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Attendance Awareness Month: The Research Behind Effective Interventions
More than a year has passed since American schools were abruptly closed to halt the spread of COVID-19. Many children have been out of regular school for most, or even all, of that time. Some
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Student Well-Being Spotlight Spotlight on Supporting Teachers & Students
In this Spotlight, evaluate your district and what supports your schools offer, assess attendance policies to avoid burnout, and more
September 7, 2021
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Proactively Preventing Absenteeism in the FCS
Learn how the Fulton County Schools moved from a compliance-driven approach to reducing absenteeism to a proactive approach.
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Teaching Profession Opinion Only 15 Students Showed Up for Online Class. Then, Teachers Got Creative
When COVID-19 closed school buildings, teachers worked to exhaustion but also felt proud.
Lora Bartlett, July 26, 2021
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Student Zikirah Skinner runs towards Lisanne Brown, dressed up as a Panther, the mascot of William Dick Elementary, during a surprise visit to her North Philadelphia home.
Zikirah Skinner runs toward an educator dressed as the panther mascot from her school, William Dick Elementary, during a surprise visit to her home in north Philadelphia to celebrate high attendance.
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School & District Management An Action Plan for Confronting Chronic Absenteeism This Fall
Districts that have successfully tackled chronic absenteeism share seven key insights in this roadmap for the school year ahead.
Stephen Sawchuk, July 15, 2021
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Data 'Extreme' Chronic Absenteeism? Pandemic School Attendance Data Is Bleak, But Incomplete
Only a handful of states have reported information on chronic absenteeism, right as advocates warn that addressing it will be a top priority this fall.
Stephen Sawchuk, July 14, 2021
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Pre-kindergarten teacher Sarah McCarthy works with a student at Dawes Elementary in Chicago on Jan. 11, 2021. Chicago Public Schools has launched an initiative aimed at reengaging at-risk students and ensuring they’re back in the classroom once the city’s public schools fully reopen in the fall.
Pre-kindergarten teacher Sarah McCarthy works with a student at Dawes Elementary in Chicago on Jan. 11, 2021. Chicago Public Schools has launched an initiative aimed at reengaging at-risk students and ensuring they’re back in the classroom once the city’s public schools fully reopen in the fall.
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Student Achievement Chicago Is Spending Millions to Get Students Back on Track After COVID-19
Targeting more than 100,000 students, Chicago Public Schools has launched an initiative aimed at reengaging at-risk students.
Karen Ann Cullotta, Chicago Tribune, July 1, 2021
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Student Well-Being Students Speak Out: 'We Need Mental Health Days'
Five students make a case for why schools must prioritize mental health, including excusing absences when kids need a day to take a break.
Catherine Gewertz, June 24, 2021
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Student Well-Being Why More Schools Are Excusing Student Absences for Mental Health
A growing number of states and school districts are responding to a tidal wave of stress, anxiety, and trauma.
Catherine Gewertz, June 24, 2021
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Assessment Opinion Grading Has Always Been an Imperfect Exercise. COVID-19 Made It Worse
It’s hard reducing the complexity of each student’s social, emotional, and academic learning to a letter grade. Maybe we’re doing it wrong.
Lory Walker Peroff, June 1, 2021
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Accountability Opinion Absenteeism Is the Wrong Student Engagement Metric to Use Right Now
In a post-pandemic era for school accountability, let’s focus on measuring what matters.
Sara Johnson, Annette Anderson & Ruth R. Faden, April 9, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Six Strategies I Apply to Make My Distance Learning Classes Not Terrible
Larry Ferlazzo shares the six key strategies he's using in his distance learning classes, including developing student-leadership teams.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 16, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion We've Got to Talk About Remote Student Absenteeism
What can we do when skipping school is as easy as not pressing a button, asks Assistant Principal Patrick Hunt.
Patrick Hunt, January 13, 2021
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States States Renew Efforts to Track Student Attendance as Pandemic Stretches On
With thousands of students still chronically absent from school, most states have begun to reinstate daily attendance policies.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 17, 2020
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