Attendance Awareness Month Update
June 28, 2017 
Policy Spotlight
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) represents a watershed moment during which states and communities can address chronic absence. As this chart shows, 14 of the 17 state plans officially submitted to the US Department of Education for implementing the ESSA include chronic absence. This demonstrates a growing awareness among educators of the relationship between chronic absence and student learning and reflects how well chronic absence fits the criteria for what can be considered an indicator for school quality.

States that did not submit plans in April for the first deadline must do so by the final deadline on September 18th. Education stakeholders, including parents, students, teachers, district employees and community organizations can help ensure that chronic absence is a key feature of their states' ESSA plan as a measure of school accountability or at the minimum, as a prominent feature in school report cards and school improvement planning. Check your state department of education's website to find out what is happening.

Tools Spotlight

Philanthropy can play a key role in reducing chronic absence. This new brief from Attendance Works, Leveraging ESSA's New Accountability Requirements for Chronic Absence: Investment Recommendations for Philanthropy, offers insights for how funders can leverage the opportunity for high-impact investment presented by the ESSA to advance their missions.  Find out more in our blog.

Free Early Warning Systems Training
The National Student Attendance, Engagement, and Success Center (NSAESC) is offering free training and technical assistance to up to five eligible districts and states for the implementation of Early Warning Systems (EWS).  Apply today!  
Attendance Awareness Campaign Webinar
 - Save the Date!

Join us on August 8, 11-12:30 pm (PT) / 2-3:30 pm (ET) for a free webinar, The Secret Formula 1+2+3: Improving Attendance for our Most Vulnerable Students, which will highlight strategies to support the most vulnerable children and communities with all three tiers of intervention. Registration opens soon! 

ICYMI: The PowerPoint slides and recording of our two previous AAM webinars are posted online

Catalyst for Change Award

At this year's Funders Huddle Attendance Works honored Jim Williamson, President of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, with the Catalyst for Change Award for his commitment and passion for children. These efforts played a critical role in launching and sustaining the New Britain, CT Campaign for Grade Level Reading.  Read more about Jim's work and the award here

The award was presented during the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's GLR Week June 13-14, in Denver.

All-America City Awards
Fifteen communities across the country were recognized for their efforts to boost attendance, improve grade-level reading proficiency and student success among low-income families. Honored with an  All-America City Award (AAC), each community made measurable progress by engaging families and collaborating with local educators, government, business, and philanthropy organizations. The 2017 AAC Awards were co-sponsored by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the National Civic League (NCL). Read more in our blog.

Partner Spotlight

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship.

Help us spread the word!

  • Kids who miss too much school in Pre-K & Kindergarten are less likely to be @readingby3rd: #SchoolEveryDay

  • Join the Attendance Awareness Campaign today and end chronic absence in our schools:  #SchoolEveryDay

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