Student Engagement and Attendance Technical Assistance Center (SEAC)

Program and Grantee Support Services



Project Description

The Student Engagement and Attendance Center (SEAC) supports state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) in their efforts to reduce chronic absenteeism and increase student engagement. The SEAC is operated by Insight Policy Research and the American Institutes for Research. This technical assistance initiative is authorized under section 4103(a) of Title IV, Part A, Subpart 3, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended.

The SEAC seeks to identify and disseminate evidence-based promising practices and research, and to establish peer learning communities, guided by subject matter experts, that allow for stakeholders to learn effective strategies from one another. The SEAC also develops tools, products, and resources on chronic absence interventions and improving student engagement in learning. Finally, the Center offers supports to SEAs and LEAs in developing their learning response to the national COVID-19 pandemic, identifying strategies to reengage with students and families to facilitate learning recovery.

This work continues the previous efforts of the previous National Student Attendance, Engagement, and Success Center, in operation from 2016 to 2018.

Types of Technical Assistance

The SEAC’s technical assistance activities include informational webinars, peer-to-peer virtual events, learning events facilitated by subject matter experts, and collaboration with other technical assistance centers.

Additionally, the SEAC identifies, creates, and disseminates resources, including publications, promising-practice briefs, and other tools that address chronic absenteeism and student engagement.

Peer to Peer Exchanges

The SEAC is engaging SEAs and LEAs in its Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Network, launched in November 2020. The P2P focuses on two topical strands—attendance data and attendance supports. Participants are sharing challenges and promising practices and strategies with one another as well as piloting a checklist tool for attendance support. Examples of topics addressed include defining and implementing key attendance terminology, school climate, social and emotional learning, and adapting attendance practices for hybrid or remote settings.

Student and Family Reengagement Learning Series

The SEAC is convening the Student and Family Reengagement Learning Series for SEAs and potential partners to focus on strategies for reengaging students and families during the 2021-22 school year. This Learning Series will provide the opportunity to establish a collective understanding of emerging promising practices from research and peers for reengaging students, elevate and promote promising practices on student reengagement, and create a shared framework to support the implementation of reengagement strategies. To learn more about the Learning Series, including how to participate, please contact Dani Filo-Jones ( or Jenny Scala (


Promising Practices Brief: Improving Student Engagement (July 2020)

Legacy resources related to chronic absenteeism are available at National Student Attendance, Engagement, and Success Center

Contact the SEA Center

For more information about the SEA Center, please contact Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, PhD at

Contact Information

  • Ed Vitelli, Group Leader
    Program and Grantee Support Services
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    400 Maryland Ave., S.W. - Room 3E106
    Washington, DC 20202
Last Modified: 04/11/2021