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How Providence Public Schools achieved early success and scaled it district-wide

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Chris Maher

“I’ve spoken with a number of school principals about Kinvolved, and they are universally excited about the way it breaks down barriers and allows for direct interaction with parents. . . . We feel that by increasing family-to-school interactions and breaking down the traditional walls that have existed, we will be able to improve outcomes for our students.”

—Christopher Maher, Superintendent, Providence Public School District

In Spring 2018, we launched a seven-school pilot with Providence Public Schools. The pilot objectives were to train school leaders on KiNVO functionality, collaborate on the following school year’s rollout plan, and measure the pilot term’s impact.

Here’s what we found:

  • School leaders and families had exchanged more than fourteen thousand messages via KiNVO
  • Four pilot schools reduced chronic absence rates
  • All forty Providence schools adopted KiNVO for the 2018–2019 school year
Find out how the Providence team achieved early success and scaled it district-wide

Read Miriam Altman’s interview with The Native Influence

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“This industry is a tough one to change, but it is worth the effort. Stay focused on the end goal: positive impact on students and families. Be persistent, focused, and humble. Keep your nose to the grindstone, but take a moment to look up every once in a while to see the progress you’ve made. And, collaborate. There is so much work to do as an industry, and so many smart, committed people trying to do their part. If we partnered more often, we could really amplify our impact in ways we may not yet even realize.”

Kinvolved CEO and co-founder Miriam Altman recently sat down with The Native Influence for a conversation about her career in education and the role that Kinvolved plays in supporting positive family engagement that builds healthy school communities.

In this interview you’ll learn:

  • What inspired the need for Kinvolved and the vision for changing student success trajectories
  • How and why the education technology landscape has changed in the last ten years and emerging industry trends she sees on the horizon
  • How strong, collaborative partnerships in Providence, RI reduced the chronic absenteeism rate
  • Career advice for those in the education technology field
Read the full conversation

Kinvolved and Providence Public Schools Host Community Summit

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In 2018, Kinvolved partnered with Providence Public Schools to host a Community Summit—check out the highlights in our recap video!

Summits rally attendance experts, educators, students, families, and community stakeholders around a shared vision of improved attendance. Special thanks to Providence district leaders and keynote speaker Hedy Chang from Attendance Works.

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Webinar: How to Build Your Roadmap for Improving Attendance

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On February 13, 2019, Kinvolved hosted a webinar featuring nationally recognized attendance experts from Attendance Works and Providence Public Schools to discuss successful strategies for reducing chronic absenteeism, strengthening the school-family bond, and preventing student disengagement.

 

Conversation was lively, and our audience Q&A delved deeper into topics like turning around chronic absenteeism late in the school year and whether it’s ever too late to start engaging families (spoiler alert: it isn’t).

Special thanks to all our featured speakers:

  • Miriam Altman and Alexandra Meis, Co-founders of Kinvolved
  • Hedy Chang, Executive Director of Attendance Works
  • Superintendent Christopher Maher, along with Nkoli Onye, Dulari Tahbildar, and Michael Templeton from Providence Public Schools—read more about their work here

Press Release: Kinvolved 2018 Impact Report

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Kinvolved Impact Report Highlights Impressive Results in Reducing Chronic Absenteeism and Details Roadmap for Improving Attendance in K–12 Districts

January 16, 2019 – New York, NY: As school districts prepare for the increased accountability around absenteeism and family engagement detailed in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Kinvolved, the leading social enterprise reducing chronic absence, today released its 2018 Impact Report, which shares a roadmap for improving attendance validated by its successful work with partner districts.

The roadmap was designed as a resource all districts can use to support change management, strengthen school-home relationships, establish accountability, and evaluate the effectiveness of their initiatives.

“These learnings come directly from our time on the ground with educators,” shares CEO Miriam Altman. “We’ve learned how schools and districts can increase funding, improve graduation rates, and create more economically viable communities by focusing on student attendance. It’s not easy work—it takes shared commitment, intention, heart, and mutual engagement, especially with families, to achieve positive, quantifiable results. We’re proud of the way KiNVO and its wraparound services amplify their efforts, and we’re excited to share a roadmap for success that’s grounded in the reality of school systems and communities.”

Additional highlights from the 2017–2018 impact report include:

  • 66% of schools using KiNVO, Kinvolved’s attendance and communications management app, reduced absenteeism; 52% reduced lateness
  • Teachers in KiNVO districts saved an average of 50 minutes/week; administrators saved an average of 75 minutes/week
  • Educators and families exchanged 9 million messages through KiNVO

The report also contains abridged case studies from its implementations in Sioux Falls School District (South Dakota), Meriden Public School District (Connecticut), and Providence Public Schools (Rhode Island), all of which reduced chronic absence after adopted KiNVO.

For the past three years, Kinvolved has conducted an annual study to gauge the impact of its solutions on chronic absenteeism, family engagement, and mindset shifts. The study comprises surveys and interviews with KiNVO users, analyses of publicly available attendance data and School Quality Reports, and reviews of internal KiNVO metrics.

Impact metrics from prior years show the effect of Kinvolved software and services on school systems:

  • Attendance rates increase: Kinvolved partner high schools saw a 13x increase in average daily attendance.
  • Chronic absenteeism drops: Schools using KiNVO—Kinvolved’s attendance and communications platform—saw a –3% change in chronic absence rates.

“Kinvolved is the original education technology solution to absenteeism,” says Altman. “We’re five years deep into our mission to get all students to school every day, and we’re committed to that mission because it’s the right thing to do. With the new ESSA attendance requirements, it feels like federal policy is catching up with what we and our districts already know. Our work has become more important than ever.”

Kinvolved recently raised $1.54M in Seed II investments from notable organizations and angel investors, including the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, the Twilio.org Impact Fund, New York Ventures, Excell Technology Ventures, GingerBread Capital, and u2i. The organization is using the funds to support national growth, product research and development, and client services.

About Kinvolved

Kinvolved is a social enterprise on a mission to increase student achievement by minimizing absenteeism. Our holistic approach combines technology tools and human interventions to change the deeply ingrained behaviors and external factors affecting student attendance and chronic absence, including poverty, racism, and socio-economic exclusion. Learn more at www.kinvolved.com.

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Media Contact:

Jillian Lubow, Strategic Communications, jill@kinvolved.com

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