West Harlem Attendance Summit Recap

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On Friday, December 8th, Kinvolved and the West Harlem Development Corporation co-hosted the West Harlem Attendance Summit. The summit brought together educators, school-based teams, community members, nonprofit partners, and parent advocates to discuss how to use community partnerships to help elevate attendance in Harlem. In considering how to elevate attendance and deepen family involvement in Harlem schools, summit participants identified key research, new resources, and new tools; engaged with community partners to exchange shared challenges and solutions; and arrived at common language and goals for the Harlem community.

The event kicked off with a breakfast and networking session, followed by opening remarks by Dr. Kofi A. Boateng, the Executive Director of the West Harlem Development Corporation.

Following Dr. Boateng’s remarks, Kinvolved’s Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Miriam Altman, gave an opening presentation and led a Q&A in preparation for a case study on KiNVO use at PS 36 Margaret Douglas.

Ginelle Wynter, Site Manager for Healthy and Ready to Learn at PS 36, offered a glimpse into her school community, reviewing attendance data, sharing best practices, and engaging the broader audience in a dialogue around meaningful parent engagement practices.

Attendees then broke into small groups for intensive facilitated discussions, and then came back together as a large group to share reflections and goals for the community going forward.

Summit attendees left with a renewed commitment to better engage parents in the education process. Attendees agreed that the small group discussions were an effective, meaningful way to share experiences and best practices.

One attendee remarked, “Working in education, you think, ‘What else can I do?’ Every time I attend these Summits, it gives me hope I can do something big to make change. It’s an exciting feeling, and it’s through Kinvolved that I’ve been able to get into this work.”

Kinvolved will continue to offer additional summits and related events, in an effort to galvanize a movement of people who will elevate attendance by involving families in education. New York City is a special place to Kinvolved. It is our hometown, but we have also launched this model to other urban centers across the country. We invite you to join our movement.

View our full Harlem Attendance Summit photo library here.

To learn more about Kinvolved’s movement to elevate attendance by including families in education, or how to bring KiNVO to your school, contact us at hello@kinvolved.com.

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Data Driven Leadership Summit

Data Driven Leaders Summit Recap

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On Friday, October 20th, Kinvolved hosted Data Driven Leaders: Using Data to Catalyze Growth of our New York City Youth–the third event in the Kinvolved Summit Series. The summit, co-sponsored by Kinvolved, Move This World, FuelEducation, and JumpRope, brought together school-based teams, policy leaders, nonprofit partners, and research evaluators to exchange best practices for utilizing attendance, behavior, and course performance data to drive student progress.

The event kicked off with a networking session and breakfast provided by Fresh & Co, during which time participants toured the sponsoring organizations’ Technology Stations. Following welcoming remarks by Kinvolved’s CEO Miriam Altman, Dr. Douglas Ready, of Teachers College at Columbia University, delivered a thought-provoking keynote, titled “Thinking about NYC Data: The Case of School Suspensions.” Transitioning research findings into practice, Mr. Augustus Grissett, Jr. directed a case study of Research and Service High School’s partnership with Kinvolved. Ms. Suzanne Arnold of The Renaissance Charter School directed a case study of Move This World’s program.

Deepening the opportunity to delve into practice, KiNVO by Kinvolved users joined our Product Team for a hands-on KiNVO Bootcamp, run by Kinvolved CPO Alexandra Meis. Many KiNVO users remarked that the product allows them to “work smarter, not harder.” Users also noted that they left the KiNVO Bootcamp with a deeper understanding of Kinvolved’s mission and KiNVO’s many capabilities.

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to gain knowledge that will help me better serve the people in my community,” said one attendee. “I will encourage our principal to send more staff to future summits to fully understand the potential to have a profound impact on student attendance,” said another. “KiNVO is accountability and data analysis made simple.”

School district leaders, community based organizations, and policy makers took part in a policy breakout session titled, Using Early Warning Indicator Data to Inform Leadership Decisions. The policy breakout session offered participants a broad understanding of research, policies in effect and in planning, and specific practices on the ground that work to empower leadership with early warning indicator data to inform decisions that positively impact students. The policy panel featured:

  • Ms. Karoline Alexander, Community School Director, CS 154 Harriet Tubman Learning Center
  • Mr. Chris Caruso, Executive Director of Community Schools, NYC DOE
  • Ms. Kecia Hayes, Director of Teachers College REACH (Raising Educational Achievement Coalition of Harlem)
  • Dr. Douglas Ready, Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy, Teachers College

Participants ended the day by sharing thoughts and insights they gained from the summit, and ideas to increase the use of data to ask and answer questions that their institutions face as they serve New York City’s students.

Kinvolved will continue to offer additional summits and related events, in an effort to galvanize a movement of people who will elevate attendance by involving families in education. New York City is a special place to Kinvolved. It is our hometown, but we have also launched this model to other urban centers across the country. We invite you to join our movement.

View our full summit photo library here.
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A video recap of #DataDrivenLeaders is here.

To learn more about Kinvolved’s movement to elevate attendance by including families in education, or how to bring KiNVO to your school, contact us at hello@kinvolved.com.

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Data driven leaders Summit

Kinvolved’s Data Driven Leadership Summit

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Kinvolved is excited to announce our upcoming summit, Data Driven Leadership. The event will occur on Friday, October 20th, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Kinvolved’s Headquarters.

