Teacher’s Guide to Tackling Attendance Challenges

Students can succeed in school—but they must be in school to do so. Addressing absenteeism is as important as addressing problematic behavior and academic difficulties in the classroom. To address the pervasive issue of chronic absenteeism—that is, missing 10% of school days for any reason—educators must begin to move away from a model of reliance on reactive and punitive approaches and toward one that is preventive and positive, and that uses proven principles of behavioral change.


144 pages / 7" x 10"
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  • Jessica Sprick
  • Tricia Berg
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Teacher’s Guide to Tackling Attendance Challenges, by nationally known educators Jessica Sprick and Tricia Berg, provides teachers with the information and resources they need to build a strong classroom-based initiative to improve the attendance of all students, creating a classroom culture of attendance with easy-to-implement strategies. Sprick and Berg provide concrete and practical strategies for teachers to implement in their own classrooms to address chronic absence and improve the attendance of all students, including:

  • A framework for implementation
  • Sample lesson plans
  • Examples and reproducibles for reinforcement systems
  • Talking points for use with students and families
  • Real-world examples of successful classroom-based approaches
  • Handouts for parents on establishing routines, dealing with technology and more

When teachers apply the easy-to-implement and minimally invasive strategies presented, they will see significant improvements in student attendance.

Now available: Study guide for Teacher’s Guide to Tackling Attendance Challenges

This book is a joint publication between Ancora Publishing and ASCD. Click here to view the Table of Contents and excerpts from the book.

Visit the ASCD site to view a recording of Tackling Attendance Challenges: School- and Classroom-Based Approaches, a webinar with authors Jessica Sprick and Tricia Berg. Learn how to effectively monitor attendance data and create tiered systems of support to address absenteeism. Practical strategies for school leaders and teachers will help you shift from reactive and punitive models toward proactive and positive approaches to improve all students’ attendance.

  • Jessica Sprick

    Jessica Sprick is a consultant and presenter for Safe & Civil Schools and a writer for Ancora Publishing. Ms. Sprick has been a special education teacher for students with behavioral needs and Dean of Students at the middle school level. Her practical experience working with special and general education students and staff, along with strong training in positive behavior support techniques, drives her passion to help school personnel develop and implement effective classroom management plans.

  • Tricia Berg

    Tricia Berg, Ph.D., began her career as a paraprofessional in a classroom for students with severe and multiple disabilities. She went on to get her teacher credential in general and special education, spending the majority of her time teaching students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. She has worked at the university level on research projects, teaching graduate course work, and supervising pre-service teachers. She is a national and international consultant working with schools, districts, and states to develop multi-tiered systems of support for students.