Attendance Awareness Month Update
  May 24, 2017 
Tools Spotlight

We've updated our popular toolkit for teachers! Teaching Attendance 2.0 offers new research-based messages, resources and strategies to help educators reduce chronic absence by integrating attention to attendance into everyday activities.
Teachers don't need to solve the problem of chronic absence alone. All professionals who work in the school building-from secretaries and librarians to kitchen staff and bus drivers- can make a difference in helping individual students be in school every day. Find the toolkit on our website and download the summary now!
Spread the word about the updated Teaching Attendance 2.0 in newsletters and social media using sample messages below.

Research Spotlight
Two new research studies show how well-crafted, simple reminders sent home to parents can inform parents and improve attendance. In one pilot, students whose families received the mailings missed 8 percent fewer school days than students in the control group. The messages sent home empowered parents to improve their child's attendance, says researcher Todd Rogers of Harvard.

Policy Spotlight
Healthy Schools Campaign just released Framework for Action: Addressing Chronic Absenteeism through ESSA Implementation. Done in partnership with Attendance Works, this brief explains different approaches that stakeholders might use to leverage ESSA to support efforts to address chronic absenteeism. HSC's May 8 webinar focused on the connection between good student health and strong attendance. Download HSC's brief
, and view the webinar recording and PowerPoint slides .  

Community Spotlight
In CA, Contra Costa County Office of Education's attendance awareness campaign, called "Every School Day Counts: Attend Today, Achieve for a Lifetime!" crafts monthly themes and information for principals to send to families in school newsletters, created a free toolkit, develops webinars and hosts its own poster contest for students funded by local corporations. Winning posters are featured in a calendar and displayed on local buses!

Attendance Awareness Campaign New Webinar

Save the Date!  August 8, 11-12:30 pm (PT) / 2-3:30 pm (ET). This free webinar, The Secret Formula 1+2+3: Improving Attendance for our Most Vulnerable Students, will show how to support the most vulnerable children and communities with all three tiers of intervention. Registration opens soon!
Each AAM webinar builds on the others! ICYMI, we've posted online the PowerPoint presentation and recording of our two webinars: It Takes Two:  Adding Early Intervention Strategies to Address Chronic Absence, on May 23, and Reducing Chronic Absence:  It's a Matter of 1, 2, 3! on March 28, 2017. Find the webinars on our website.
EWS and Success Mentor Webinars

The National Student Attendance, Engagement, and Success Center (NSAESC) is sponsoring a series of webinars to share practices around early warning systems that identify students who are missing too much school. Some webinars include approaches for Success Mentor initiatives underway in the 30 My Brother's Keepers cities. Read our blog , and Register for the webinars .
Partner Spotlight

America's Promise leads an alliance of organizations, communities and individuals dedicated to making the promise of America real for every child. Its signature effort, the GradNation campaign, mobilizes Americans to increase the high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020. The just released 2017 Building a Grad Nation report shows that at 83.2 percent, the national graduation rate is at an all-time high. To meet 90 percent the nation must double its pace of progress and focus on the deep disparities that remain for specific subgroups.

Help us spread the word!

  • New! Teaching Attendance 2.0 has research-based strategies, messaging resources to help kids be in #SchoolEveryDay

  • Our revised toolkit for teachers shows how everyone can Teach Attendance! New strategies resources #SchoolEveryDay

  • Attendance Works has updated its popular toolkit for teachers! Teaching Attendance 2.0 has new research-based messages, resources and strategies for helping educators reduce chronic absence by integrating attention to attendance into everyday activities. Download the toolkit summary and find the complete toolkit on the Attendance Works website:

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