We appreciate your interest in learning more about how to improve attendance and reduce absenteeism in one of the most valuable roles, teachers. As you are aware, teacher absenteeism in Minneapolis Public Schools is a challenge that has existed for many years. While we recognize the issue, we want to tackle the problem from a slightly different lens than in prior years. 

The Teacher Absenteeism Training Series is broken up into four parts and covers the following:

  1. The four common factors that contribute to teacher absenteeism

  2. The impact of teacher absenteeism in MPS

  3. How to shape/re-shape culture as a means of managing absenteeism

  4. How to conduct corrective discipline

When completing this series for the first time, it is recommended that you follow each of the parts consecutively to gain a greater understanding of teacher absenteeism.

If you have any questions about the content presented in this course, please contact Keenan Shelton, Director of Talent Management.




Part 1

Part 1: What’s at the Core?

The four common factors that contribute to absenteeism include: culture, climate, leadership, and accountability.

Go to Part 1

Part 2

Part 2: The Impact in MPS

We will identify the most common days and months in which teachers are absent and the impact that it has on our students.

Go to Part 2

Part 3

Part 3: Shape/Re-Shape Your Culture

There are four strategies to help shape/re-shape the culture of your team: awareness, education, engagement, and reward.

Go to Part 3

Part 4

Part 4: Corrective Discipline

Corrective Discipline is a form of progressive coaching designed to further document and address the unwanted behavior, coach/collaborate with the employee on ways to improve, while putting the employee on formal notice that you are taking action.

Go to Part 4