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Hardwiring Effective Parent Communications to Improve Attendance

Jan 31, 2024 – Apr 24, 2024

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Rates of chronic absenteeism have doubled nationwide since 2019, leaving districts in every state scrambling to get students back into classrooms. Traditional approaches to managing absenteeism are not sufficient for the scale of this challenge and don’t align with new root causes of the problem.

EAB research identified that, for most districts, reducing absenteeism starts with rethinking the process for communicating with parents about absences – focusing on partnership, not prosecution. Therefore, we’re now helping District Leadership Forum partner districts across 37 states update their practices and adopt a sustainable, research-based process for managing absenteeism in their schools.

By participating in this Collaborative, partners will receive:

  • 5 working sessions with district and school leaders from around the country, facilitated by EAB experts.
  • Weekly office hours to receive thought partnership and individualized support from EAB.
  • Every resource needed, including data tools, project plans, and communication guides.


Use the drop-down to register for a session. Registration for each session is limited to three attendees per institution.

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2024 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2024 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET

Experts associated with this event

EAB Experts

Sharon Rosenfeld

Director, Research

Sharon is a Director at EAB where she conducts research to support independent school partner success. Since joining the firm in September 2017, her research has focused on expanding the independent school enrollment funnel, risk management, optimizing use of financial aid, and today’s independent school parents, among other topics.

Prior to joining EAB, Sharon worked at several education technology firms, collaborating with school districts around the country to implement software related to college and career readiness and a platform for teacher observation and professional learning. Before that, she worked at the central office of Pittsburgh Public Schools on an initiative to improve school teaching and learning environments. Sharon previously spent several years as an adjunct English professor.

In her free time, Sharon enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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