Attending school regularly is essential to students gaining the academic and social skills they need to succeed. Yet, local and national data indicate that at least 10% of students miss at least 18 days each year for whatever reason (excused, unexcused, disciplinary); those students are “chronically absent.” Absenteeism disproportionately affects children from low-income families in the Greater Richmond metro area.
Partners are engaged in the Attendance Collaborative Action Network (CAN), where they’re charged by their leaders & peers to take shared action, align individual action, and advocate for policy and practice change. Bridging Richmond currently convenes and facilitates Attendance CAN partners. For 2017-18, partners are focused on using data for continuous improvement – starting small to learn what works, and scaling best practices through the network. Three partners
Furthermore, in collaboration with the Literacy CAN (convened by United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg) and Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond (school readiness convener), partners are engaged in the the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR). GLR is a collaborative of public, private, and nonprofit sector organizations, convened by United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. The Campaign is focused on increasing 3rd grade reading proficiency across the Greater Richmond Region. Read more here.
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