Chronic Absence Session #5 – Increasing Attendance and Engagement for Black/African American Students

Despite progress over the last 50 years, recent events and the pandemic highlight persistent educational inequities for African American students, resulting in increased disparities in engagement and learning. Post-pandemic, chronic absence rates for African American students are alarmingly high. This session emphasizes the importance of adopting an asset-based mindset to create positive learning conditions that support African American students both in and out of the classroom. Participants gained insight into national attendance and engagement trends, learned about assets, barriers, and strategies affecting African American students, and identified culturally responsive and evidence-based approaches to enhance engagement and attendance.

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