Attendance Awareness Month Update
July 19, 2017 
Resource Spotlight
Are you excited to join Attendance Awareness Month but not sure where to begin? Check out the What to Do When graphic with ideas and links to resources. Find more downloadable resources and ideas on our AAM microsite that you can tailor to your own school or district.

Tools Spotlight

Did you know that the best indication that a student is at-risk for poor attendance is that he or she was chronically absent last year? Before the new school year begins, take a moment to use attendance data from last year to identify which students need additional support and encouragement as they enter the new school year. Ask your district for chronic absence data and if they don't have it, encourage them to use our free District and School Attendance Tracking Tools.
Action Map

Don't forget to pin your activities on the Attendance Action Map and share your work with colleagues in communities near you or in your state. We're hoping for 600 pins on the map this year. Make sure your activity is included!
Research Spotlight

A new study by The University of Texas at Austin highlights the financial effects of bullying on student attendance. In states that use average daily attendance to calculate school funding bullying can lead to the loss of millions of education dollars. For example, California alone loses an estimated $276 million annually because children feel unsafe, according to the study in School Psychology Quarterly. Read more in Education Week's blog.
Attendance Awareness Campaign - New Webinar

It's right around the corner! Join us on August 8, 11-12:30 pm (PT) / 2-3:30 pm (ET) for our third AAM webinar entitled The Secret Formula 1+2+3: Improving Attendance for our Most Vulnerable Students. The webinar will highlight how to support the most vulnerable children and communities across all three tiers of intervention. Learn more and Register Now!

*We are likely to exceed the webinar room capacity of 500! Please note that once you register you will receive the webinar recording, PowerPoint slides and other materials whether you attend or not. You might consider organizing a separate session to watch with a group using the recording and discussion guide. Guests are welcome to log in 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the webinar.

Each webinar in this series builds on the previous one. If you missed the first two find the recording and materials here. Our webinar, It Takes Two: Adding Early Intervention Strategies has tips for supporting students with moderate chronic absence.
Policy Spotlight

Educators in states across the country are seeing that current immigration policy changes are leading to increased chronic absence. As a way to reassure parents and students that school is a safe place for learning, states and districts have posted resources to encourage immigrant students to continue getting to school every day. Find out more in our blog.
Community Spotlight
Count ME In!, a comprehensive chronic absence reduction strategy in Maine, resulted in a drop in chronic absence rates by an impressive 27 percent among chronically absent students in 60 schools. Similarly, students at-risk for chronic absence experienced an 11 percent decrease in absenteeism. Learn more about Count ME In! including its strategies.

Partner Spotlight

The Everyone Graduates Center combines analysis of the causes, location, and consequences of the nation's dropout crisis with the development of tools and models designed to keep all students on the path to graduation. That includes tracking of early warning indicators, including chronic absence. Along with Attendance Works, EGC is a partner of the National Student, Attendance, Engagement, and Success Center (NSAESC). Find out about free Early Warning Systems training and technical assistance for districts and states. Apply today
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