We are happy to be implementing the Attendance and Engagement/Re-engagement project with the help of our state ESSER funds. We are currently working with high-needs districts in a collaborative and supportive role, to reframe work around attendance, engagement, and re-engagement of students in their school communities. While attendance has traditionally served as a proxy variable for engagement, it has always fallen short in specifically identifying root causes and gaps in our education system and supports. We are helping to analyze student absenteeism data, and identify where re-engagement is needed, and what supports can facilitate this. We are collaborating with multiple stakeholders around the region with ties to attendance, and are creating partnerships and pathways that can be responsive to both students and families, using a culture and equity lens.
Early Warning Systems provide powerful tools for to shift educator practice in order to ensure that students stay on track for key academic milestones. By combining real-time predictive data with a coordinated response system, educators can identify and proactively engage students who may not be receiving the support necessary to stay on track for key academic milestones at both individual and system levels. PSESD is committed to providing regional support and technical assistance to support shifting educator practice and beliefs to ensure that all students achieve at high levels.
Attendance has been proven to be one of the most powerful predictors of academic achievement and can have a dramatic impact on key milestones, including third grade reading, ninth grade achievement, high school graduation, and postsecondary persistence. Chronic absenteeism is missing 10% of school, regardless of the reason. A focus on chronic absenteeism examines the link between loss of class time, academic achievement, and educator practice, including cultivating authentic relationships with students, families, and community organizations. An awareness of chronic absenteeism and its potential impact will empower students, families, and communities to make informed decisions regarding missing school.
Tools & Strategy:
PSESD is committed to providing relevant tools for educators, students, families and community organizations through our attendance toolkit and media toolkit.
The District Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Implementation Grant Application is now live! This is an exciting opportunity that provides intensive support for the implementation of an integrated MTSS framework. Please take a moment to watch the video below to get more information about the grant.