Positive, Problem-Solving Approach All Year Round!
It’s tempting to respond to chronic absenteeism and increased behavior problems among students with punishment. A growing body of research has found that this approach is not effective.
Instead, districts and schools can help educators to understand what draws students to school and the causes of their students’ absences, and then help them improve attendance with proactive, positive, problem-solving strategies. Read our post, The Urgent Need to Avoid Punitive Responses to Poor Attendance.
Where to start? We recommend a tiered approach that starts with foundational supports, or practices for the whole school. These are followed by prevention-oriented supports for attendance (Tier 1), early intervention (Tier 2), and intensive intervention (Tier 3).
We’ve come to the end of this year’s AAC webinar series! The webinars – a trove of best practices from districts, schools and states throughout the country – are available on our website. Consider viewing with a team to learn strategies that have worked to improve student engagement and attendance.
Please give us feedback on this year's Attendance Awareness Campaign and offer ideas for how we can improve. Watch your emails for our short survey!