December 19, 2012


Check & Connect December 2012 News

We are overwhelmed by sadness from last Friday's tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. If you have not already seen this, you might view the links from Resources for Schools to Prepare for and Recover from Crisis, offered by the U.S. Department of Education. Our condolences go out to the individuals and families of those victimized by this event, and the entire Newtown, Conn. community.

  1. Attend-Engage-Invest! Blog Posts
  2. Tips: Why Do Students Say they Drop Out?
  3. Upcoming Webinars & Trainings
  4. (NEW!) C&C Posters: Seeking Your Ideas!
  5. National News & Resources
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C&C Blog Posts

C&C's Attend-Engage-Invest blog offers stories, perspectives, and resources on issues of dropout, student engagement, and related topics. Our latest posts include:

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Service Learning: One Way to Foster Student Engagement
By Sharon Mulé 

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Engagement: A Brief Visual Overview of an Educational Buzzword
By Chris Opsal

Comments welcome on our blog posts! You may also follow our blog via email for up-to-date announcements of new posts.

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C&C Tips: Why Do Students Say they Drop Out?

According to one study of 467 young people aged 16-25 who self-identified as high school dropouts throughout the United States (Bridgeland, Dilulio, & Morison, 2006), below are reasons why students say they dropped out of school:

As you can see, most of these kids were "pushed out" of school by school-related factors, rather than "pulled out" by things outside of school. Consider what factors in your school might be contributing to students dropping out.

Bridgeland, J. M., DiIulio, J. J., & Morison, K. B. (2006). The silent epidemic: Perspectives of high school dropouts. Washington, DC: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Civic Enterprises, LLC. Retrieved from

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C&C Webinars & Trainings

Overview Webinar • January 15, 2013 from 1:00-2:00pm Central (register by January 4)

This is a 1-hour introduction to the components, elements, and implementation of Check & Connect, held at your computer with an Internet connection (you will also need computer speakers or headphones). The presenter shares the basics of Check & Connect and highlights the importance of keeping students engaged in order to prevent truancy and dropout. Time will be provided for participants to ask questions regarding Check & Connect and its implementation. This webinar is ideal for representatives from schools and organizations who want a brief overview of Check & Connect. 

Cost: Last chance to register at the $30/registered computer rate (webinar prices increasing to $50 beginning in February 2013). You may have multiple people at one computer. Go to for more information and to register (deadline January 4).


Mentor Training in Minneapolis • February 7-8, 2013 (register by January 18 - early bird by January 4)

A 2-day competency-based training designed to educate and support new or existing Check & Connect mentors.

Participants will learn about and understand—

Cost: Early Bird Registration: $730 per participant if registering by January 4; $770 per participant if registering between January 5 and January 18 (registration deadline). The fee includes a copy of the new 2012 Check & Connect implementation manual and continental breakfast and lunch for both days of the training.

Go to for more information and to register (deadline January 18).

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C&C Posters: What would be helpful?

Have you wanted a particular message posted to the wall of your school's hallways or classroom or where you meet with students 1:1? We are creating posters with Check & Connect-related messages and would like to know what would be useful for you. We have a few ideas, like goal setting tips and problem solving steps, but need your input! What sort of posters would you like? What themes, messages, or information would be most useful for you and your students? Share your ideas online or reply via email (all ideas welcome!). Thank you!

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National News & Resources

Coping with Tragedy

Resources for Schools to Prepare for and Recover from Crisis
All of us who work in education have broken hearts and are haunted by the tragedy visited on the educators, students, and families of the Newtown Public School District and Sandy Hook Elementary School. Whenever a school experiences violence and … Continue reading →

Looking for state and national statistics on dropout rates?

  1. Click the interactive U.S. map at BoostUp (includes data for several different ethnic groups by state)
  2. Download your state's data (from the Alliance for Excellent Education) on the economic consequences of dropping out of school:

Chicago, IL

Chicago Public Schools is expanding Check & Connect implementation at the elementary school level. See news stories below:

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