Teacher Absenteeism Summit - Alachua County



January 15, 2020 



University of Florida 
The Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center 
2142 Shealy Drive
Gainesville, FL 32608




Florida teacher absenteeism is among the highest in the country. Attend this Summit to learn how to leverage culture and climate to positively impact teacher attendance.

FASA Member Price: $185

Non-Member Price: $235

Hotel Reservations:

A room block has NOT been reserved however, we recommend looking at these hotels.

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center

DoubleTree by Hilton Gainesville


Conference Agenda:

Tentative - Subject to Change
8:00 am - 9:00 am - Registration
9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Keynote Session with Todd Whitaker
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch & Networking
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm - Keynote Session with Craig Davis 


Sessions will include:

Developing A School Climate and Culture Where Teachers Want To Work - Presented by Todd Whitaker
Having motivated and high-energy staff members is critical to the success of every school and district. With that said, we must have schools where teachers want to work for this to be cultivated, especially when facing obstacles such as teacher shortages and attendance issues. This session will help us develop and maintain a positive climate and culture, take away the power of negative employees and increase the effectiveness of teachers. It will also focus on ways principals can lead a school so that teachers want to be there every day and have a positive impact on each student. During good times it is nice to have a positive climate, but during challenging times it is a necessity.

EQ > IQ: It Takes More than Expertise to Create a Thriving School Community - Presented by Craig Davis

While school leaders possess invaluable job-specific expertise and institutional knowledge, they vary significantly in their demonstration of emotional intelligence.  This has become a critical gap in leadership practice as teachers have become increasingly fragile.  Feeling ongoing pressure and anxiety over the scrutiny they face both locally and at the state level, they may struggle to cope appropriately.  Many repeatedly call in sick, suffer from stress-related health issues (leading to an increase in medical insurance claims), rely on prescription drugs, and cope by seeking the attention, approval, and affirmation that they are missing on the job through misuse of their cell phones.  They may inappropriately use social media and cell phone texting / messaging and engage in inappropriate relationships with students (which cell phones make more accessible)—chasing dopamine relief through their devices.  Moreover, millennial employees commonly demonstrate a far lesser degree of loyalty to their organizations than have previous generations, especially if they do not feel emotionally supported, while our students are struggling with mental health issues on an unprecedented scale.  It takes an emotionally intelligent leader to move beyond the nuts and bolts of running a school to help employees and students truly thrive.

The key outcome of the session is an awareness of how better to support teachers emotionally so that attendees will be better enabled to address this essential component of leadership.


CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations must be in writing before 5:00pm on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, to receive a refund of your registration fee, minus a $30 processing fee. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after Wednesday, January 1, 2020 or for no-shows. Substitutions must be submitted in writing.


Business Alliance Members:

Looking to Sponsor at FASA Teacher Absenteeism Summit? Contact Heather Bernier or call the office at 850.224.3626.