The National Center for School Engagement (NCSE), collaborates with school districts, law enforcement agencies, courts, and state and federal agencies to support youth and their families to be engaged at school. We pay special attention to truancy, dropout, and bullying prevention.
The NCSE Approach
NCSE integrates the three A’s necessary for school success;
Attendance, Attachment, and Achievement
NCSE’s mission is to improve school engagement to ensure school success for at-risk youth and their families. School success is defined in terms of high school completion and positive educational outcomes for youth.
School engagement is the centerpiece of NCSE’s work to improve outcomes for youth who are at the greatest risk of substance abuse, delinquency, and dropping out of school. School engagement refers to students and families being actively involved in learning at school. It also includes school, family and community partnerships dedicated to school completion for every child.
It’s not enough to get students to school — they need to have the support to stay in school and be engaged in learning. The NCSE approach to school success is based on an integration of the 3 A’s…..
Promoting Attendance involves the design and implementation of evidence-based strategies to reduce excused and unexcused absences.
Promoting Attachment involves establishing meaningful connections with youth and their families through caring, support, and mutually-defined expectations. Includes developing positive school climates, family and community engagement, and student-focused programs and activities.
Promoting Achievement involves ensuring that students have the tools and resources to complete courses and graduate from high school.