Kansas City, Missouri Community Summit


Kansas City, MO

Event Name

Kansas City GradNation Summit: Building a Citywide plan to improve school attendance for students from highly mobile families

Event Description

Students who change schools several times in a school year are considered highly mobile. They experience a multitude of challenges that make succeeding in school seem insurmountable. For one, highly mobile students miss a lot of school. Studies show that students who are absent 10 percent or more during the school year (around 18 days) score significantly lower on 3rd grade reading assessments and are less likely to graduate from high school. Turn the Page KC instigates Kansas City’s most positive future through 3rd grade reading proficiency, and student attendance is a key part of this work. This issue cannot be solved by any one sector or organization alone, we need many different stakeholders at the table, and your voice is important.

To kick off Attendance Awareness Month, the Mayor’s office and Turn the Page KC will convene a summit on September 1st to help make moves on mobility. The day will begin by presenting new data on the extent and patterns of student mobility in Kansas City and will culminate with crafting community-based solutions to help reduce the number of days highly mobile kids miss school. Featured speakers include: Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Russ Rumberger, Professor of Education at UC Santa Barbara, and Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, Executive Director of the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium (KC-AERC)

Event Date and Time

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
8:00am - 3:00pm

Event Location

Kauffman Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO

Convening Organization

Office of Mayor Sly James

Additional Details

Summit Partner:

Turn the Page KC


America’s Promise & AT&T

United Way of Greater Kansas City of Kansas City

Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium

Local Investment Commission

Missouri Humanities Council


Keynote Speaker(s):

Mayor Sly James, City of Kansas City, Missouri

Russ Rumberger, Professor of Education at UC Santa Barbara

Featured Session(s):

8:00 am - 10:00 am: The Impact of Student Mobility on School Attendance and High School Graduation, with presentations by Russ Rumberger (Professor of Education at UC Santa Barbara) and Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight (KC-AERC)

10:15 am - 2:30 pm: Creating Community Solutions using Design Thinking facilitated by The Lean Lab

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Community Solution Pitches and Closing Remarks

Community Solution Groups:

Addressing the root causes of family mobility: When families change residences more than twice during one school year, the implications for student school attendance can be catastrophic. In this session, participants will review student mobility data and design solutions for schools and neighborhoods with the highest levels of mobility.

Harnessing data and technology to reduce chronic absenteeism caused by family mobility: Because Kansas City, MO is home to parts of fifteen school districts, even local relocations often require students to change school districts. In this session, participants will explore ways that school districts, the business community, and social services organizations can harness new technology and share data to significantly reduce the number of school days students must miss when they enroll in a new school district.

Mitigating the impact of family mobility on chronic absenteeism: In this session, participants will design an action plan to reduce chronic school absence in Kansas City schools with a focus on highly mobile students. This plan will be shepherded by Turn the Page KC, with a dedicated staff person to instigate new programs that help highly mobile students succeed in school.

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