Building a Culture of Attendance in Your School: Addressing Absenteeism & Truancy Issues Using an MTSS Approach

This course meets on four Mondays: October 23, October 30, November 6, November 13

9 am to 12 pm PT / 10 am to 1 pm MT / 11 am to 2 pm CT / 12 pm to 3 pm ET (12 hours total)

Presented by Jessica Sprick

A growing body of research indicates that regular student attendance is one of the most critical yet under-addressed issues in schools today. In most schools, attendance problems have only gotten worse since the COVID-19 pandemic. This virtual course provides participants with strategies to monitor and effectively address student absenteeism across all grade levels. Participants will learn ways to implement schoolwide and classroom procedures to improve the attendance of all students at the universal, Tier 1 level of their support system. Participants will also learn how to create layers of Tier 2 and Tier 3 supports, apply function-based thinking to craft effective intervention plans, and implement a variety of interventions to address common functions. The focus of this course is on moving away from a reliance on compliance-driven, reactive systems to approaches that are proactive and positive—working collaboratively with students and families to address attendance barriers and challenges.

Included Books: The School Leader’s Guide to Tackling Attendance Challenges and Absenteeism & Truancy: Interventions and Universal Procedures

To register with a purchase order, download the registration form here and send it along with a copy of your signed PO.



V ATTEND Oct 2023
For Grades:
  • Jessica Sprick
  • Randy Sprick
  • William R. Jenson
  • Holly Majszak
  • Linda Phosaly


Virtual Courses FAQs

  • Live virtual courses will be conducted via Zoom. Once your order is confirmed, please look for an email from Zoom that contains your unique link to join the course. Contact us if you don’t receive your link.
  • Course price is for a single registrant seat and includes a copy of School Leader’s Guide to Tackling Attendance Challenges and Absenteeism & Truancy: Interventions and Universal Procedures.
  • Please include the email address and shipping address for each individual registrant during checkout.
  • Graduate-level professional development credit is available for this course through UMass Global. Click here to learn more.
  • Questions about this course? Please email or call 866.542.1490.
  • Course materials ship to arrive by Thursday, October 19. If your book does not arrive by this time, use the Virtual Course Help form to let us know.
  • Because books will be shipped to participants, there will be a $150 processing fee for any cancellations or refunds. No cancellations or refunds will be possible after October 9, 2023.
  • Seats are limited. Register by October 9 for best rate. Registration closes October 16, 2023, or when course is full. International registration closes October 2.
  • Jessica Sprick

    Jessica Sprick is a consultant and presenter for Safe & Civil Schools and a writer for Ancora Publishing. Ms. Sprick has been a special education teacher for students with behavioral needs and Dean of Students at the middle school level. Her practical experience working with special and general education students and staff, along with strong training in positive behavior support techniques, drives her passion to help school personnel develop and implement effective classroom management plans.

  • Randy Sprick

    Randy Sprick has worked as a paraprofessional, teacher, and teacher trainer at the elementary and secondary levels. Author of a number of widely read books on behavior and classroom management, Randy is former director of Safe & Civil Schools, a consulting company that provides inservice programs throughout the country. Although Randy is largely retired, his Safe & Civil Schools colleagues continue the work of helping large and small school districts improve student behavior and motivation. Efficacy of that work is documented in peer-reviewed research, and Safe & Civil Schools materials are listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Randy was the recipient of the 2007 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Wallin Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Direct Instruction Hall of Fame, along with numerous other awards and honors.

  • William R. Jenson

    William R. Jenson, Ph.D., is a professor and past chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. He received his Ph.D. in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis from Utah State University in 1975. He directed the Adolescent Residential Unit in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Children's Behavior Therapy Unit (CBTU) for Salt Lake Mental Health. CBTU is a day hospital program for severely emotionally disturbed and autistic children. Dr. Jenson's interests include behavior management for severe behavior problems, behavioral assessment, school-based interventions, parent training, applied technology, and meta-analytic research.

  • Holly Majszak

    Holly Majszak is a doctoral student in School Psychology at the University of Utah. She has extensive experience as a behavior interventionist for children who exhibit significant social-emotional and behavioral problems. Holly works with children and adolescents in home, clinical, and educational settings to promote the implementation of evidence-based interventions. She has also teamed with the Utah State Office of Education to train school personnel using a Trainer of Trainers model. Her research interests include bullying, social skills, and parent training interventions.

  • Linda Phosaly

    Linda Phosaly is a doctoral student in School Psychology at the University of Utah. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, where she gained experience as a behavior interventionist providing comprehensive services to families with children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Linda also has worked in an alternative sentencing program, providing behavioral interventions and parent training support to mothers and their children with challenging behaviors. Her research interests include working with individuals with emotional and behavioral disorders and autism, and examining the social-emotional and behavioral functioning of at-risk youth, particularly in regard to school engagement and achievement.