TISA (Truant Interventionist/Student Advocates)

TISA (Truant Interventionist/Student Advocates)

Unit 4's Truant Interventionist/Student Advocates (TISA) staff employ a proactive approach focused on capacity building, skill building, persistence, self-confidence and resilience. They serve as a mentor and advocate for each student, providing case management services that build bridges to connect students and their families to Unit 4 and community resources. TISA staff will work closely with the Attendance Officer at each school as well as the school-based Attendance Improvement Committee (AIC) which meets weekly. The Assistant Principal, Attendance Office, Social Worker, School Counselor and representative grade level teachers comprise the Committee.

Unit 4 TISA staff will specifically provide the following non-academic truancy intervention supplemental services that are needed to increase student attendance rates or prevent students from dropping out of school. A minimum of 420 truants, chronic truants and potential dropouts will be served.

  • Court-Related Services Home Visits Mentoring
  • Personal Counseling
  • Referral for Social/Academic Services
  • Monitoring
  • Support Services for Parents/Families Transportation
  • Attendance resource: https://www.attendanceworks.org/resources/

Staff/School Assignments

Verdell Jones, TISA

Verdell Jones, TISA

  • Bottenfield
  • Carrie Busey
  • Dr. Howard
  • Westview
  • Novak
  • Centennial
  • Central
Rickey Parks, TISA

Rickey Parks, TISA

  • Garden Hills
  • Kenwood
  • Stratton
  • Washington
  • Franklin
Rich Kelly, TISA

Rich Kelly, TISA

  • Barkstall
  • IPA
  • Robeson
  • South Side
  • Edison
  •     Jefferson



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