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Spotlight: Meriden Public Schools

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“Family engagement remains our top priority. Even though we had a huge jump in attendance, we still need to focus on engaging and supporting our families. We improved a school that has many challenges, and to keep building on that momentum we need to continue focusing on strong teacher parent engagement and a climate and culture that puts students and parents first.”

—Dave Cardona, Family-School Liaison, Meriden Public Schools

Meriden Public Schools

When it came to attendance, Roger Sherman Elementary—a school in Connecticut’s Meriden district—was among the lowest performing schools in the district. Free and reduced lunch rates hover at 90 percent, and the school has a higher than-average special education population.

Despite these factors, along with severe weather conditions and a changing student demographic, between the 2016–2017 and 2017–2018 academic years the school decreased chronic absenteeism rates by over 10 percent, emerging as a district leader in student and family reengagement.

How did they do it?

Read how the Kinvolved team helped set and achieve positive family engagement goals

Spotlight: Sioux Falls School District

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“It’s important to make parents feel special, and KiNVO makes it easy to do that. As a result, parents who were once disengaged now feel like our school is home. These relationships support us when we need to have difficult conversations—we are a true partner to our families in these circumstances, not a consequence.”

—Jayne Zeilinsk, Principal, Sioux Falls School District

In Fall 2017, Kinvolved launched a four-school partnership with Sioux Falls School District, a South Dakota school system serving twenty-five thousand students.

The pilot unrolled in four stages:

  1. Engage with Kinvolved’s professional services team through strategy and information sessions to identify attendance needs and pain points; set up KiNVO to address the district’s primary objectives.
  2. Conduct a needs assessment to understand the barriers to student attendance.
  3. Launch KiNVO’s two-way, translated messaging tool to engage families.
  4. Roll out KiNVO’s attendance focused features; send attendance digests to families; conduct strategic interventions with target students.

As a result of careful planning and a staged rollout, every pilot school increased attendance rates and experienced positive shifts in their relationships with families.

Read more about the impact and results in Sioux Falls School District
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How Providence Public Schools achieved early success and scaled it district-wide

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Chris Maher

“I’ve spoken with a number of school principals about Kinvolved, and they are universally excited about the way it breaks down barriers and allows for direct interaction with parents. . . . We feel that by increasing family-to-school interactions and breaking down the traditional walls that have existed, we will be able to improve outcomes for our students.”

—Christopher Maher, Superintendent, Providence Public School District

In Spring 2018, we launched a seven-school pilot with Providence Public Schools. The pilot objectives were to train school leaders on KiNVO functionality, collaborate on the following school year’s rollout plan, and measure the pilot term’s impact.

Here’s what we found:

  • School leaders and families had exchanged more than fourteen thousand messages via KiNVO
  • Four pilot schools reduced chronic absence rates
  • All forty Providence schools adopted KiNVO for the 2018–2019 school year
Find out how the Providence team achieved early success and scaled it district-wide

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