I had the pleasure of meeting Alexandra Meis of Kinvolved. Kinvolved is a really cool app that "...allows teachers to inform parents and guardians of student absenteeism in real time and graphically follow attendance trends to identify and reverse patterns of tardiness and absenteeism. Through immediate communication of attendance information, attendance data analysis, and facilitation of community partnerships to minimize absenteeism, Kinvolved aims to increase student attendance and family engagement in education, especially in disadvantaged or underserved communities."
After doing years of ethnographic research in the South Bronx with teenagers (which often included hooky parties), and seeing first-hand not only the negative effects of school absenteeism, but also the absolute failure of current school-sponsored projects aimed at lowering attribution rates, I was thrilled to learn about Kinvolved. I was particularly impressed by the thoughtful and iterative process that went into creating it.