Using a Text-Based K–12 Family Engagement Intervention to Improve Attendance

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 3,7
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand the components of a text-based family engagement intervention.
  2. understand the effect of a text-based family engagement intervention on rural K–12 student attendance.
  3. understand the implications for intervention implementation related to attendance and chronic absenteeism.


Text-based family engagement interventions can be promising, low-intensity options for reducing student absences and chronic absenteeism. The presentation will include a description of the text-based intervention utilized, the effects of results of a randomized controlled trial focusing on families of K–12 students who were chronically absent and implications for implementation.



Amber J. Humm Patnode (Brundage), Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University


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