ENGAGE Michigan is a statewide program funded by the Department of Education and offered to Michigan's local education agencies (LEAs) to assist schools and families disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing intensive outreach, engagement, and enhanced support for all students.

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Program Overview

ENGAGE Michigan assists districts in engaging students and families who are struggling with the transition to remote learning. We know that the challenges students must overcome to succeed in today’s disrupted learning environments require significant on-going support, not just one-and-done problem solving.

The program starts with a multi-modal outreach strategy designed to reach eligible students and families you refer via phone, mail, text, or social media. Once re-connected, students are given the opportunity to work with a dedicated coach through the end of the school year. The coach helps to identify and mitigate the obstacles preventing engagement, helps the student learn the skills necessary to succeed in the remote learning environment, monitors the student’s pace and progress, and provides the support the student needs to stay engaged, helping them continue their educational journey and progress toward graduation. 

ENGAGE Michigan

Attendance Recovery Program 

Which Students Qualify?

There are many reasons why a student might be struggling right now — and, as our data from the spring shows, even those who were successful in their classes before the public health crisis may be struggling. This is not their fault, nor is it the fault of their teachers or their schools. The learning environment has shifted in profound ways and many students are struggling with this change. The following students qualify to participate in the ENGAGE Michigan program. Students who are in grade k-12 and who:

  • did not engage in their district's remote continuous education offerings in Spring or Fall of 2020; or
  • need intervention based on their absences or consistent disengagement in classes; or
  • have disengaged in their education, are attending school irregularly, or are not progressing their coursework; or
  • are in danger of failing one or more class; or
  • are McKinney Vento eligible or are in foster care; or
  • students whose families require financial or social support.

On-going Support Levels

Graduation Alliance’s Ongoing Support Levels are delivered through Academic Coaches and intervention methods vary based on the Ongoing Support Level to which the student is assigned. The engagement with students could range from daily outreach to periodic check-ins with students and their families.


Thank you for your interest in ENGAGE MI. We are now at capacity for the program and unable to take additional opt-ins at this time. If you would like to be put on a waitlist for the program, please complete the form below.


Next Steps

Participation in ENGAGE Michigan starts with your LEA opting in via this landing page. Space in the program is limited, so we ask that you estimate as close as possible the number of students you would like to refer who meet the eligibility criteria above. Our team will be in touch with you to confirm your opt-in and discuss next steps, including providing access to the toolkit for sharing information about the program with staff and your community. We will also reach out to your designated data coordinator to make sure they have access to the secure SFTP site, review the data template, and answer any questions they might have.

Wait List

To learn more about Engage Michigan, please watch a recording of one of our past webinars. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at EngageMI@GraduationAlliance.com.