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Connecting with Parents about Early Warning Systems: Tips and Resources for States

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. CT (2:30-3:30 p.m. ET)

 

This webinar is designed for state education staff to discuss strategies to communicate about early warning systems and dropout prevention. During the webinar, the presenters will discuss strategies SEAs can use to communicate with parents about the data included in early warning systems and about how states protect student privacy in these systems. The webinar will also showcase a video that introduces the concept of early warning systems and how they are used by schools and districts.

 

Presenters on the webinar include Paige Kowalski, executive vice president at the Data Quality Campaign, Susan Therriault, principal researcher at American Institutes for Research, and Sarah Rand, communications consultant at AIR. We invite you to join the conversation with these presenters and share your own experience.

 

You will learn about:

  • The challenges, successes, and importance of communicating with parents about student data privacy and EWS.
  • Research-based strategies that can be used in outreach to parents about EWS and dropout prevention.
  • How states have worked with districts to communicate with parents about EWS.

 

Who Should Attend?

 

Participants may include state education agency staff, teachers, school leaders, and district leaders.

 

Related Resources

 

Data Quality Campaign. (2013). Using early warning data to keep students on track toward college and careers: A primer for state policymakers. Washington, DC: Data Quality Campaign. Retrieved from http://www.dataqualitycampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/files/DQC%20Early%20Warning%20June12.pdf

 

Data Quality Campaign. (2016). Data Can Help Every Student Excel. Washington, DC: Data Quality Campaign. Retrieved from http://dataqualitycampaign.org/resource/data-can-help-every-student-excel/

 

Dynarski, M., Clarke, L., Cobb, B., Finn, J., Rumberger, R., and Smink, J. (2008). Dropout prevention: A practice guide (NCEE 2008–4025). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. Retrieved from https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practice_guides/dp_pg_090308.pdf

 

Frazelle, S., & Nagel, A. (2015). A practitioner’s guide to implementing early warning systems (REL 2015–056). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest. Retrieved from http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/northwest/pdf/REL_2015056.pdf

 

Harvard Family Research Project. (2013) Tips for administrators, teachers, and families: How to share data effectively. Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) Newsletter, 5(2). Retrieved from http://www.hfrp.org/var/hfrp/storage/fckeditor/File/7-DataSharingTipSheets-HarvardFamilyResearchProject.pdf

 

National School Public Relations Association. (2011). National Survey Pinpoints communication Preferences in School Communication. Rockville, MD: Author. Retrieved from https://www.nspra.org/files/docs/Release%20on%20CAP%20Survey.pdf

 

Privacy Technical Assistance Center. (2014). Transparency best practices for schools and districts. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Privacy Technical Assistance Center.

 

Therriault, S., Heppen, J., O’Cummings, M., Fryer, A., & Johnson, A. (2010). Early warning system implementation guide. Washington, DC: National High School Center.