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Check & Connect June 2016 Newsletter

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Have a Restful Summer Break!

Here's wishing you all a wonderful and well-deserved summer break! 

We will skip the month of July and resume our monthly News & Resources emails starting August of this year.

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New C&C Apparel from Lands' End (No Minimum Orders + Promotion Until June 10th)

We've partnered with Lands' End to offer excellent quality apparel guaranteed to satisfy your Check & Connect staff. Purchase single items (no minimum orders!) or a complete selection for your staff!

Until June 10, 2016, you can take advantage of their Free Logo Applications and Free Shipping promotion. Use Promo Code WEFLFS at checkout.

Browse the selection at https://business.landsend.com/store/check_connect/ or call Lands' End directly at 866-711-2103. See How to Order for step-by-step instructions.

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We are beginning to use our new logo as you see in our new partnership with Lands' End! Our new logo 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 using our former (mortarboard) logo, please begin using our new logo as soon as possible. You may request the new logo files and style guide by emailing Megan Dushin at checkandconnect@umn.edu.

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C&C Blog Posts

Longitudinal Data on Suspended/Expelled YouthLongitudinal Data on Suspended/Expelled Youth

In our last Attend-Engage-Invest Blog, we encouraged you to work with school administrators to consider Alternatives to Suspension. We recently found scientific evidence from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) that you can share with key decision-makers to impress upon them the importance of finding alternatives. We know that students who are removed from the classroom for … Continue reading →

Preparing for Summer: Part IPreparing for Summer: Part I

Check & Connect was designed as an 11-month intervention with mentors maintaining formal contact with students for 2 of the 3 summer months. This may not be feasible for all schools, so some schools implement Check & Connect as a 9-month intervention. But how do you make the most of summer, whether you're implementing Check … Continue reading →

Preparing for Summer: Part II: Ideas from SitesPreparing for Summer: Part II

We asked sites currently implementing Check & Connect (C&C) to tell us about how they stay connected with their C&C mentees over the summer, if they do (some schools implement C&C as a 9-month intervention). We heard back from several sites representing different approaches to "connecting" over the summer, from informal to detailed and systematic … 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 Tip: "How Well Did C&C Work?"

Since it's the end of the school year, many may be wondering, "How well did C&C work?" We suggest site coordinators refer to Step 11: Evaluate program implementation on pp. 81-84 in the Check & Connect manual.

Some key questions to consider, when evaluating program impact, are these:

  1. To what extent were C&C students more likely to stay in school?Consider enrollment/retention rates, dropout rates, mobility, attendance, tardiness, and skipping class.
  2. To what extent were C&C students more likely to make progress in school? Consider credit accrual, course grades, reading objectives passed, assignment completion, accuracy of assignments, behavior referrals, suspensions, and pass rates on state standards tests for AYP.
  3. To what extent were C&C students more likely to complete high school? Calculate the high school graduation rate and consider the following categories: students who graduated from a traditional high school within 4 years, students who graduated from an alternative high school, students who completed a GED, and students who graduated within 5 yrs.
  4. To what extent have C&C students re-engaged with school and learning? Collect data on teacher and student perceptions of student engagement using a locally developed survey or use the Student Engagement Instrument available from our website. Track C&C students' participation in school-wide activities
In addition, we recommend completing the C&C self-assessment tool as a team and reflecting on fidelity of implementation and its impact on student outcomes to prepare for next year (see C&C Tools: Implementation Self-Assessment and Reflection outlined in the April 2014 issue of C&C News).

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Upcoming C&C Trainings and Presentations

Trainings

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.

Mentor Training

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.

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.

Presentations

CASE NASDSE Conference
September 25-27, 2016 • Milwaukee, WI
Check & Connect and Pennsylvania CAPS: Increasing Graduation Rates • Eileen Klemm, M.A. & Laura Moran, Ph.D.

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National News and Resources

C&C In the News

Papatoetoe High School students get stuck into Youth Week (New Zealand)
Manukau Courier • May 25, 2016
"Young people are shining a light on the positive difference they're making in the world. Students at Papatoetoe High School are among teenagers nationwide [in New Zealand] taking part in Youth Week, from May 21-29, which this year has the theme 'Giving Back is Giving Forward'.... Ten students who are part of the secondary school's two-year Check and Connect mentoring programme are running a barbecue for their classmates and teachers this Friday afternoon.... Papatoetoe High dean Steve Renouf says the students taking part in Check and Connect get a lot out of it."

SUCAP Americorps, Colorado's SW Check & Connect Team, help to organize bookdrive
Congratulations to the Southern Ute Community Action Programs (SUCAP) Check & Connect Americorps team, Colorado's Southwest Check & Connect team, for organizing a ‪bookdrive‬ for kids! They collected 2,573 children's books and re-distributed them to local youth serving organizations like Head Start programs, family centers, and local pre-schools. See more about the roots of this program on our website.

Resources

2016 Building a Grad Nation Report: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates
Written annually by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, and released in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education, this report examines the progress and challenges the nation faces in reaching the GradNation goal of a national on-time graduation rate of 90 percent by the Class of 2020.

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