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TC Gets Shout Out in the New York Times
Teachers College was mentioned in a January New York Times article for providing its partner schools with an attendance monitoring application, Kinvolved, through its REACH program, which is directed out of the College’s Office of School and Community Partnerships (OSCP). Kinvolved helps teachers and parents keep track of student attendance through a two-way text and email communication system. The application allows teachers to take attendance with the swipe of a finger, then sends a text message to parents and other people in a student’s support network, to let them know when students are absent or late. REACH partner schools are early adopters of the Kinvolved application, which was made available to New York City schools in 2012. Though the rollout to REACH partner schools is too recent to provide a complete picture of the results, school officials and parents agree that the application is helping to foster a more collaborative relationship between teachers and parents, specifically as it helps them figure out ways to support students while they are in school.
OSCP has made attendance improvement a focus of its efforts across REACH partner schools. REACH staff work diligently with school administrators and teachers to come up with strategies to tackle chronic absenteeism. Our team has witnessed early progress. Two P.S. 154 students, who started out with attendance rates of 86% and 82% at the beginning of the year, currently have attendance rates of 96% and 94%, respectively. Additionally, one Kindergarten parent whose child attends P.S. 194 has said that she appreciates that using Kinvolved has allowed her to be “kept in the loop” regarding her child’s attendance and school progress. The application has fostered more collaboration between her and her child’s teacher and increased self-esteem in the student.
Read the full New York Times feature on the newspaper’s website and see what REACH Community School Director Habib Bangura has to say about OSCP’s attendance improvement efforts.
Published Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016