Source: Epstein, J. L., & Sheldon, S. B. (2002). Present and accounted for: Improving student attendance through family and community involvement. The Journal of Educational Research, 95(5), 308-318.
Key points: The authors suggest that poor attendance with students can improved by having some form of a partnership between the school, community and the family. This can be done by providing school and community activities to involve the family. The authors suggests students have poor attendance when they become disengaged with school and don't have a motivation to learn. Implementing ways the school can communicate about the students attendance can also help - having a school contact person, workshops, home visits, etc.
Intended audience: Teachers, students, parents, people of the community.
Relevance: This article addresses an issue a lot of our schools face with poor attendance and truancy. I believe having some form of community involvement and providing activities outside of normal school hours can help build a relationship between families and schools. I believe that might more of a value than any techniques - having strong relationships between the school and family. If families are connected more to the school, then they will have better communication about what is going on.