An expert on developing and implementing effective behavioral and academic approaches to reducing chronic absenteeism among students will be the main presenter at a workshop Dec. 3. The workshop, sponsored by the RESC Alliance, is called Building Tier II/III Supports for Chronic Absenteeism and will be held at the Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry St., Southington (Plantsville section).
Jessica Sprick is a nationally recognized expert and author who provides training through Safe and Civil Schools. Her practical experience in the classroom and as an administrator drives her passion to help school personnel develop and implement effective behavioral and academic approaches. She is a co-author of "Functional Behavior Assessment of Absenteeism & Truancy (FBAAT)" and "Absenteeism and Truancy: Interventions and Universal Procedures."
The Dec. 3 workshop focuses on:
- Building intervention support systems that apply proven principles of behavioral change to the issue of school refusal, shifting our efforts away from purely reactive and punitive measures.
- Determining the causes of absenteeism for individual students with more resistant absenteeism challenges, using a functional behavioral assessment process.
- Creating a continuum of supports and a variety of interventions within your system, allowing you to meet students' needs and ensuring all students are regularly present in school.
The cost for individual registration is $100, which includes breakfast and lunch. Registration is from 8-9 a.m., with the conference running from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
The RESC Alliance is a team effort by Connecticut's six Regional Educational Service Centers, which were established by the state legislature to provide services and supports to public school districts. Cooperative Educational Services, based in Trumbull, serves the southwestern portion of the state. Click here to learn more about the alliance.