Using Chronic Absence to Improve Educational Outcomes
A new analysis of state data shows that while chronic absence affects nearly all schools in California, it is also heavily concentrated. Nearly one out of ten traditional public schools in California, or 822 schools, had high levels of chronic absence that affect 20 percent or more of their students. At such high levels, all students in the classroom are potentially affected when teachers have to deal with the churn of sporadic attendance.
Moving from Serving Youth to Engaging Youth: Youth-led Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Interventions in UC CalFresh Nutrition Education
Authors: Brandon Louie, Nancy Erbstein, Miranda Capriotti, Marisela Ceron, Wei-ting Chen, Monica Drazba, David Ginsburg, Melissa Morris, Metria Munyan, Hector Ochoa, Paul Tabarez, Jesse Tedrick, Mary Vollinger, and Mary Welch-Bezemek
Ten teams across the University of California were awarded the 2017 Larry L. Sautter Award, and Putting Youth on the Map (PYOM) received the Golden Award for Innovation in Information Technology! PYOM is an interactive website that provides analyses of California youth well-being and curricula to support use of the mapping tool.
Chronic Absence in the Sacramento City Unified School District
Chronic school absence is associated with a number of poor outcomes for students, schools and communities. Since 2012, CRC-affiliated faculty member Nancy Erbstein and CRC staff (currently Cassie Hartzog) have worked with the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) and other community groups to understand and address the causes of chronic school absenteeism.
When people hear about Stockton, California in the news, they usually hear of crime, bankruptcy, and foreclosures. Not surprisingly, many assume Stockton is a city with no opportunities, no hope and no love — and much of the data does not discourage that point of view. While it’s true that Stockton is up against incredibly difficult challenges, our city is also full of resilience, strength and heart. Stockton can never realize its full potential until we create pathways to opportunity for all residents, including our boys and young men of color.
Monitoring Community Action to Promote Equity: The San Joaquin County Alliance of Boys and Men of Color worked with the UC Davis Center for Regional Change to report analyses of child and youth well-being in Stockton, CA. This report will support the local response to the White House My Brother’s Keeper initiative. In particular, these analyses provide context for local planning and a baseline for monitoring community progress on the initiative’s six milestones.
Professor Gloria M. Rodriguez, School of Education, University of California, Davis
I teach an undergraduate course through Chicana/o Studies called Political Economy of the Chicana/o Community every spring quarter. I have three mid-term papers that are opportunities for students to use publicly-accessible data (via websites, mostly) to do some analysis of the education, health, and labor conditions that intersect to shape the political economies of California’s Chicana/o-Latina/o communities.