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Check & Connect Student Engagement Intervention | Institute on Community Integration
Institute on Community Integration CEHD

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The Essentials: Student-Centered Planning

Thursday, October 12, 2017 • 1:30pm


In addition to implementing Check & Connect across the state of Washington with foster care youth, we at Treehouse use another evidence based practice derived from person-centered planning which we call student-centered planning. Use of this goal-setting and action-step defining practice has proven effective for youth in foster care who often have adults making the majority of decisions for them. Our program model also provides financial support for incentives, participation in extracurricular opportunities, and removal of educational barriers. We will share how utilizing a combination of support services, in coordination with Check & Connect, enables Treehouse to provide our youth essential support and resources to achieve their educational goals.

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Danielle Wilson

Danielle Wilson is a member of the Collaborative Analytics & Innovation team at Treehouse where she focuses on training and capacity building. She was an integral piece of our recent expansion and continues to enhance the work we do to support youth in foster care. She also provides trainings across the state as a certified Check & Connect trainer.

Jamie Burns

Jamie Burns is a Senior Education Specialist at Treehouse. After pursuing her masters in teaching from Seattle University, she joined Treehouse and has since been an integral part of the expansion into new districts. In addition to her daily work as a mentor and advocate for youth in foster care, she is passionate about equity and working to better outcomes for youth through Check & Connect, student-centered planning, and trauma-informed care.

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