January 10, 2018
I am gaining important new experiences because of my involvement with Every Student, Every Day. This is the most intensive work I’ve had in a school setting. I have far more responsibility than in my previous internship, including collaborating with teachers and other school staff, parents, and students who represent a diverse population, including natives and newcomers. And third, this work reflects my career goal to engage in direct practice with my clients.
My primary responsibility is to reduce absenteeism. To accomplish this, I meet individually with parents to help raise awareness about the importance of attendance and help them set goals for their children. I also meet one-on-one with the students to motivate them to come to school and be on time. I let them know that I am there to support them, and later, when I meet with the students in small groups, I help them realize that they can support each other.
Absenteeism results from many factors, both within and outside the family, and no single solution fits every case. The challenge is getting parents and their children to understand just how important every day, on-time attendance is to academic success. I’m happy to report that despite the challenges, my students have progressed! Most have improved their attendance and demonstrated greater camaraderie with one another and enthusiasm for being in school.
One semester into my internship, both my students and their parents have expressed gratitude for my support. I am also grateful for the support I’ve received—from my field instructor, task supervisor, field faculty, principal, and teachers. And I want to thank United Way, its partners and supporters, for funding this absence-intervention program.
Every Student, Every Day Intern
United Way of San Diego County