Addressing Truancy: Innovative Approaches to Systemically Increasing Attendance and Reducing Chronic Truancy

Event Date: 
February 27, 2013 - 04:00pm to 05:30pm EST


After years of study, the research is clear: (1) The impact of truancy on students, schools, communities and society is profound and (2) It is critical to take a multi-faceted approach to prevent and reduce truancy.  This webinar featured positive and collaborative approaches to addressing truancy.  Specifically, it showcased characteristics of effective truancy prevention and intervention programs that have encouraged students to attend school consistently and take increased ownership in their education.

In this third Supportive School Discipline Webinar Series event, Cecelia Leong, Associate Director of Attendance Works began by discussing data collection, attendance research and how schools and the community, especially the court, can become effective allies in preventing and addressing truancy. Justice Bobbe Bridge, former Washington Supreme Court Justice and CEO of the Center for Children and Youth Justice, and Leila Curtis of the King County’s Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Models for Change Truancy Project Coordinator, then shared a model truancy reduction program that led to systemic truancy reform in King County and the State of Washington. Next, Larry Bush, Principal of Spokane Valley High School, and Martin Kolodrub, Truancy Specialist Spokane County Office of Juvenile Justice described Spokane County’s Community Truancy Boards which address truant behaviors among students across all grade levels in local school districts. And, finally, Kathryn Meyer, Staff Attorney for the Center for Children’s Advocacy, presented on recent status offender reform laws passed in Connecticut and provide first-hand accounts of Connecticut’s efforts to address truant behavior while serving as an education attorney and advocate.


Particiants will be able to... 

  • Describe the negative impact of truancy on a community, school and youth.
  • Identify new, innovative and effective models that address truancy in a proactive and positive manner based on the experience of others.
  • Consider alternatives to current truancy prevention and intervention practices.


This Webinar is appropriate for school district superintendents and allied staff, community- and residential facility-based school administrators and support staff, school climate teams, student support personnel and teachers, school resource and security officers, probation/parole officers, law enforcement, judges and court administrators, and family members, youth, and community stakeholders.

Webinar Materials

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