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Check & Connect is a comprehensive intervention designed to enhance student engagement at school and with learning for marginalized, disengaged students in grades K-12, through relationship building, problem solving and capacity building, and persistence. A goal of Check & Connect is to foster school completion with academic and social competence.
Of the dropout prevention interventions reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse, Check & Connect is the only program found to have strong evidence of positive effects on staying in school.
Check & Connect is implemented by a trained mentor whose primary goal is to keep education a salient issue for disengaged students and their teachers and family members. The mentor works with a caseload of students and families over time and follows their caseload from program to program and school to school.
The Check & Connect trained mentor continuously:
Twenty years of ongoing research documents that Check & Connect interventions yield the following outcomes (see Check & Connect Research Findings):
Persistence in school
Accrual of credits
School completion rates
We offer customized, on-site training and consultation, as well as open enrollment trainings in select locations across the United States. Select the training option that best suits your needs:
Here are just a few video testimonials from Check & Connect participants. See all interviews and testimonials.
School teacher skeptical at first, but has since found Check & Connect helps at-risk students be successful. (1:22) Transcript
Student shares how her Check & Connect mentor helped her prepare for and pass her math and reading tests. (0:38) Transcript
The original research on Check & Connect was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.