Portraits of Change: Aligning School and Community Resources to Reduce Chronic Absence

This new analysis from Attendance Works and Everyone Graduates Center shows how many schools across the nation and in every state face high levels of chronic absence. Almost 10,000 schools, or one out of every 10 schools in the nation, have extreme levels of chronic absence affecting 30 percent or more of their students.

For more information, see the Attendance Works website.

School Breakfast: Reducing Chronic Absenteeism & Supporting Student Success

School breakfast can improve attendance!
Eating school breakfast increases student attendance by an average of 1.5 days of school per year.

Attendance at school is essential for academic success. Yet, chronic absenteeism (missing 10% of more of school for any reason) is negatively impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of California kids.

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Meaningful Local Engagement Under ESSA: A Handbook for LEA and School Leaders

This handbook by Partners for Each and Every Child and the Council of Chief State School Officers provides helpful guidance to local education agencies (LEAs) and school leaders as they engage with stakeholders to think about how the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) can be best leveraged locally.

School and district leaders can use this handbook as a source of strategies to employ as they build their comprehensive stakeholder engagement strategy. Advocates can use this to inform their efforts to engage with their local political and education leaders.

View on Partners for Each and Every Child’s website.

Family Engagement Toolkit: Continuous Improvement through an Equity Lens

This Family Engagement Toolkit by the California Department of Education strives to help answer the following big questions for districts and schools:

  1. How can we increase the engagement of underrepresented families?
  2. How can we help teachers and administrators become more skilled and comfortable working with all families?
  3. What kind of family engagement activities are likely to lead to the biggest learning advances for students?
  4. How can we know if our family engagement efforts are having the desired effect?

Unique aspects of this toolkit:

  1. Addresses the importance of integrating family engagement with each district’s student learning goals
  2. Includes an explicit commitment to equity in every phase of family engagement
  3. Uses the dual capacity-building framework in planning and implementation of family engagement
  4. Focuses on the role of the district and the district coordinator in leading a process of continuous improvement at schools across the district

Community Schools: An Evidence-Based Strategy for Equitable School Improvement

This brief by the Learning Policy Institute examines the research on community schools, with two primary emphases. First, it explores whether the 2015 federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) opens the possibility of investing in well-designed community schools to meet the educational needs of low-achieving students in high-poverty schools. And second, it provides support to school, district, and state leaders as they consider, propose or implement a community school intervention in schools targeted for comprehensive support.

Think Outside the Survey Box: Creative Ways to Solicit Youth Feedback

Break out of the survey box! There’s more than one way to learn what youth think, care about, want to do, or have learned in your program… so let’s use them! Check out our hands-on guide for youth practitioners to learn about verbal, kinesthetic and visual ways to solicit young people’s input. This guide will teach you to identify creative strategies for data collection in your programs, and understand the pros and cons of these strategies.

Rocking Your Community Needs Assessment – Fact Sheet

Does the term “needs assessment” send chills down your spine? Wondering how you’ll complete the community needs assessment for your next grant proposal? We’ve got you! See our fact sheet about web sites with easy-to-use data about communities. Download this list of the sites we like the most.

Rocking Your Next Needs Assessment – Webinar

To get started on a community needs assessment for your next grant proposal, watch this recording of Public Profit’s 1-hour webinar about easy-to-access data sources. This webinar was hosted by Public Profit on February 24, 2017 specifically for the California Community Schools Network, looking toward the upcoming release of the Request for Proposals for the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund: Learning Communities for School Success (Prop 47) grants. Learn about how to access and use publicly available data to help support your next needs assessment!

Making Data Work in California

This brief is designed to help district decision-makers in California think about how they might collect and use chronic absence data, with an emphasis on leveraging their Student Information Systems (SIS) to support this work. It lays out approaches to maximize the opportunities presented by recent changes at the state and federal level, including CALPADS new attendance data collection for 2016-17 school year, and new chronic absence reporting requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act. The brief also provides suggestions for how to best leverage SIS providers for tracking, analyzing, disseminating, and using chronic absence data to develop strategies to reduce chronic absenteeism among students.

New Grant Opportunity for Schools and Communities to Improve School Climate

On September 23, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund: Learning Communities for School Success program into law. This new program will provide grants to local school districts to implement research-based strategies to improve school climate and to mitigate the school-to-prison pipeline.

Get Ready to Apply:

We encourage school districts and community organizations to start preparing now for this competitive grant opportunity.

A Request for Proposal process is expected to begin in early 2017.