Check & Connect has a new logo that we will start using in all of our materials this summer! We are excited to upgrade and renew our logo as it reflects the quality relationship between a mentor a student and illustrates the celebration of successes with and among students.
For sites implementing Check & Connect and branding with our current logo, we will offer new logo files and a style guide. Stay tuned for more information!
Iowa has been implementing Check & Connect across the state, starting in the 2013-2014 school year, within the Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) model. Check & Connect is often integrated with other interventions in schools, and we find that implementing this personalized intervention in context of a school with universal supports is a cost-effective means … Continue reading →
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Building a trusting relationship is the first thing mentors must do in order to be successful, but this is not always easy, especially when working with students who have not had a trusting relationship with an adult previously in their lives.
Don't Quit On Me: What young people who left school say about the power of relationships is a report from America's Promise Alliance that builds on previous studies, including last year's Don't Call Them Dropouts, offering new insights about how support from adults and peers can help to close the remaining gaps between those who graduate from high school on time and those who don't. The findings are based on interviews with youth who have had interrupted enrollment with school.
These youth say that mentors should—
- Invest time
- Be there no matter what,
- Empathize, and
- Offer help without judgement.
Preparation and Implementation Training
A 1-day training for education administrators and lead staff (decision-making stakeholders) to gain a thorough overview of Check & Connect and its background as well as information about how to prepare their site for implementing Check & Connect. Researchers, community professionals, and others interested in the Check & Connect model are also welcome to attend. Note that training for Check & Connect mentors follows this 1-day training on June 23-24. Cost: $295 per participant.
- St. Paul, MN • June 22, 2016 (register by June 1)
- St. Paul, MN • August 10, 2016 (register by July 20)
A 2-day in-depth, competency-based training designed to provide Check & Connect mentors with the information, competencies, and skills needed to be an effective Check & Connect mentor at their local site. This training is designed for those assigned the role of Check & Connect mentor as well as those interested in Check & Connect mentoring principles and practices. Check & Connect site coordinators and administrators are also encouraged to attend. Cost: $575 per participant.
- St. Paul, MN • June 23-24, 2016 (register by June 2)
- St. Paul, MN • August 11-12, 2016 (register by July 21)
Comprehensive Implementation Training
Check & Connect's Comprehensive Implementation Training is a comprehensive 2-day training blending elements of both the Preparation and Implementation Training and the Mentor Training. This training provides participants with a thorough overview of Check & Connect and its background; how to prepare their site for implementing Check & Connect; and the information, competencies, and skills needed to be an effective Check & Connect mentor at their site. Cost: $575 per participant.
See more training dates in the full schedule of 2016 trainings.
C&C In the News
Check & Connect Tulsa: Data & Results Report Fall Semester 2015
Center for Community School Strategies
This report details both quantitative data and anecdotal stories of students served by 3 schools - 2 elementary schools and 1 middle school - in Tulsa, Oklahoma as of the fall of 2015. See more about Check & Connect Chronic Absence Prevention in Tulsa.
Communities receive Graduation Matters grants
Billings Gazette • March 30, 2016
We're excited to hear that the United Way of Yellowstone County in Billings, MT won funds for training and implementation of Check & Connect, as well as the Montana Behavioral Initiative and a Reader Tutor Mentor program. This grant is part of Montana's Graduation Matters program, which targets improving the state's graduation rates.
Check & Connect: Keeping kids in school
KARE 11 News • March 15, 2016
KARE 11 News highlights how Check & Connect is helping students stay on track for graduation in this video spotlight. Features Check & Connect coordinator Joan Gudorf and her mentee from Harding High School in Saint Paul Public Schools and Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota director David Johnson. Harding High School is one of several schools in St. Paul using Check & Connect to support their students, and Minnesota is one of 35 states across the country using the intervention.
Nurturing Growth Mindsets: Six Tips From Carol Dweck
Education Week • March 14, 2016
Article summarizing Carol Dweck's presentation at Education Week's Leaders to Learn From event where she clarifies misconceptions about the growth mindset. "Enthusiasm for Dweck's work has spread rapidly, and her name is a buzzword in many schools... But, in recent years, Dweck has worked to balance that enthusiasm by busting some misconceptions about her research and its applications in schools."
Do's and Don'ts for Cultivating Growth Mindsets
Search Institute • March 11, 2016
Here are 10 growth mindset "do's" and "don'ts" that will help you be more intentional about how you respond to youth when they set goals, face challenges, make mistakes, and solve problems.
If you want youth to stop acting out, understand them first. Then help them do what they love
BDN Maine • March 7, 2016
"These are the kinds of things we can do with young people when we take the time to have real conversations — valuing them as people who are trying to navigate through the often arduous time of adolescence."
Minnesota's Graduation Gap
MPR News • Series Starting February 22, 2016
Minnesota Public Radio is airing a series examining the graduation gap in the state. See and/or listen to several radio news pieces online. "Minnesota has a tradition of excellence in education, but its high school graduation rates are nothing to brag about – and for students of color, they're among the worst in the nation."
Don't Quit On Me: What young people who left school say about the power of relationships
America's Promise Alliance
This report builds on previous studies, including last year's Don't Call Them Dropouts, offering new insights about how support from adults and peers can help to close the remaining gaps between those who graduate from high school on time and those who don't. The findings are based on interviews with youth who havehad interrupted enrollment with school.
10 Things About Childhood Trauma Every Teacher Needs to Know
We Are Teachers (Blog)
This blog post may help C&C mentors who are working with students who've experienced childhood trauma, as well as teachers. "For children who have experienced trauma, learning can be a big struggle. But once trauma is identified as the root of the behavior, we can adapt our approach to help kids cope when they're at school."
America After 3pm: How are kids spending their time after school?
Check & Connect is sometimes implemented in afterschool programs, as with Be Great GRADUATE in Boys & Girls Club of America. The AfterSchool Alliance recently published a report, America After 3PM, which is focusing exclusively—for the first time ever—on the rural communities that encompass 72 percent of our country. The report spans a decade of data chronicling how children spend the hours between 3 and 6 p.m. — the hours after school ends and before parents typically return home from work.