1 | The Power of Invisibility: Factors that Influence Attendance

Although irregular attendance is often treated as a matter of compliance, complex factors impact whether or not a student chooses to come to school. These factors can range from sensing a lack of belonging at school, believing that classes have no value or purpose, or feeling compelled to address issues outside school. However, when teachers and counselors use practices that help students feel visible in their school communities, attendance and engagement improve. This session provides an overview of factors that influence student attendance and research-based practices that motivate students to improve attendance.