Kinvolved Summits align key community stakeholders around common goals and strategies to fight chronic absence. At this summit, we cannot wait to facilitate productive discussions around using early warning indicator data to catalyze growth for NYC youth.

This summit will bring together school-based teams, district leadership, community partners, and policy leaders from across the NYC community to exchange best practices and innovations that use data to improve attendance and performance outcomes for students and families. Move This World, FuelEducation, and JumpRope will co-sponsor the event.

So, why focus on data? By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. Research proves that if we utilize attendance, behavior, and course performance data to identify students in danger of dropping out, we can help them stay on track for graduation.

Knowing the way that attendance impacts educational attainment, Kinvolved aims to elevate attendance by including families in education. Kinvolved seeks to understand why students are chronically absent, how to efficiently identify these students, and how to more effectively engage family members in supporting these students to increase attendance and thus–improve academic outcomes and national graduation rates. Extensive research and impact assessments have demonstrated that these questions cannot be answered without tracking and analyzing thorough, meaningful data.

The qualitative data from our 2016-2017 Impact Assessment (for complete release in November) reveals that KiNVO users utilize their KiNVO attendance data to inform conversations with students and their families about attendance, and later, to inform attendance interventions when necessary. Many community school directors have successfully used KiNVO data to advance their attendance improvement plans.

One NYC community school director spoke to Kinvolved about the need for data to inform conversations with students and parents about attendance, and how they’re using KiNVO data at her school:

“We use KiNVO data to identify trends and find out what’s really going on with kids. Is there a particular class that students aren’t attending? Are they here in the morning but not the afternoon? Are they leaving for work? Once we understand the story that the data is telling, we can use the data to inform personalized KiNVO messages and conversations with parents about their children–which is much better than having the same scripted conversation with all parents about attendance.

But, before we contact parents, we must consider: ‘What is it with which we’re asking parents to help us?’ Having those personalized conversations builds better relationships with parents, and KiNVO data is enabling those conversations.”

The summit will feature a keynote by Dr. Douglas Ready on the status of school suspensions in NYC, and how they affect student performance; panel discussions by speakers including Chris Caruso, Kecia Hayes, and Karoline Alexander, who represent varied perspectives of the Community Schools movement; and structured networking that will allow fellow data driven leaders to pick each other’s brains and share the ways that they utilize data to improve outcomes at their respective schools.

For more insight on Kinvolved’s Summit Series, please check out the recaps of our previous NYC Attendance Summit and 2017 Summer Summit.

We look forward to seeing you on October 20th! RSVP here to join us!*

And, join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! #datadrivenleaders #KinvolvedSummitSeries

*Space is limited for this free event. As such, we ask that we limit attendance to up to two representatives per organization or school team.

 

Kinvolved's Summer Summit NYC

2017 Summer Summit Recap

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On Friday, May 12th, Kinvolved and Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) co-hosted the 2017 Summer Summit at the social enterprises’ headquarters in downtown Manhattan.

The event offered professional development to school educators, administrators, district leaders, and community-based organization partners.

The event kicked off with breakfast and networking among the participants, followed by opening remarks from Miriam Altman, the Co-Founder and CEO of Kinvolved and Karim Abouelnaga, the Founder and CEO of Practice Makes Perfect. Attendees then broke up into break out sessions.

Kinvolved’s 2017 Summer Summit from Kinvolved on Vimeo.

The first session, titled Attend to Achieve, focused on professional development and the importance of strong attendance and parental and family involvement for summer and school year success. The panelists discussed strategies they have used in their schools and summer school programs to set and achieve high attendance goals. Attendees exchanged ideas and took home proven strategies to ensure success. The panel featured:

  • Tarek Alamarie, Assistant Principal, John Adams High School
  • Tom Glass, Director of Technology, John Adams High School
  • Wenimo Okoya, Director, Healthy and Ready to Learn Initiative, Children’s Health Fund/PS 36 Margaret Douglas
  • Karina Rodriguez, Program Manager, Practice Makes Perfect

The second session, titled Follow the Leader, discussed the importance of near-peer mentorship and how to leverage this practice to rewrite stereotypes that are negatively impacting inner-city students. This panel featured:

  • Mauricière de Govia, Executive Director, Brooklyn Field Support Center
  • Alexandra Meis, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Kinvolved
  • Michelle Moore, Head of Mentor Recruitment Department, Practice Makes Perfect
  • Shawn Rux, Director of School Renewal, District 27

This was the second summit on attendance and the first focused on summer school programs and the use of KiNVO to achieve high attendance. We aim to continue to offer additional summits and related events, in the effort to galvanize a movement of people who will elevate attendance by involving families in education. New York City is a special place to Kinvolved. It is our hometown, but we aim to bring this model to other urban centers across the country. We invite other communities to join our movement in their own local way.

View our summit photo library here (use password: nycsummersunmit if prompted).

To learn more about Kinvolved’s movement to elevate attendance by including families in education, or how to bring KiNVO to your school, contact us at hello@kinvolved.com.

To learn more about Practice Makes Perfect’s summer learning initiatives visit their website or contact them at info@practicemakesperfect.org