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The following presentations took place at Check & Connect's first national conference. 

Presentations marked with a * have handouts and/or slides.
Presentations marked with a ^ have a video recording.


Plenary Presentations

Current Models of Check & Connect Implementation ^
Moderated by Dr. Sandra L. Christenson, Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota

Helping Kids Succeed with the Student Support CardTM 
Derek Peterson, Founder and Principal Director, International Institute for Student Support (IISS)

Concurrent (Breakout) Sessions

Concurrent sessions were divided into four themed tracks:

  1. Stories from Current Check & Connect Implementation Sites
    1. Check & Connect in Schools Serving American Indian Students Lowana Greensky*
    2. Florida's C&C Story: One Pillar to Support Successful Graduates Peg Sullivan, Lael Engstrom*
    3. Truancy Prevention and Re-Entry of Adjudicated Youth: Check & Connect's Use on Both Sides of the Juvenile Justice System Judge Daniel Heath, Jerome Graham, Eileen Klemm
    4. Afterschool in Academic Achievement Kimberly Boyd, Daisy Loretta Smith*
    5. Building & Sustaining Check & Connect: The Story of Minneapolis Public Schools Colleen Kaibel
  2. Tips for Implementing Check & Connect
    1. C&C on a Shoe String: Using Volunteers and Current Staff as Mentors Kay Augustine, Erin Indrelie Swoboda, Stephen Pettinelli*
    2. Connect from a Pacific Island Perspective: Taking a Village Approach to Addressing Dropout Daniel Samuta, Arthur Mui*
    3. Using C&C with School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Andrea Matheson, Shelli Blazic*
    4. Persistence Plus for the Mentor Team: The Role of Coordinator in Ensuring Fidelity of Implementation Rebecca Philpott, Brisa Rodriguez*
    5. The Essential Components of Working with Families: An American Indian Perspective Dennis Olson*
  3. Sustaining Check & Connect
    1. Understanding the Costs Associated with Interventions to Improve High School Completion David Johnson*
    2. Getting Started with Check & Connect at the Middle School Level Richelle Dumas, Kathryn Szwed-Thompson*
    3. C&C Sustainability: Supporting & Retaining Quality Mentors Carl Sumi, Nicole Fabricant, Darcy Cabral*
    4. Is Your C&C Program Making a Difference? Karen Storm, Jane Fields, Melissa Haynes*
    5. C&C at the State Level: GradMinnesota and Systemic Improvement Plans (SSIP) Cammy Lehr, Eileen Klemm, Sandy Schmitz*
  4. Research Related to Check & Connect
    1. SEI: Systems-Level Measurement and Intervention Jim Appleton, Amy Reschly*
    2. The “Connect” in C&C: Understanding Developmental Relationships Kent Pekel
    3. How to Listen to Staff, Volunteers & Clients Richard Krueger*
    4. Promoting Cognitive Engagement Angie Pohl*
    5. Engaging Young Learners Through Early Family Intervention Amy Susman-Stillman, Karen Storm

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