Attendance episodes focus on research, resources, and programs that work towards reducing chronic absenteeism in the early grades in order to establish good attendance habits and combat chronic absence.  We believe that attendance habits begin as early as pre-k.

Episode 37: Interview with Alyson Kangisser and Jessica Watt

Our students enter our schools and classrooms with more on their shoulders and hearts than we realize. Supporting their mental health is a crucial step in helping them lift this weight, but it can seem like a daunting task for any educator. Collaborating with other staff within our buildings can be a great way to make supporting and developing positive mental health practices in our classrooms more manageable and intentional.

Sara Hutchinson and I sit down with school counselors, Allyson Kangisser and Jessica Watt, to discuss their roles, as well as how they collaborate with classroom educators within their schools to plan and implement intentional mental health practices that benefits all students.

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Episode 36: Supporting Mental Health in the Classroom

Student mental health is currently a big focus in education. But what do educators need to know about mental health and where can they begin?

Sara Hutchinson and I sit down to discuss these questions and more as we focus today’s conversation on the West Virginia Tiered System of Support with a specific focus on supporting mental health in our schools and classrooms.

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Episode 3: Interview with Molly Sigmon

Working to help families and children develop better attendance habits can seem like an overwhelming task.
In this episode, Brandie Turner and I interview Molly Sigmon, a Communities in School Coordinator from Wyoming County, WV. Molly’s passion to combat chronic absenteeism is evident in the very inspiring, yet simple strategies that she uses at Berlin McKinney Elementary.

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Episode 2: Myth Busting Chronic Absence

Chronic absenteeism is a major issue that our schools, communities, and families face everyday. Are there ways that educators can join forces with students and families to combat this problem? Join us as we discuss what being chronically absent means, the harmful effects it has on our students’ academic success, and common myths about chronic absenteeism.

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Episode 1: Our Most Precious Investment

Being a leader of literacy involves so much more than helping children learn to read. So, what exactly does it involve?  Join us as we discuss the WV Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, the four crucial components for developing a solid literacy foundation, and our efforts to help every community in West Virginia develop as leaders of literacy.

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