Engagement

Image
engagement

Student engagement is multi-faceted, characterized by behavioral, emotional, and cognitive engagement.

Student engagement is a key element of a positive school climate, with a large body of research linking it to academic achievement. Students demonstrate behavioral engagement through actions such as consistent attendance, completing assignments, coming to class prepared, and participating in class and in school activities.

Students are emotionally engaged when they like school, are interested in, and identify with school culture. Students are cognitively engaged when they exert effort to do well in school, which can lead to strong academic self-concept.

 

Featured Resources

Graphic of rural telehealth toolkit modules

Includes a series of modules on evidence-based and promising models and resources to support organizations in identifying and implementing telehealth programs in rural communities provided by the Rural Health Information Hub and supported by HRSA.

Attendance Works apple logo.

Promotes better policy and practice around school attendance, including tracking chronic absence data for each student beginning in kindergarten, or ideally earlier, and partnering with families and community agencies to intervene when poor attendance is a problem for students or schools.

Cover page of the Skipping to Nowhere: Students Share Their Views About Missing School resource
Summarizes a survey of American middle and high school students who were missing school and asks them why they skip and what they perceive the consequences to be.
Student holding a book.

Presents findings from a study that tested four versions of an adaptive text messaging strategy to see which, if any, would reduce chronic absence and improve achievement among 26,000 elementary school students. All four versions of the adaptive text messaging strategy reduced chronic absence but did not improve achievement after one school year.

Front page of the Chronic Absenteeism resource.

Presents an interactive website which disaggregates national data on chronic absenteeism by geography, ethnicity, disability status, and school level. The data reveal a striking picture of how many students missed three weeks or more during the 2013-14 school year. 

Graphic of students in front of a school.

Promotes healthy teen relationships including prevention strategies for individuals, peers, families, schools, and neighborhoods. Also, encourages ideas and experiences young teens need in order to have healthy relationships and prevent negative relationship behaviors early in life.

Front cover image of the Fostering School, Family, and Community Involvement resource

Identifies several components that, when effectively addressed, provide schools with the foundation and building blocks needed to create and maintain safe schools. Includes basics for school-family-community collaborations, collaborations in practice, and using policy for effective change.

U.S. Department of Education logo on webpage

Announces a series of Parent Education Webinars for military-connected parents and professionals who work in support of military-connected children. Provides support from the Navy Child and Youth Services, Air Force Child and Youth Education Services and other donors.

Related Resources

Research

Policy/Guidance

Training

Websites

Products

Tools

American Institutes for Research

U.S. Department of Education

The contents of the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments Web site were assembled under contracts from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools to the American Institutes for Research (AIR), Contract Number  91990021A0020.

This Web site is operated and maintained by AIR. The contents of this Web site do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the U.S. Department of Education nor do they imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education.

©2022 American Institutes for Research — Disclaimer   |   Privacy Policy   |   Accessibility Statement