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Student and Mentor Perspectives on Student Success in Check & Connect

Thursday, October 12, 2017 • 2:50pm


This study was part of a randomized control trial examining the efficacy of Check & Connect on students’ cognitive/affective, behavioral, and academic engagement in five high schools in a large school district. The purpose of the study presented here was to understand students’ perceptions of how Check & Connect participation may or may not have contributed to their current school progression status, and what about Check & Connect, in particular, was helpful. Participants represented two distinct groups: students receiving the intervention and mentors implementing the intervention. The research team used a stratified sampling procedure to select students in the treatment condition who were identified as “high” and “low” achieving at the end of the C&C intervention. Students were randomly selected from the top and bottom 20 rankings, with the goal of interviewing ten to 30 students total. Several themes were identified, which will be reported in this presentation.

Presented by the Center for Early Education and DevelopmentResearch Track

Karen J. Storm

Karen J. Storm, Ph.D., has had a long career in education as a K-12 classroom educator and professor at the University of Utah, the University of Minnesota, and Lehigh University. Dr. Storm is a co-author of the Check & Connect manual, Implementing with Fidelity, and has presented nationally about Check & Connect. Most recently she was principal investigator on a subcontract with SRI for an Institute of Education Sciences efficacy study of Check & Connect in the San Jose School District. She has trained nationally about the model and was the project director of a Goal 2 Development Study that modified the Check & Connect model for use in community colleges. Dr. Storm is currently a consultant with the Center for Organizational Development in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

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