Attendance Awareness Month Update
August 16, 2017
Tools Spotlight
Back-to-school nights or parent summits are opportunities to orient parents to school policies and connect them to helpful resources. Think of ways to provide incentives for parents who are trying to improve their children's attendance. If you have data for your school or community, share the information with parents. Or simply share what we know about the importance of good attendance. Find tips for making the most of the first few weeks of school in Count Us In
Resource Spotlight

E3 Alliance, a regional, data-driven education collaborative based in Austin, Texas realized in 2013 that a spike in absenteeism in schools was perfectly timed to a spike in flu cases in the region. An evaluation of E3's Kick the Flu school-based immunization campaign found that when data is limited to 2 baseline and 2 flu peak 'clean' weeks (i.e., weeks without holiday involvement), as vaccination rates increased, absence rates decreased during the peak flu weeks. Find out more.
Action Spotlight

We will award the state with the most pins and the state with the greatest increase in pins a small prize. Don't forget to pin your activities on the Attendance Action Map. We're hoping for 600 pins on the map this year; make sure your site is included! You can share with us your photos, videos, and stories for a chance to be featured on the Attendance Awareness Month website or in the AAM newsletter.
Our final Attendance Awareness Campaign 2017 Webinar

Portraits of Change: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET).  Join us as we discuss Portraits of Change: Aligning School and Community Resources to Reduce Chronic Absence, a new brief from Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center. Co-authors Hedy Chang and Robert Balfanz will highlight key findings from their national and state analysis of how many schools face high levels of chronic absence and discuss the implications for state and local action. Presenters will share inspiring examples of how their communities reduced chronic absence, even when it reached high levels. (Registration opening soon!)

Each AAM webinar in this series builds on the previous one. If you missed the first two webinars find the recording and materials on our website.
New Webinar!

Starting Early: Recruiting and Supporting the Elementary Success Mentors, Wednesday, August 30, (3 pm - 4 pm ET). Join Attendance Works and the National Student Attendance, Engagement, and Success Center (NSAESC) for a free webinar focused on the development of a success mentors program for elementary students. This webinar is designed for District Captains, Principals, and Site Coordinators who are implementing the Success Mentor strategy. Learn more about Success Mentors in our toolkit. Register Now for the webinar!
Community Spotlight

Forty-five new communities have joined the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a nationwide movement to ensure early school success for children from low-income families. The communities pledge to address three underlying challenges that can keep children from learning to read proficiently: school attendance, readiness and summer learning. A few of the newest communities to join this collaborative effort are: Maricopa and Northern Pinal Counties, Ariz.; Logan Heights (City of San Diego), Orange and Santa Barbara Counties, Calif.; St. Lucie County, Fla.; six counties in the state of Georgia; Sioux City, Iowa; Chatham, Durham and Rowan Counties, N.C.; and the City of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Kansas has also joined as a statewide network.
State Spotlight

Twenty-seven school districts and School Attendance Review Boards in California were recognized for their successful and innovative programs to bring down chronic absenteeism rates in the state, according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. The number of districts that applied to the Model SARB Recognition Program tripled since 2016! The SARBs were honored during a ceremony at the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA) conference in April, as models that can be copied by other SARBs in the state.
Partner Spotlight

Get involved with Get Schooled, a nonprofit that empowers young people to get the education they need to succeed beyond high school. Get Schooled engages young people by using media, technology and popular culture to motivate students to adopt behaviors that lead to academic success. Are you looking for creative and fun ways to promote attendance and engage with your students? Get Schooled's 10-week Fall 2017 Attendance Challenge starts October 2nd, so use September to prepare. Over the last six years, the Attendance Challenges have seen amazing results with schools posting attendance increases up to 10 percent. Sign up for the Attendance Challenge by September 15.
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