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    Success Mentors Initiative Faces Chronic Absenteeism Head On
    Posted on 02/20/2016
    Student Success Mentors

    Seattle Public Schools joins Success Mentors Initiative to eliminate chronic absenteeism.

    Seattle Public Schools is proud to announce a partnership with the U.S. Department of Education to eliminate chronic student absenteeism and further close the opportunity gap.

    Part of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper: Every Student, Every Day Campaign, the newly created Success Mentors Initiative is designed to pair students with mentors to help students improve attendance and succeed in school.

    A National Initiative

    Every year, across the nation, an estimated five to seven and a half million students miss 18 or more days of school, or nearly an entire month or more of school, which puts them at significant risk of falling behind academically and failing to graduate from high school.

    Initially, Success Mentors will target the key transition years–sixth and ninth grades–in 30 high-needs school districts across the nation. The goal is to eliminate chronic absenteeism in these grades – reaching more than U.S. 250,000 students over the next two years.

    A Leader at Seattle Public Schools

    The panel Leading the battle against chronic absenteeism in Seattle schools is Aki Kurose Middle School Principal, Mia Williams, who recently took part in a panel discussion at the White House in Washington D.C. that focused on identifying early warning systems and enhanced student support systems.

    Williams was invited by Johns Hopkins University's Everyone Graduates Center to share her experience and ongoing efforts at Aki Kurose. Much of the Success Mentors Initiative was born out of those discussions.

    Join SPS and the U.S. Department of Education as we work together to eliminate chronic absenteeism and drive success in school and in life for our youth. You can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #EveryStudentEveryDay

    Read more about Every Student, Every Day: A National Initiative to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism

    Learn more about Everyone Graduates Center on their website

    Learn more about Aki Kurose on our school profile webpage.

    Learn more about Eliminating the Opportunity Gaps at Seattle Public Schools.