Engagement

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Engagement is defined as strong relationships between students, teachers, families, and schools, and strong connections between schools and the broader community.

Student engagement is a key element of a positive school climate, with a large body of research linking it to academic achievement. The term student engagement can provide an overarching framework for many positive individual student processes, relationships within the school, and contextual qualities.

 

Featured Resources

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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.

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
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.

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.

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. 

U.S. Department of Education
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.

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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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.
Get Schooled
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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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