Project Initiative

Attendance Task Force

The Attendance Task Force is a short-term project convened to identify opportunities for community partners to contribute in meaningful ways to address the systemic barriers that prevent students from being present at school. This project will identify barriers to regular school attendance (such as transportation, housing, job relocation, health and competing family needs) before proposing recommendations that leverage existing resources, planned events and community resources.


Kathryn Addison, MNPS - Family Engagement Specialist

Alan Calhoun, Juvenile Court Metropolitan Nashville- Metro Student Attendance Center

Kawema Orita, Communities In Schools

Katrinna Collins, Metro Nashville Public Schools - special populations

Marvin Cox, Metro Action Commission

Marcel Hernandez, Be About Change

Catherine Knowles, Metro Nashville Public Schools - HERO 

Viva Price, Youth Encouragement Services

Beth Schroeder, MNPS - Coordinator, School Counseling Services

Makeda Watson, MNPS Community Achieves

Lyn Ratliff, MNPS - Attendance 

Tremeta Norman, MNPS - Family Engagement Specialist (high schools) 

Carol Lampkin Brown, MNPS - Attendance

Megan Trcka, MNPS-Office of English Language Learners 

DaVonne Jinks, MSAC

Attendance Task Force update - January 2024

During three strategic planning sessions, the Attendance Task Force drafted the following recommendations for the 2024-25 school year:

• A Family University collaboration with immigrant/refugee-focused agencies to strengthen bi-directional communication between EL Families and MNPS

• The appointment and training of Parent Attendance Ambassadors, who will serve as advocates and resource guides for other families

•  The enhancement of mentoring support for students before, during and after school

Alignment Nashville staff will work closely with Family University and Community Achieves, as well as additional community partners, to implement the above recommendations. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Nathan Shulman, Collaborative Initiatives Manager, at

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