In this episode, Brandie Turner and I interview Molly Sigmon, a Communities in School Coordinator from Wyoming County, West Virginia. Molly’s passion to combat chronic absenteeism is evident in the very inspiring, yet simple strategies that she uses at Berlin McKinney Elementary.
What to Listen for:
- What is chronic absence?
- How does chronic absenteeism effect a student’s education?
- What support/tools does the West Virginia Department of Education have available for districts and schools?
- What can schools do in place of punitive measures to help students and parents that are affected by chronic absenteeism?
- What are some ways educators can avoid the belief that parents and families of chronically absent students do not value education?
- How can teachers counterbalance the external factors that effect a student’s ability/motivation to attend school?
- What can teachers do to enhance their classroom or instruction in order get students excited about coming to school?
My hope is that this episode encourages you to look at the beliefs you have towards chronic absenteeism and inspires you to begin taking new approaches to help students and families combat this issue.
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