Attendance Awareness Month Update
September 20, 2017
Making the Most Out of the Attendance Action Map

Tell us about what you are doing to motivate students to show up to school this September! Please pin your activities on the Attendance Action Map. We will award the state with the most pins and the state with the greatest increase in pins a prize. If you tell us your story, you have a chance to be featured on the Attendance Awareness Month website or in the AAM newsletter as a community spotlight. Pin today!

And, if you are wondering what to do, look at the Attendance Action Map to get ideas. You can also use the map to find out who else is celebrating Attendance Awareness Month in your region.
Superintendents Call to Action

Superintendents across the country are raising their voices and leading the effort to improve attendance starting in the early grades in your community. Watch for our ad in the September 20 issue of Education Week, where we list the 571 Superintendents who have already signed up for the Call. If your superintendent hasn't yet joined, encourage them to sign up here.
Tools for Teens Spotlight

In middle and high school, it's important to target messages toward students as well as parents. Schools can engage students with incentives, contests and strong messaging. It also helps to empower middle and high school students to develop their own strategies for getting to school and to monitor when absences add up. Find more approaches for secondary students on our website.
Video Spotlight

"Missing one goal a game can make the difference between winning and losing," Henry Wingo, Seattle Sounders FC Midfielder says in a PSA encouraging students to come to school every day. The Seattle Sounders, Rave Foundation, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Office of the Governor, Washington state teamed up to record two PSA. View the PSAs. The videos are part of OSPI's expanded attendance awareness campaign. Find out more on the OSPI website.
Community Spotlight

Beaumont Unified School District (California) will hold two districtwide attendance day challenges this month as part of its Attendance Matters campaign to encourage all students to be in school every day. Schools started off the year by creating a welcoming environment with staff greeting students as they arrived with words of encouragement and high fives. Check out the video.
Events Spotlight

Hedy Chang, Attendance Works' executive director will join a panel in Washington, D.C. on September 26 to discuss a new report from Future Ed analyzing how many states included chronic absence in their state plan for implementing the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The report and panel will also discuss the advantages and potential perils of making absenteeism part of an accountability system. Register and learn more.
National Convening

Save the Date! Join us at the Early Warning Systems Community of Practice Fall Virtual Convening October 24-25, 2017, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Safe and Healthy Students and its National Student Attendance, Engagement and Success Center (NSAESC). Learn more.
Attendance Awareness Campaign 2017 Webinars

Thank you to everyone who joined our Attendance Awareness Campaign 2017 webinar series, Reducing Chronic Absence: It's a Matter of 1, 2, 3! The four webinars build on each other and focus on each of the three tiers of action needed to improve attendance. Find the webinar recording for all four webinars on our website.
Partner Spotlight
New AAM Partners

We are delighted to welcome four national organizations as the latest to join the Attendance Awareness Campaign 2017!
  • The Children's Health Fund Healthy and Ready to Learn initiative
  • The Council of Chief State School Officers
  • FutureEd, at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy
  • The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families
Find out more about each organization on our AAM Partner page.

Points of Light's Corps 18 Program serves as a thought leader on volunteer solutions that address chronic absenteeism and overall student performance. Corps 18 collaborates with schools, communities and families to develop initiatives that motivate better attendance, such as parenting workshops, no-bully videos and family Science nights. Since 2014, 83 percent of participating students demonstrated improvement in attendance, academic performance and/or discipline, as a result of the Corps 18 Program. Points of Light is the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

City Year believes that when schools and partners work together, we can tackle chronic absenteeism and ensure that all students have access to relationships with caring adults who inspire them to come to school. In a blog post Jim Balfanz, president of City Year, says that improving attendance is just one - though very important - part of holistic efforts to transform schools into places of learning, exploration and risk taking, where every student feels safe and connected to his or her school community. Read the blog.
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  • Low-income kids are 4X more likely than peers to be chronically absent & miss key lessons early on #SchoolEveryDay
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  • A new analysis, Portraits of Change, by Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center found that overall, more than 7 million students nationwide are chronically absent from school. In one-fifth of schools, chronic student absence rates affect 20-30 percent or more of their students. At such high levels, all students in the classroom can lose out when teachers have to deal with the churn of sporadic attendance. The report profiles inspiring examples showing that chronic absence can be turned around, even when it reaches high levels.
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