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Attendance Works

 

 

The following information was taken from the Attendance Works website at http://www.attendanceworks.org/:

Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes awareness of the important role that school attendance plays in achieving academic success starting with school entry. Its goal is to ensure that every district in the country not only tracks chronic absence data beginning in kindergarten or ideally earlier, but also partners with families and community agencies to intervene when attendance is a problem for children or particular schools.

Its three objectives are to:
·         Build public awareness and political will about the need to address chronic absence.
·         Foster state campaigns by developing coalitions to advance state and local policies.
·         Encourage local practice by providing technical assistance and tools.

In September 2013, Attendance Works released a state policy brief, The Attendance Imperative: How States Can Advance Achievement by Reducing Chronic Absence. The brief includes recommendations for state policy and action, best practices for communities, and state-by-state highlights.

In mid-November 2013, Attendance Works announced the release of its Holiday Messaging Toolkit in English and Spanish to help offset spikes in absences that often occur before and after holidays. The toolkit has talking points, sample messages, letters, and other resources for communicating with parents before the holidays.

The Attendance Works website contains numerous resources including an awareness toolkit, research, videos, newsletter, technical assistance, and updates on state awareness activities including a policy brief, updates on state activities, a link to its Count Us In toolkit, and a community highlight feature.


Holiday Messaging Toolkit - NEW!
http://www.attendanceworks.org/tools/for-public-messaging/holiday-messaging/
Talking points, sample messages, letters, and other resources in English and Spanish for communicating the importance of keeping students in schools before and after holidays.

The Attendance Imperative: How States Can Advance Achievement by Reducing Chronic Absence
http://www.attendanceworks.org/policy-advocacy/state/state-policy-brief-the-attendance-imperative/
This brief describes the steps that districts can take to reduce chronic absence in schools. Resources include an Executive Summary, full policy brief, and State Appendix that highlights state efforts to combat chronic absence.

Attendance Awareness Month Map
http://www.attendanceworks.org/attendancemonth/aa-map/
Click on points on this map to find out what communities and states are doing to celebrate Attendance Awareness Month.

Count Us In Toolkit
http://www.attendanceworks.org/attendancemonth/count-us-in-toolkit/
Click on this link to access the Count Us In Toolkit containing ideas, suggestions, advice, and materials for promoting school attendance.

Community Highlights
http://www.attendanceworks.org/attendancemonth/community-highlights/
Click on this link to read the stories and ideas shared by communities promoting Attendance Awareness Month.  


 

 

The development of this website was funded by the University of South Florida St. Petersburg
through a grant by the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services,
Florida Department of Education (2010 - 2011, 291-2621A-1C008).

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