With the community model, community coalitions assume responsibility for reducing chronic absence and work with the school districts and/or schools in their communities to ensure this happens. An example of this type of coalition is the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, which has several coalitions across the state. In other instances, non-profit organizations interested in the educational success of children have assumed this responsibility.
Many benefits result from coalitions' broad reach
Coalitions have the unique advantage of being able to disseminate messages community-wide.
Coalitions can partner with schools to provide interventions. For example, a Community Coalition funded:
Schools linkages are tied to coalitions' success
Coalition success is dependent on coalitions' relationship with districts and/or schools since the student-level efforts needed to reduce chronic absence require school involvement (e.g., recognition and rewards for improved attendance).
For example, Community Coalitions:
Community Coalitions need to make a collective commitment to address community challenges that impact absences.