Information in the menus below was updated in October 2019. To contribute information that may be of interest to others in your country, please contact your country’s hosts: Christopher Kearney (firstname.lastname@example.org), Brian Chu (BrianChu@rci.rutgers.edu), Carolyn Gentle-Genitty (email@example.com), or Jake Brosius (Jake.Brosius@indy.gov). As the International Network for School Attendance grows, materials will be added to your country’s webpage.
People, groups, and organizations
Not for profit:
- ‘The International Association for Truancy and Drop-out Prevention’ (IATDP) is an association of educators, government officials and stakeholders whose history of truancy and dropout prevention efforts date back to 1911.
- ‘Attendance Works’ is a national and state initiative to advance student success by reducing chronic absence.
- The ‘National Centre for School Engagement’ (NCSE) promotes attendance, attachment, and achievement. The NCSE “collaborates with school districts, law enforcement agencies, courts, and state and federal agencies to support youth and their families to be engaged at school”, with special attention to truancy, dropout, and bullying prevention. This website includes resources for disengaged school youth at risk for dropout.
- ‘Advocates for Children of New Jersey’ focuses on several issues surrounding child welfare, including “early care and education” and “school attendance.”
- ‘School Refusal Hope’ offers information and resources for parents that are struggling to assist with children experiencing school avoidance. Topics include possible mental health diagnoses, communicating with the school, and more.
- ‘The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare’ is “a critical tool for identifying, selecting, and implementing evidence-based child welfare practices that will improve child safety, increase permanency, increase family and community stability, and promote child and family well-being.”
- ‘National Dropout Prevention Center - Model Programs Database’ is a searchable database of research-based programs and information. It includes models for Tier 1 (prevention) work.
Current and upcoming activities and achievements
- 2019, October 16-18: INSA is hosting its first conference on school attendance and absenteeism in Oslo, Norway. The US’s very own Dr. Carolyn Gentle-Genitty will be one of the international keynote speakers!
- 2019, October 20-22: The 109th Annual Conference of the International Association for Truancy and Drop-out Prevention (IATDP) will be held in Memphis (TN).
Past activities and achievements
- 2019, July 9-12: Innovative School Summit Las Vegas, was held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- 2019, January: NCSE hosted a week-long series of professional development trainings addressing the following topics: “Developing a Problem-Solving Truancy Court,” “Improving School Attendance,” “Creating a Trauma Informed School,” and “Addressing Vicarious Trauma for Staff and Students.”
Helpful links and other resources
- The “Every Student Succeeds Act” is the US law on national education and commitment to equal opportunity for all students.
- US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
- US Department of Education - “Chronic Absenteeism in the Nation’s Schools.”
- What Works Clearinghouse is “an investment of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) within the U.S. Department of Education” which “reviews the existing research on different programs, products, practices, and policies in education” in order to “provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions.” Search for absenteeism programs.
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), has resources for truancy programs.
- Articles on absenteeism can be found below.
- “Are Your Schools Tracking Absenteeism the Right Way?” published by Governing in November 2017.
- “How to Counter Back-to-School Anxiety,” published by National Public Radio on August 28, 2017.
- “Student absenteeism: Who misses school and how missing school matters for performance,” published on Sept. 25 2018.
- “Who's In: Chronic Absenteeism Under ESSA,” published on Sept. 26, 2017 by FutureEd. Future Ed is “an independent, solution-oriented think tank at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy.”
- “How Many Students Are Chronically Absent in Your State? Federal Data Show Rates Rising,” published in Education Week on April 25, 2018.
- “Roll Call: 15 Percent of K-12 Students Chronically Absent from School,” published in US News on Sept. 6, 2018.