A Guide for Planning Transitions to Secondary (Grades 6-12) School

Positive Engagement

This section explains positive engagement, shares an inspiring positive engagement story (bright spot) and offers selected resources to support your efforts.

What is Positive engagement? It means creating a culture of attendance by taking a positive, not punitive, approach to absenteeism that is centered on belonging and engagement, and help everyone to understand why daily attendance matters in PreK-12th grade. 

Positive engagement for the 2020-2021 school year should incorporate community building strategies that are relationship centered, and engage students and families in developing transition plans.

For middle and high school teams, positive engagement should build upon family assets while putting in place universally designed resources and supports. Communications should share  in a concise, timely and accessible manner  what families can do to support their children’s learning and where to get help.

Attention to Equity

Anchor equity to your positive engagement efforts to ensure that your plans are tailored to the culture, language, abilities and realities of your students and families. Recognize the power of drawing upon the insights of students and families, and trust their leadership, especially when it comes to their experiences with systemic inequities and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bright Spot
  • Coppin Academy High School in Baltimore, MD, is committed to identifying those students from underserved communities to attend their school. View the Center for Supportive Schools’ Video of Peer Group Connection at Coppin Academy High.