Year two of our county-wide
Attendance Awareness Campaign
nearly complete!
Theme for May: 
Don't miss out, every day counts!

Key Message: 
Absences late in the school year can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with schoolwork, dealing with a bully, or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
Communication Tools/Strategies:
Improving attendance and reducing chronic absence is not rocket science, but it does take commitment, collaboration, and tailored approaches to the particular challenges and strengths of each school community.  Schools, communities, and advocates across the nation have successfully taken steps to ensure children are attending school more regularly.

Check out the "What Works" section of the Attendance Works website to learn more about these strategies and to see examples of evidence based practices to improve attendance from schools and districts around the country.
Engage now, and help us boost school attendance and reduce truancy countywide! You can also follow the status of the county-wide campaign and share the strategies that you are using at your site and on social media

School Climate & Student Engagement
Professional Development Needs Survey 

As we near the end of the school year, we are already busy scheduling meetings and trainings for next school year! 

In our ongoing efforts to meet current needs of our district, school, and community-based organization partners, we invite you to respond to our School Climate & Student Engagement Professional Development survey

Participate in our survey here...Survey open until May 12th, so please participate now.  it only takes a few minutes!  We sincerely thank for your input.
Upcoming Webinars:
Tuesday, May 17, 2016-
Using Data to Drive Action: 
Portraits of Chronic Absence

11 am - 12:30 pm

The imminent release of the first national data on chronic absence from the Office of Civil Rights offers educators and local leaders an unprecedented opportunity to explore in detail (by district, by school and by student sub-groups) the national picture of how many students are at academic risk due to missing too many days of school.

What can we learn from states and communities that are already using their local chronic absence data to raise awareness about the impact of absences on student achievement?  Join the partners in the Attendance Awareness Campaign as we focus on how state and local innovators, such as the ones in Mississippi, New Jersey and Oregon are already using chronic absence analyses to galvanize action to reduce chronic absence.

In addition, Attendance Works will preview upgrades to its free District and School Attendance Tracking Tools.

Don't forget to save the following dates for the Attendance Awareness Campaign 2016 webinar series:  August 16, September 8, and November 1.
Past Webinars--
April 12, 2016:  Motivating Good Attendance All Year Long
Attendance Works' first Attendance Awareness Webinar for 2016 focused on the latest strategies for leveraging positive messaging to prevent and reduce chronic absence. Use the links above to check out the content if you were not able to attend. Presenters included:
  • Marci Young, United Way Worldwide
  • Lysette Lemay and Yesenia Gonzalez, Parent Teacher Home Visit Project
  • Todd Rogers, Harvard University
  • Jill Habig, Office of Attorney General Kamala Harris
  • Josh Skolnick, U.S. Department of Education
  • Hedy Chang and Cecelia Leong, Attendance Works
2016 Attendance Awareness Calendars
On Sale NOW... Get yours today! Only $10 

This beautiful calendar displays the winning submissions from the "Every School Day Counts" Poster and Essay contest. The contest consisted of a poster contest for students in Grades K-5 and an essay writing contest for middle school students. There were over 256 posters and 60 essays submitted and we are proud to display the creative work of our students throughout this calendar. If you are interested in purchasing one, please visit our website for an order form here.

All proceeds from the sales of this calendar will be used to support ongoing Attendance Campaign activities.

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