On-Demand Webinar

Unraveling the "Why": Strategies to Address Chronic Absenteeism

The impact of chronic absenteeism on student learning and academic achievement has been a growing concern–even as schools have adapted to the challenges posed by the pandemic, student absenteeism remains persistently high.

In this on-demand webinar, you’ll hear from three veteran education professionals as they share how to successfully get past the “what” and drive to the “why” behind student absenteeism.

You will learn:
  • The multifaceted factors that contribute to student absenteeism
  • How to develop effective communication strategies and engagement techniques to foster a supportive environment that encourages regular school attendance
  • How to leverage data and analytics to identify early warning signs of chronic absenteeism
  • How to cultivate a positive school culture that students want to show up for
On-Demand Webinar

Unraveling the "Why": Strategies to Address Chronic Absenteeism

Meet the Speakers

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Scott Meyer
Director of Behavior Intervention & Student Services, Folson-Cordova

Scott has been an educator for 20 years in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District where he has served as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Child Welfare Coordinator, and currently as the Director of Behavior Intervention & Student Services. In his current role, Mr. Meyer oversees a variety of areas including student discipline, expulsions, educational law, bullying prevention, character development, behavioral support & interventions, and attendance. Regardless of the capacity of working with students, Mr. Meyer is a firm believer in developing social & emotional skills and utilizing a “whole child” approach.

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Phil Ortega
Attendance and Student Services Supervisor, retired; Executive Director and Founder of LIFE Art

Phil Ortega began his education career as a Dean of Student and Disciplinarian at South Medford High School in Oregon. He subsequently moved on to be a Regional Truancy Officer for the Southern Oregon Educational Service District before finally dedicating the past 16 years of his career as the Attendance and Student Services Supervisor for the Eagle Point School District, Jackson County 9. Mr. Ortega is also founder of LIFE Art Studio, a nonprofit that promotes bilingual youth creativity, communication skills, and academic success. He also serves as Board Governor for AllCare Health. He is an active Youth Advocate at the Keep Encouraging Youth (KEY) project providing at-risk youth with programs promoting civility and violence prevention. Mr. Ortega is a recognized Southern Oregon leader in the areas of youth conflict resolution, culturally appropriate communication, and servant leadership.

Headshot of Dr. Kara Stern.
Dr. Kara Stern
Director, Education and Engagement, SchoolStatus

When she was in 2nd grade, Dr. Kara Stern decided she wanted to be a teacher. Her commitment to education never waivered. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Stern began her career as a high school English teacher, later becoming a middle school principal, Executive Director of Math for America, and education content strategist for EdTech marketing teams. A writer and contributor to many publications, Dr. Stern is an education thought leader, creating K-12 resources for teachers and principals. She was a Klingenstein Fellow and earned a Ph.D. in Teaching & Learning from NYU. Dr. Stern brings her knowledge and advocacy for consistent, data-driven school communications to SchoolStatus. Outside academia, Dr. Stern indulges her love for reading, devouring two novels weekly, with a particular fondness for heists and spy stories.