People, groups, and organizations
- Pathways to Education is a national organization that aims to increase graduation rates in low socioeconomic communities throughout Canada. Although their primary focus is on dropout prevention, the group does extensive work to decrease absenteeism.
- The Ontario Association for Counselling and Attendance Services is an organization that supports provincial attendance counselors who work with students with high levels of absenteeism.
- Anxiety Canada is an organization focused on alleviating and helping individuals cope with anxiety-related issues.
Current and upcoming activities and achievements
- In June 2019 the Canadian Society for the Study of Education will be holding its annual conference at the University of British Columbia. Some presentations will address attendance-related issues.
- In 2019 The Ontario Association for Counselling and Attendance Services will be holding its second annual conference.
Earlier activities and achievements
- November 2018: Dr. Jay Beck delivered a presentation titled “Mental Health Issues in the Classroom: Practical Strategies for Helping Children & Adolescents” at the Edmonton Educator’s Conference.
- November 2018: Lynn Lyons gave a two day workshop titled “Managing Anxiety at Home and at School” in Saskatoon. The workshop was designed to lessen anxiety in children who refuse to go to school.
- November 2018: The Neufeld Institute held a conference titled “Resilience, Recovery & relationship: Towards Flourishing Children & Youth” that was concerned with developing resilience in young people.
- November 2018: The Mood Disorders Society of Canada hosted the third annual Canadian Educators Conference on Mental Health. Some of the topics dealt with school-based anxiety.
- June 2018: The Ontario Association for Counselling and Attendance Services held its first annual conference.
Helpful links and other resources
- Anxiety Canada has a number of resources concerning school anxiety and refusal:
- The Alberta Education Office of Student Attendance and Re-engagement (OSAR) has a number of resources regarding school attendance.
- The Manitoba Ministry of Education has attendance related resources directed at educators, parents, and students.
- In September 2017 the Nova Scotia Ministry of Education released its new attendance policy.
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