Resources from the PDE Roadmap & Attendance Works


PDE outlines the priority considerations regarding attendance in the 20-21 school year and points us to a tremendous toolkit from Attendance Works.

Visit the PDE Roadmap for AttendanceAttendance Works Resources


QUESTION: Do we have data that allows us to identify the types of learning activities, grade levels, or instructional delivery models where students are more engaged and we see more participation than others?

5 key areas





Chronic Absence

Resources for attendance

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This document provides school entities with guidance on how to enhance local attendance policies and systems to ensure consistent measurement, analysis, and support of daily student attendance. 


Answers from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to a number of Frequently Asked Questions regarding truancy and attendance.

Attendance Works
Attendance Playbook


Smart Strategies for Reducing Absenteeism in the COVID Era


“we explain each intervention, identify the problem it solves, summarize supporting research, offer modifications for Covid concerns, and highlight schools or school districts that have used the strategy successfully. The list isn’t exhaustive, but it represents a substantial sample of the leading work and latest thinking on improving attendance.”

Attendance Works

The Guide to Using the Attendance Playbook will assist educators and their teams in thinking through key questions in selecting, prioritizing, and implementing strategies included in the playbook.

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Brandon Langer serves as the Program Administrator of Instructional Technology at MCIU where he oversees the Montgomery Virtual Program and supports the integration of instructional technology in the Office of Professional Learning. As a former teacher and an instructional coach, Brandon has conducted numerous professional development sessions centered around technology applications and integrating student-centered instruction into the classroom. He has also worked closely with fine and performing arts teachers throughout the northeast to create and advocate for arts programs and modernize arts assessment practices. His passion for student success is grounded in his belief that teachers, not the computer, are the most powerful asset in the classroom today.

Brandon is the host of the OPL Podcast from MCIU and has earned a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University. He is a regular participant in many online PLN Twitter chats and can be followed @BrandonLanger.