Pittsburgh, PA Community Summit


Allegheny County 

Event Name 

Be There School Attendance Matters Conference 

Event Description 

The United Way of Allegheny County, The University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development and the Be There campaign partners invite you to attend our second Be There School Attendance Matters Conference. This year’s conference will highlight parent engagement as a strategy for increased school attendance as a general theme and include information on attendance data, best practices in creating positive environments for students and motivating them towards success, policies and practices that impact  school attendance. attendance, and more. Join over 200 educators, community leaders, and parents from across the county in this important discussion and learning opportunity. All of us need to BE THERE for students so that they are supported in getting to school ready to learn every day.

To register for the event please visit: http://tinyurl.com/BeThereConference2015

Event Date and Time 

Friday, March 6, 2015: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Event Location

University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union Building 

Convening Organization 

United Way of Allegheny Count, www.unitedwaypittsburgh.org

Follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/BeTherePgh

Local Sponsor & Co-Conveners

University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Heather Weiss of the Harvard Family Research Project will discuss parent engagement as a strategy for increased school attendance. Heather will outline what transformative parent engagement looks like and will provide recommendations as to supporting these kinds of parent engagement activities in our region. 

Featured Workships 

  • What local data tells us about attendance 
  • How to create an attendance going culture in your school or program
  • Building positive relationships with youth 
  • Policy, Government structures, services and school attendance 
  • Supporting school attendance in out of school time
  • Parent Organizing for education 
  • Restorative Practices 
  • Engaging High school students in attendance work 

Event Coverage

Be There: Community Summit in Pittsburgh Tackles School Attendance - Community Summit Recap

School Attendance Matters - GradNation Blog

Trying to Make School Absenteeism Less Chronic - WESA Pittsburgh's NPR News Station