Attendance Awareness Campaign Update
May 1, 2019
Kicking off Attendance Awareness Campaign 2019!

We're celebrating this seventh annual Attendance Awareness Campaign with the theme, We Belong in School! We are encouraging everyone to remember that students are more likely to attend school if they feel safe, connected and supported, and believe they can learn and achieve. The "We" emphasizes the need all students have to feel they belong in school. It also highlights the role everyone, from educators to health professionals, to local agency and business partners can play in creating welcoming and engaging schools that encourage daily attendance.

Be sure to view the Count Us! In toolkit and look for the updated Key Messages for 2019. Download new badges and find ideas and resources for your campaign. Join with us and more than 80 national partners working to expand on last year's success and bring more communities into our movement. Sign up to receive updates

Our next free webinar will focus on attendance strategies for the middle and high school grades where chronic absenteeism often spikes. Register Here. The webinar, Nurture Dreams: Ensure Students Feel Safe, Supported, Connected and Engaged, is on Thursday, May 16, 2019. 

We need your help to get the word out! Send this webinar description to colleagues, insert it in newsletters, or share our social media messages (below) about the webinar.

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Attendance Tools

Attendance often slumps during the last quarter of the school year. Use this time to build a positive school culture with events such as spirit week or field trips to keep students engaged. Consider a buddy mentoring program by partnering fifth graders with a kindergarten student to help them get ready for 1st grade. Find out more in TASC and ExpandED Schools' Avoiding the Attendance Slump: Strategies to Maximize Learning Time in June - A Resource Guide, developed for schools in New York.
We Belong in School!

Edutopia developed a video showing how one teacher created a pathway to belonging for every single child in the classroom by asking the class to establish a set of norms. The video is part of an Edutopia series, How Learning Happens, that shares teaching practices grounded in the science of learning and human development. The series was created in collaboration with the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative . View the video.
Policy News

This year 23 schools in California have been recognized by the California Department of Education for outstanding strategies to reduce chronic absence and increase student attendance. The schools were honored during the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA) state conference. Find contact information for the lead person for each school's programs. Learn more.

We are proud to have been named a "Friend of CASCWA" for our work in California. The recognition cited us for "helping all of us to become more data-driven in striving for more equity in our educational system."

Chronic absenteeism resulting from high mobility, unreliable transportation, or enrollment challenges is one of several youth-reported examples of barriers to satisfying course requirements in school, from a survey by SchoolHouse Connection. The non-profit surveyed homeless, enrolled students during the 2016-2017 school year. The research offers some helpful recommendations for schools and districts on providing support for homeless students. Find the paper.

Registration is now open for our 2nd AAC webinar! Join us and United Way on May 16 for the Nurture Dreams: Ensure Students Feel Safe, Supported, Connected and Engaged webinar. Being in class every day is even more critical for learning as students enter middle and high school. Instruction is fast-paced, lessons build on one another and often involve hands-on projects that can't be replicated at home. We hope you can join. Register here!
Welcome New Partners!
State Partners

This year we are inviting state-level non-profits, organizations and agencies to become Attendance Awareness Collaborating Partners. Please welcome our newest AAC state partners:

Attendance in the News
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Join @attendanceworks @UnitedWay 5/16 for the next AAC webinar, Nurture Dreams: Ensure Students Feel Safe, Supported, Connected and Engaged. Hear strategies for middle & high school where #chronicabsence can spike. Register today! #SchoolEveryDay 

In middle & high school, instruction is fast-paced, lessons build on one another & often involve projects that can't be replicated at home Join @attendanceworks @UnitedWay on 5/16 for the Nurture Dreams webinar & hear strategies for MS & HS #SchoolEveryDay
Campaign Convening Partners
See the full list of Attendance Awareness Campaign partners here.
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