South Fulton Educators to Tackle Chronic Absenteeism with Help from Harvard

Several South Fulton educators have been accepted into the Harvard Institute’s Proving Ground Summit. While there, they’ll learn strategies for solving chronic absenteeism, a pressing problem for educators nationwide.

Those selected include: South Learning Community Area Superintendent Dr. Gyimah Whitaker; Chelsea Montgomery, Executive Director of Counseling, Psychological Services and Social Work Services; Langston Hughes High Principal Charles Chester; Creekside High Principal Frankie Pollock; and Banneker High Assistant Principal Ramon Garner.

The educators will attend the summit November 19-22. The initiative is part of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.

Other school districts that have taken advantage of the Proven Ground initiative include District of Columbia Public Schools, Oakland Unified School District and LEAD Public Schools. The program gives educators access to extensive data, a network of professionals and partners to collaborate with and support for implementing strategies to improve student achievement.

Photos: Whitaker, Chester, Pollock