Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Toolkit for Improving School Attendance

Recently, a partnership, including America's Promise Alliance and Attendance Works, released a toolkit for reducing chronic absenteeism among students, which is defined as missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2 - 3 days each month. The toolkit, Count Us In! Working Together To Show That Every School Day Matters, discusses how chronic absenteeism is related to poor academic performance and provides resources and strategies for a whole host of community stakeholders, from mayors and politicians, to school administrators and local philanthropic organizations, interested in improving attendance in their schools.

Specific resources include templates for press releases and proclamations to draw attention the issue and efforts to address it, strategies for using data to drive community outreach and assess progress in improving attendance, and suggestions for leveraging partnerships with national service organizations.

For more information about this toolkit and other resources related to improving student attendance, please visit here.

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