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Check & Connect April 2014 News & Resources 

  1. C&C Blog Post: Reflecting on Your Fidelity of Implementation
  2. C&C Tools: Implementation Self-Assessment & Reflection
  3. Upcoming C&C Presentations and Workshops at National Conferences
  4. C&C Preparation and Implementation Training in June
  5. C&C Comprehensive Implementation Trainings in June, July, & August
  6. C&C Coordinators Community of Practice
  7. International C&C News

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C&C Blog Post: Reflecting on Your Fidelity of Implementation

Reflecting on Your Fidelity of Implementation

Reflecting on Your Fidelity of Implementation

Spring is the perfect time to reflect on your site's implementation of Check & Connect and set goals for implementation for next year.   In past blog posts, we've discussed the idea of implementation fidelity, which really means implementing an intervention or program the way it was intended to be implemented and the way that … Continue reading →

C&C's Attend-Engage-Invest Blog offers stories, perspectives, and resources on dropout, student engagement, and related topics. Comments are welcome! You can also follow our blog via email (enter your email in the upper right of any blog page) for immediate announcements of new posts.

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C&C Tools: Implementation Self-Assessment & Reflection

Image of self-assessment form.The focus of Check & Connect trainings and our implementation manual is to guide sites to implement with fidelity. This means ensuring that the core components and elements of Check & Connect are being implemented consistently. Download the Check & Connect Core Components and Elements Self-Assessment Tool for self-assessing fidelity of implementation at your site.

We recommend completing the self-assessment as a team and then discussing the following reflection questions (if you like, capture your discussion on the C&C Implementation Reflection and Goal Setting Form):

  1. What are your strengths in implementation? What are you doing well?
  2. What are the areas in which you need to improve in order to implement with greater fidelity?
  3. What are your goals for implementation the rest of this school year?
  4. What would you like to do differently next year? What improvements would you like to make?

You might also consider holding a Check & Connect Fidelity of Implementation Follow-Up Workshop at your site! Contact us with questions.

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Upcoming C&C Presentations and Workshops at National Conferences

Check & Connect staff will be presenting at the following national conferences this month:

Council for Exceptional Children 2014 Convention
April 9-12, 2014 • Philadelphia, PA
Supporting Adolescents With Emotional and Behavioral Challenges: Check & Connect, An Evidence-Based Student Engagement Intervention (Friday 2:45pm, Strand J, Session 5)

2014 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities
April 27-30, 2014 • Prior Lake, MN

Pre-Forum Workshop: Check & Connect: An Effective Approach to Engaging American Indian Youth in School (Sunday, 1:00-4:00pm )

Presentation: Connecting Through Service: Fond du Lac Ojibwe School Implements Check & Connect and Other Models to Engage Students (Tues 11:15am, Little Crow I) - project description

Presentation: Making a Map: Finding My Way Back (MAP Project) (Tues 11:15am, Little Crow II) - project description

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C&C Preparation and Implementation Training • June 12-13, 2014 • St. Paul, MN

This 2-day training provides education administrators and lead staff with a thorough overview of Check & Connect and its background and how to prepare their site for implementing Check & Connect. 

Participants will learn and understand —
See the Preparation and Implementation Training Agenda.

Cost: 
$575 per participant. The fee includes a copy of the Check & Connect implementation manual, printed resource materials, access to electronic implementation forms, and continental breakfast and lunch for both days of the training. Register by May 16, 2014.

See webpage for more information and to register.

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C&C Comprehensive Implementation Trainings in June, July and August 2014

This 2-day training blends elements of both the Preparation and Implementation Training and the Mentor Training, providing education administrators, site coordinators, and assigned Check & Connect mentors information on Check & Connect and its background, how to prepare their site for implementing Check & Connect, and the competencies and skills needed to be an effective Check & Connect mentor at their site.
Participants will learn and understand —
See the Comprehensive Implementation Training Agenda.

Cost: $575 per participant. The fee includes a copy of the Check & Connect implementation manual, printed resource materials, access to electronic implementation forms, and continental breakfast and lunch for both days of the training.

Schedule of upcoming Comprehensive Implementation Trainings:
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C&C Coordinators Community of Practice Conference Calls

Are you a Check & Connect site coordinator? Would you like to participate in regular conference calls in which C&C trainer Eileen Klemm facilitates discussion about topics related to C&C implementation at your site? Our next call will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2014 from 1:00-2:00pm CST.

If you're a Check & Connect site coordinator and would like to join this community, sign up and we'll send you a notice with the schedule of upcoming calls and instructions on how to participate.

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International C&C News

Trialling Check & Connect in selected (New Zealand) secondary schools
Positive Behaviour for Learning • March 28, 2014
This news brief (PDF download) outlines how Check & Connect is being implemented and researched in New Zealand through the Ministry of Education - specifically, the Positive Behaviour for Learning program in the Prime Minister's Youth Mental Health Project.

AVID, Check & Connect headed for expansion
StarTribune • March 17, 2014
"Under a proposal approved Tuesday by the Minneapolis school board, the AVID and Check & Connect programs will get a significant expansion next school year. District research found Check & Connect students 10 percent more likely than similar students to graduate and also significantly less likely to drop out. The program was developed by the University of Minnesota, was introduced in two district high schools in 2003, expanded to all seven high schools in 2007, and expanded to four middle schools last school year."

Harding teachers, staff collaborate to ensure students graduate, close achievement gap
Saint Paul Public Schools • February 28, 2014
Harding Senior High School in St. Paul, MN has multiple initiatives in place, including Check & Connect, to boost graduation rates and shrink the achievement gap between white students and students of color. In 2013, 82% of HHS students graduated, compared with the state's average of 79%.

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