-informed practices with practical tools for both educators and their students.

We are so thankful that Ricky is joining us again to continue and deepen the work he began earlier this year through a lens of increasing regular attendance for ALL students and educators.

SOESD Kicks off School Year with Southern Oregon Regular Attender Network for Improvement Event

By Attendance, Homepage, News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Southern Oregon Education Service District (SOESD) kicked off the school year on Sept. 17, 2019 by hosting over 125 educators, staff and administrators from 12 districts across several counties. Attendees included staff from Attendance and 9th grade On Track Teams, ODE’s Every Day Matters Staff and Regional Capacity Builders.

The vision of the event was to build districts’ capacity to create environments within their schools in which all students feel more safe, know they matter and they belong, in order to inspire more students to come to school more often. To achieve this vision SOESD focuses on building capacity by leveraging research and experienced-based practices in data, teaming and communication.

The event also introduced The Center for High School Success (CHSS)—a project of Stand for Children—providing FREE training, technical assistance, data support, and resources to districts and high schools interested in developing effective 9th grade success programs as a key lever for increasing on-time graduation rates.

The Every Day Matters campaign was also discussed. This program is designed to assist districts with materials and messaging they can use to increase attendance.

The group took a deep dive into the local data and addressing barriers to attendance.  SOESD has developed a toolkit for district use that can be found here.

For more information from the Oregon Department of Education, click here.


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