Thursday – January 28th, 2021

EDMS & TATDP Welcome

Central Time : 8:30a - 8:45a

Pacific Time : 6:30a - 6:45a

The Every Day Matters Summit and Texas Association of Truancy and Dropout Prevention joined forces to provide a powerful virtual event targeted at our current COVID times, and how districts across the country are adjusting to keep students engaged in their instruction and education.

Justice of the Peace Panel

Central Time : 8:45a - 9:35a

Pacific Time : 6:45a - 7:35a

Judges from across the state answer questions as they relate to our changing education environment and community.

Cal Lopez - TEA

Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program State Coordinator

Best Practices and Strategies to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness During COVID-19 Pandemic

Central Time : 9:40a - 10:20a

Pacific Time : 7:40a - 8:10a

Students experiencing homelessness are significantly more at risk of losing services during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this session, participants will be provided with best practices, strategies and resources for student engagement, home visits, dropout prevention, and interventions to support students experiencing homelessness.

Chenda Moore

Coordinator of Counseling Services,
Pearland ISD

Helping Students to Persist

Central Time : 10:25a - 11:05a

Pacific Time : 8:15a - 9:05a

This session will discuss ways that helping professionals could build relationships that ignite hope in students. Examine the factors that may be barriers for at-risk students in achieving their goals. Share resources that may help at-risk students move beyond the barriers.

Angela Daniels

At Risk Coordinator, Student Services,
Garland ISD

Using District-wide Processes to Recover / Re-engage Students

Central Time : 11:10a - 11:40a

Pacific Time : 9:10a - 9:40a

COVID adjustments to education models may leave us with more disengaged students than ever before. Join us as we discuss the district-wide best practices and processes Garland ISD are using to recover and re-engage this rapidly expanding group of dis-engaged students.

Dr. Chaun Powell

East Side UHSD, CA

Holistic Outreach - Improving Attendance & Getting High Schoolers Online During Distance Learning

Central Time : 12:00n - 12:30p

Pacific Time : 10:00a - 10:30a

As a result of the pandemic students and families across America are struggling to ensure that basic needs are met, their students have access to resources needed for distance learning and that they remain physically and mentally well. Join us as we discuss how implementing holistic outreach and support can improve student attendance during distance learning.

Dr. Kim Wallace

Process Makes Perfect, Former Bay Area Superintendent

The 3 R’s of Student Engagement: Rigor, Relevance & Relationships

Central Time : 12:35p - 1:05p

Pacific Time : 10:35a - 11:05a

As the now-infamous year of 2020 has turned so many of our lives upside down, it is more crucial than ever that we make significant efforts to keep America’s students attending school and fully engaged in learning. Furthermore, educators are now charged with designing lessons that can be implemented in online, hybrid, and/or in-person socially-distanced environments.

Redefining Attendance & Engagement Improvement in Distance Learning - Identifying / Tracking Present but Not Engaged

Central Time : 1:10p - 2:00p

Pacific Time : 11:10a - 11:50a

Many districts across the country are facing the challenge of redefining Attendance as it relate to Online or Hybrid Education models. This includes a new understanding and intervention strategy for those students marked "Present", but clearly not Engaged in the instruction of that class period or day. This Panel will discuss Challenges Faced, Lessons Learned and emerging Best Practices.

Attorney Grady M. Paris

Associate Director, TX Juvenile Crime Prevention Center

Collaborating with a Purpose - Effective Truancy Reduction

Central Time :2:05p - 2:45p

Pacific Time :12:05p - 12:45p

Truancy has become a chronic problem throughout the country. Some metropolitan areas report thousands of unexcused absences daily. Moreover, truancy has been identified as a risk factor for other behavioral problems and is one of the early warning signs of students headed for potential delinquent activity, social isolation, and educational failure. Communities and lawmakers across the nation have made this issue top priority. The families, communities, courts, law enforcement, social service and school professionals all seek a solution that eliminates court involvement and improves our response to this all too common problem. The Effective Parent & Child Engagement Training program, as it has been implemented in Travis County through a collaboration between Justice of the Peace Court One, The Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center at Prairie View A&M University and Austin Independent School District is a model for program implementation through collaboration with key juvenile justice stakeholders. Attend this session to learn causation, program goals, outcomes, and actions, as well as discuss promising practices that “fit” locally for effective program implementation.

Restorative Practices for the SART/SARB process

Central Time :2:50p - 3:40p

Pacific Time :12:50p - 1:40p

A powerful discussion of the paradigm shift away from punitive interventions that have been used historically to address attendance/truancy issues toward a supportive, compassionate, and restorative approach. This includes a review of the essential components of a restorative approach to address student attendance that engages parents in shared problem-solving and overview of an example contract that can serve as a guide for implementing restorative practices during attendance meetings with families.


Central Time : 3:40p - 4:00p

Pacific Time : 2:05p - 2:30p

Join us for our Event Wrapup, Raffled Prizes & Next Steps!