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Implementing Check & Connect in a High School Setting: Reavis High School Model

Thursday, October 12, 2017 • 1:30pm


Reavis High School is a suburban high school located in Chicago's southwest suburbs. We serve a diverse population of approximately 1800 students. For at-risk students requiring Tier 2/Tier 3 levels of support, our current mentoring program following the Check and Connect model has improved engagement for struggling students in areas of attendance, behavior, and grades. In our second year of implementation, this presentation will review our school's procedures and strategies for an effective mentoring program, detail success stories, and outline how we secured building wide support to overcome challenges, leading to early success.

Presented by Reavis High SchoolLeadership Track

Vicki Schwarz

In her eleventh year in practice, Vicki Schwarz is currently a school psychologist at Reavis High School. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana and earned her Educational Specialist degree at Loyola University Chicago. Vicki has worked with students in various settings from early childhood to high school. After attending Check & Connect's training in 2015, she has worked to implement and coordinate the program for at-risk students at Reavis High School.

Julie Schultz

Julie Schultz has served in many roles including teacher, coach, and division chair in my twenty years of public education. She is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University where she earned her bachelors and masters degrees; she earned a second Masters Degree in Administration from Governors State University. Her current role as the Student Services Director includes coordinating the District 220 (Burbank, Illinois) plan for providing behavioral interventions in a multi-tiered problem solving approach and leading the Tier III team.

Nicole Ficaro

This is Nicole's eighteenth year as a Special Education teacher at Reavis High School. Nicole is a graduate of Illinois State University and earned her Masters Degree from Saint Xavier University in teaching and leadership. She has taught students from various backgrounds throughout her career and strives to maintain a positive learning environment. She currently assists the MTSS team, is a trained Check & Connect mentor, and assists in coordinating Check & Connct for the school district.

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