Presented by Experts on Camera from SciLine: Chronic Absenteeism from School
Dr. Joshua Childs is an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy at the University of Texas. He can discuss topics including:
Statistics on chronic absenteeism;
The academic, social, and developmental effects on children of missing significant amounts of school;
Barriers that keep kids from consistently attending school;
The research link between school attendance and computer science education;
The research link between school attendance and interscholastic athletics;
Challenges teachers face when students are chronically absent; and
Research-backed strategies to increase student attendance.
Dr. Childs reports serving on the board of the United Way for Greater Austin, a volunteer position. Dr. Childs’ research is funded by the National Science Foundation, Google.org, Wallace Foundation, and Google Computer Science Education Research.
Availability: Tuesday, April 25, 12 to 1:30 p.m. MT
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