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Model SARB Recognition Program Invitation Letter

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

November 1, 2013

Dear School Attendance Review Board Chairpersons:

MODEL SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REVIEW BOARD RECOGNITION PROGRAM 2013–14

You are cordially invited to participate in the Model School Attendance Review Board (SARB) Recognition Program 2013–14. The program is sponsored by the California Department of Education (CDE) in cooperation with the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA).

The Model SARB Recognition Program identifies and recognizes outstanding and innovative programs that serve as models and mentors for other SARBs in the state by using results-based behavior and attendance improvement programs at the district or county level. County SARBs that provide consultant services and coordination of services are scored differently than local (district) SARBs, which handle student referrals.

The CDE encourages SARBs that meet the eligibility criteria, including monitoring chronic absentee rates, to submit an application to the Model SARB Recognition Program 2013–14.

September was Attendance Awareness Month; but our work did not end there. I encourage you to promote attendance awareness every month this year. One way is to start working on a Model SARB Application, using resources available on the Attendance Works Web page at http://www.attendanceworks.org/count-us-in-toolkit-2-0/.

The self-nomination application for Model SARB recognition is on the CDE Model SARB Recognition Program Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ai/sb/modelrecognition.asp. Programs are evaluated for their work in specific content areas listed on the application, as well as overall performance.

Three letters of support must be included with all applications for local SARBs; more than three letters may be submitted for county SARBs. Letters of support can be written by parents, guardians, caregivers, and students who have participated in SARB meetings, by local SARB members, or by others familiar with the effectiveness of the program.

Awards will be presented to successful Model SARB Recognition Program applicants at the annual CASCWA State Conference in Lemoore, California on May 7–9, 2014.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact David Kopperud, Education Programs Consultant, Educational Options, Student Support, and American Indian Education Office, by phone at 916-323-1028 or by e-mail at dkopperud@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

[ORIGINAL SIGNED BY]

Tom Torlakson

TT:dk

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