Attendance Works is partnering with Teaching Ready to provide our new Teaching Attendance curriculum series of interactive online training courses so you and your colleagues can learn how to improve attendance in your school.  

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Chronic absence, defined as missing 10 percent or more of school (just two days each month!), is a surprisingly widespread and often unrecognized problem. Teachers and other school staff all have a role to play in reducing chronic absence.

Our Teaching Attendance Curriculum is a research-based, educational program designed to equip school leaders, teachers and school support staff with an understanding of the issue, as well as the guidance and resources they need to reduce chronic absences in grades K-12.   It can be used to rally school staff to act as the first line of prevention and early intervention and reflect upon how they can integrate attention to attendance into existing practice and initiatives. 

Each 40-minute course contains videos, reflections and opportunities to apply concepts throughout. Attendance Works will be using TeachingReady to host its programs covering strategies to address chronic absence. This is a three-part curriculum, and Attendance Works recommends beginning with Module 1. The universal strategies in Tier 1 should continue to be in place as you implement Tier 2 and Tier 3 strategies.

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With TeachingReady, you will be able to access the entire Attendance Works Teaching Attendance Curriculum:

Module 1: Why We Teach Attendance

This course for school leaders, teachers, school support staff and community partners is an introduction to chronic absence, a surprisingly widespread and often unrecognized problem. Chronic absence profoundly affects student achievement and causes teachers’ time in the classroom to be less productive. School leaders, teachers, school support staff and community partners all have a role to play in addressing chronic absence. Researchers have identified strategies to reduce chronic absence. Evidence shows that when parents, schools, educators and communities work together, we can beat the odds and witness a turnaround in chronic absence.

Module 2: Creating a Culture of Attendance - Primary Grades Version

This course for school leaders, teachers, school support staff and community partners focuses on the universal, low-cost strategies that are usually sufficient to prevent chronic absence among students in the primary grades with satisfactory and at-risk attendance. The strategies of cultivating a welcoming environment, building positive relationships, using effective messaging and recognizing good and improved attendance can be used to prevent chronic absence and combat attendance dips. While taking this module, school staff and community partners are encouraged to reflect upon how they serve as a first line of prevention through these activities that not only promote attendance but create an engaging, positive welcoming school climate that facilitates learning.

Module 2: Creating a Culture of Attendance - Secondary Grades Version

This course for school leaders, teachers, school support staff and community partners focuses on the universal, low-cost strategies that are usually sufficient to prevent chronic absence among students in the secondary grades with satisfactory and at-risk attendance. The strategies of cultivating a welcoming environment, building positive relationships, using effective messaging and recognizing good and improved attendance can be used to prevent chronic absence and combat attendance dips. While taking this module, school staff and community partners are encouraged to reflect upon how they serve as a first line of prevention through these activities that not only promote attendance but create an engaging, positive welcoming school climate that facilitates learning.

Module 3: Using Data for Intervention and Support (Primary Grades Version)

This course for school leaders, teachers, school support staff and community partners introduces Tier 2 early intervention strategies for addressing moderate chronic absence, including monitoring chronic absence data, analyzing root causes, matching appropriate interventions to root causes and connecting with students and families in the primary grades. While schools vary—in size, resources, staffing and the types of students they serve—this course teaches the key principles of using data and insights into root causes that can be useful in all educational settings. In schools with high levels of chronic absence or scarce resources, learners are encouraged to consider reaching out to potential community partners.

This course is part of a three-part blended curriculum. This is the 3rd e-learning module in the series. It is most useful for participants familiar with the concepts of the first two modules and who work in districts and or schools that have made chronic absence data available and that have begun to invest in supports—including support staff such as nurses, counselors and community outreach workers—to improve attendance.

Module 3: Using Data for Intervention and Support (Secondary Version)

This course for school leaders, teachers, school support staff and community partners introduces Tier 2 early intervention strategies for addressing moderate chronic absence, including monitoring chronic absence data, analyzing root causes, matching appropriate interventions to root causes and connecting with students and families in the secondary grades. While schools vary—in size, resources, staffing and the students they serve—this course teaches the key principles of using data and insights into root causes that can be useful in all educational settings. In schools with high levels of chronic absence or scarce resources, learners are encouraged to reach out to community partners.

This course is part of a three-part blended curriculum. This is the 3rd e-learning module in the series. It is most useful for participants familiar with the concepts of the first two modules and who work in districts and or schools that have made chronic absence data available and that have begun to invest in supports—including support staff such as nurses, counselors, and community outreach workers—to improve attendance.

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For additional information and resources, see our Teaching Attendance 2.0 Toolkit

If you are interested in getting support from Attendance Works to use these modules to facilitate planning and work at schools, please contact us! Email consulting@attendanceworks.org

Our ability to continue to provide resources such as the Teaching Attendance Curriculum depends on our foundation partners, colleagues and you. Donate Today!

We would like to express our great appreciation to the Thomas J. Long Foundation and The Stuart Foundation for their generous financial support of the development, piloting and release of the Teaching Attendance Curriculum.