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The National Student Attendance, Engagement, and Success Center (NSAESC) was launched in 2016 with support from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students. The NSAESC is comprised of two distinct community of practice networks, the National Success Mentors and the Early Warning Systems Network.

The mission of the NSAESC is to disseminate evidence-based practices and build and facilitate communities of practice to help students attend every day, be engaged in school, and succeed academically, so that they graduate high school prepared for college, career, and civic life.

The strategies, technical assistance, resources and materials provided by the NSAESC are developed and compiled by national leaders with extensive expertise and knowledge of K-12 early warning systems and student mentoring models.

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The National Success Mentors Initiative aims to connect over one million students with dedicated Success Mentors in this country’s first-ever effort to use an evidence-based and data driven mentor model and student support system to tackle chronic absenteeism.


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This network of practitioners from across the nation is a collaborative effort to address the challenges of student attendance, engagement, and success by using early warning indicator systems.


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NSAESC hosts monthly and bi-monthly webinars to help disseminate evidence-based practices and facilitate communities of practice. Topics include:

  • Chronic Absenteeism
  • Early Warning Systems
  • Success Mentors
  • Student Supports

Please follow this link to access previously recorded webinars, or follow this link to register for upcoming webinars.


NSAESC hosts periodic in-person and virtual gatherings to bring together practitioners and national experts. These events showcase success stories and best practices, lessons learned, and innovative new strategies through a peer-to-peer approach to learning.

  • Flipping ESSA: Achieving Success through Student Engagement (May 2018)
  • EWS Virtual Convening (October 2017)
  • NSAESC Success Mentor Peer Learning Convening (September 2017)
  • NSAESC Virtual National Convening (April 2017)

Please follow this link to access the recordings and documents from previous convenings.


NSAESC has compiled research, reports, and evidence-based practices focused on the topics below to guide faculty and administrators towards strategies and approaches that may work best for their schools and districts. Please check back regularly as new resources and tools are added. If you seek research or information on a specific topic not found here, please contact us at to connect with one of our national experts.

  • Chronic Absenteeism
  • Early Warning Systems
  • Mentoring

Please follow this link to explore the tools and resources.