Maximize student participation and attendance.

To promote regular attendance, expanded learning time schools and out-of-school programs should identify and address factors that prevent students from attending regularly. Research has found that increased instructional time leads to better academic performance. To maximize attendance, expanded learning time schools and out-of-school program providers should set goals and monitor attendance. Out-of-school programs can minimize barriers to participation, such as transportation and operating hours. Promoting awareness of the out-of-school program benefits can promote enrollment and gain the support of school staff and parents in helping students attend the program. Expanded learning time schools can assign counseling services to chronically absent students and maintain close communication with parents and legal guardians.

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Learning Together: Encouraging Regular Attendance in Expanded Learning Time Schools and Out-of-School Programs

This tool outlines a plan for a workshop to learn strategies on how to maximize student attendance in out-of-school programs and expanded learning time schools. Related Media and...

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05/23/2014
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Methods to Assess Family Needs

Use this tool to guide data collection on potential factors that may affect attendance in your out-of-school program or expanded learning time school.

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05/23/2014
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Promoting Awareness to Maximize Attendance

This tool offers a framework for organizing key information about an out-of-school program for communication with families and key stakeholders.

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05/23/2014
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Encouraging Participation Through Communication

Encouraging Participation Through Communication

Parents describe communications with school staff about an after-school program. Having a point of contact during school and after-school hours increased their buy-in and participation in the...

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05/23/2014
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Exit Interview Form

After-school program staff members conduct this exit survey with students who choose to leave the program prematurely. This form provides space to record notes of discussion with students and...

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05/23/2014
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Chronic School Absenteeism

After-school staff members use this form to track and report on chronic absenteeism in an after-school program site, potential reasons for it, and avenues for intervention. A principal describes...

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05/23/2014
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Quarterly Parent Celebration Request Form

After-school program staff use this form to organize an event focusing on parental involvement, which is an opportunity for families and program staff to get to know each other. An interview with a...

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05/23/2014
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A Rewards System to Promote Attendance

A Rewards System to Promote Attendance

A school principal describes efforts to increase attendance in an after-school program by providing supports and incentives. Refer to the sample materials, Attendance Record Forms, Quarterly Parent...

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05/23/2014
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Attendance Record Forms

This form is used to collect student attendance data. If the student is chronically absent, the form provides space to plan for intervention. The school provides incentives for program participants...

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05/23/2014
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Parent Engagement Opportunities

Written in both English and Spanish, this letter is sent to parents of Marshall students participating in the after-school program and lists some ways parents can participate in program activities...

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05/23/2014
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A Family Approach

A Family Approach

Watch an interview with a parent coordinator about strategies to increase parent engagement. Program staff take a family approach to learning by building relationships with parents. Schools can use...

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05/23/2014
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Benchmark Madness

Benchmark Madness

Expanded learning time schools can offer special events and enrichment programs to reward students for spending extra time in the classroom during the school year, weekend, and summer. The...

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05/23/2014
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