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.


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Website homepage for Take Action for Adolescents

Presents the Take Action for Adolescents, including the eight goals and aligned initial action steps that can help create coordinated systems, services, and supports that young people need to thrive. 

Resource on Confronting Racial Discrimination in Student Discipline

Shares information to support schools’ efforts to confront the issue of race discrimination in student discipline effectively.

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Analyzes effective, readily scalable approaches to address high levels of absenteeism, covering topics ranging from family engagement to the value of attendance incentives, as well as students’ social and emotional well-being. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Provides research-based steps parents can take to support the health and well-being of LGBTQI+ youth. Also, outlines effects on education and mental health regarding this population and what can schools can do to foster a nurturing environment.  

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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.

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