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Attendance and Engagement

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Reducing chronic absenteeism in our schools

Since 2017, Mission: Graduate has been working with community partners and schools in central New Mexico in creating and implementing effective school-based attendance teams. To support these teams, we host two conferences annualy designed to connect teams to resources, provide training on data management and provide informational materials. 

In 2019, United Way of Central New Mexico's Chief Strategy Officer Angelo Gonzales served as an expert witness supporting HB236, The Attendance for Success Act, which made its way through the legislative process and now awaits the Governor's signature. 

By working together with our school and community partners we have created attendance guides which include talking points and tips used by school leaders and community partners. The guides are currently under revision.

We also created an Every Day Matters Attendance Awareness Campaign Toolkit with ready-to-use communications designed for parents and schools.

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Teri Wimborne

Director of Collective Impact


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Every Student Succeeds Act Policy Review Year: 2016 Author: Angelo Gonzales, Meriah Heredia-Griego, Jill Okun, Derek Kuit
University of New Mexico Center for Education Policy Research
Barriers to Wellness: Voices and Views from Young People in Five Cities Year: 2016 Author: Center for Promise
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Closing the College Gap: A Roadmap to Postsecondary Readiness and Attainment Year: 2016 Author: Robert Balfanz, Jennifer L. DePaoli, Erin S. Ingram, John M. Bridgeland, Joanna Hornig Fox
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Angelo Gonzales
United Way of Central New Mexico
Deborah Good
Future Focused Education
Selena Hardy
Mission: Graduate
Tracy McDaniel
Mission Graduate
Krisitne Meurer
Patsy Nelson
NM Alliance for School-Based Health Care
Emily Padilla
United Way of Central New Mexico
Kay Provolt
Teri Wimborne
Mission Graduate
Renata Witte
Laurel Wyckoff Mexico PBS / KNME