Attendance Awareness Month Update
October 3, 2018
Everyone Can Play A Part in Reducing Chronic Absence

Now that September has wrapped up we want to thank all of you for your support of Attendance Awareness Month! Your activities are helping provide every student an equal opportunity to learn and thrive by being in school every day. As we move forward in this school year we encourage you to remember that attendance awareness is a year-round campaign. Watch your email for one more update and the Attendance Awareness Month 2018 infographic.

Everyone in the community - from superintendents to principals and teachers, from office staff to bus drivers to expanded learning providers -has a role to play in addressing student absences. Our resources for educators can help you discover what you can do to ensure all students have a chance to succeed in school and in life.

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Research Spotlight

Researchers at the University of Nebraska have found that interventions in their state intended to improve attendance are effective with students who miss the most school, or at least 20 percent of the year. The researchers evaluated 12 absenteeism programs, across 137 schools, that used interventions such as matching a student with an adult at school and making phone calls to homes or referring students to counseling. The study, Absenteeism Interventions: An Approach for Common Definitions in Statewide Program Evaluations, is published in Justice Evaluation Journal. Find the research. A news summary in EducationDive provides research highlights.
Share Your Story Spotlight

Thanks to Read by 4th, 148 schools in the Philadelphia area have access to a toolkit chock full of flyers, posters and best practices to improve school attendance. Read by 4th created the toolkit in conjunction with the School District of Philadelphia, caring organizations and education professionals. Check out the toolkit.

Bethel High School in Spanaway, Washington hosted an attendance video contest, provided winners a pizza party and featured the videos on the school website. Educators are spreading information about attendance through newsletters, posters, attendance facts shared in morning announcements, a community organization presentation during orientation, an attendance badge on the school website, and attendance tweets on the school's Twitter account.

Brookfield Elementary School in Oakland, California's annual poster contest asks students to depict why they love school and why it's important to be at school every day on time. Winners of the September attendance challenge earn a field trip, although the attendance challenges occur throughout the school year, especially during school breaks to remind families not to take extra days off.
Resource Spotlight

In middle and high school, it's important to target messages toward students as well as parents. Schools can engage teens with clear messaging about the impact that missing too many days can have on students' ability to graduate. It also helps empower teens by encouraging them to develop their own strategies for getting to school and to monitor when absences add up. See resources for secondary students.
Teaching Attendance Online Curriculum

Do you have a chronic absence problem? Attendance Works has created the Teaching Attendance Curriculum, an online, interactive educational program designed to equip teachers and school support staff with an understanding of the issue, and the guidance and resources they need to reduce chronic absences in grades K-12. Each course contains videos, reflections and opportunities to apply concepts. Start learning today! Register.
Blog Spotlight

The Data Quality Campaign's blog post, Chronic Absence Data Brings a Community Together to Support Students, highlights the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania's use of data to begin its successful Be There campaign in Allegheny County, (which includes the city of Pittsburgh). Empowered with data, Allegheny County community members collaborated around a shared vision of addressing chronic absence resulting in more students being in school every day. Find the blog.
Webinar Spotlight

Join Panorama Education and Attendance Works on Oct. 12, 2018, at 12 p.m. ET, in a webinar that explores how schools and districts are rethinking their approaches to chronic absenteeism. Speakers will share the ways districts can leverage school climate and social-emotional learning (SEL) to create positive school environments and foster the development of social-emotional skills that support increased attendance. Register here.

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Join us & @PanoramaEd on Fri, Oct. 12 to learn new strategies for reducing chronic absenteeism featuring @ogdensd and @We_Are_GR! Save your spot here: #SELwebinar #SchoolEveryDay
News Spotlight
Sponsor Spotlight

A special thanks to our Attendance Awareness Month Campaign corporate sponsor, Scholastic, for its commitment to help ensure that every child is in school every day. Scholastic's investment makes it possible for us to provide you with free strategies and materials:

Scholastic - $20,000
Social Media

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Under #ESSA the vast majority of states (36 plus D.C.) adopted a chronic absence school accountability metric in their state plans. How can schools reduce chronic absence? Find out:

Let @attendanceworks know what are you doing to reduce #chronicabsence this year. Your activity will receive a pin on the Share Your Story Map & may be featured on the AAM website, newsletter or in a Tweet!  #SchoolEveryDay

The new report Data Matters @attendanceworks @JHU_EGC shows how you can use #chronicabsence data to interrupt patterns of inequity & improve outcomes for all kids, particularly our most vulnerable Ss. All kids deserve an equal opportunity to learn & thrive. #SchoolEveryDay
Campaign Convening Partners
See the full list of Attendance Awareness Month partners here.
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