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Check & Connect Community Spotlights

Each quarter we spotlight a community implementing Check & Connect in their school or district to give you a sense of how others are using the intervention. If you would like your site highlighted, please email us at checkandconnect@umn.edu.

Dekalb County School District logoDeKalb County School District, Georgia

Check & Connect is being implemented in the DeKalb County School District, which is a large urban district within the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area.  Check & Connect implementation began in the fall of 2016. Read more...

Cluster 5 RTLB: Implementation of Check & Connect in West Auckland, New Zealand

With funding from the New Zealand Ministry of Education, Check & Connect is implemented across the country in New Zealand. This is the story of one site in West Auckland. Mentors Daniel Samuta and Arthur Mui started the journey of implementing Check & Connect in two high schools in West Auckland in September 2014. They started with six students each, three from each school, and currently their case loads total 31 students. Recently, they started serving students in a middle school experiencing high rates of crime and gang activity. Read more...

Check & Connect Tulsa

In 2006, members from the Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative (a program of the Community Service Council) — Center for Community School Strategies, Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS), Tulsa Public Schools, and the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau — forged an alliance to bring Check & Connect to Tulsa as a prevention initiative. Read more...

Treehouse: Giving foster kids a childhood and a futureTreehouse

Treehouse, a Seattle non-profit serving youth in foster care, has developed the Graduation Success program, which uses a combination of Check & Connect and student-centered planning to support youth who are or who have been in foster care. The program began in January 2013.  Read more...

Missouri Department of Education logoMissouri Statewide Implementation of Check & Connect

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education decided to offer Check & Connect as an option for its schools with especially high dropout rates among students with and without disabilities. Check & Connect staff trained staff from Missouri's nine regional professional development centers, who then provided Check & Connecttraining to interested schools in their respective regions. These regional professional development centers also provide ongoing support to schools implementing Check & Connect, especially those without a designated Check & Connect coordinator. Read more...

Southwest Colorado Regional Implementation of Check & Connect

Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Partners San Juan BOCES
Check & Connect is being implemented in elementary, middle, and high schools across every school district in 5 rural counties in southwest Colorado: Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan Counties. This effort is a collaboration between Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Partners (RSAPP) (an AmeriCorps State Program), the San Juan Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), Montezuma County's House Bill 1451 Committee, and the local schools and districts. The HB1451 committee allocates funding from a social services grant from the state of Colorado with an emphasis on interagency collaboration to improve youth outcomes. Read more...

Central Lakes College and Ridgewater College

Central Lakes CollegeRidgewater College

An adaptation of Check & Connect in the postsecondary setting for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). The Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota (headquarters of Check & Connect) and two Minnesota community and technical colleges – Central Lakes College (Brainerd, MN) and Ridgewater College (Willmar, MN) – are creating an inclusive, comprehensive model for engaging and retaining students with ID/DD in postsecondary programs. Read more...

Pennsylvania Counseling ServicesPennsylvania Counseling Services

York County, PA sought to have a provider come in and address truancy in its schools. They put out an RFP, and Pennsylvania Counseling Services (PCS) was awarded the contract to implementCheck & Connect. Lancaster County followed suit one year later. Read more...

PhotoSan Diego Unified School District

Check & Connect Implementation Study in the San Diego Unified School District. This study is testing the efficacy of Check & Connect with general education students in the San Diego Unified School District who meet specific criteria for being at-risk for failing to graduate from high school. Read more...

PhotoFranklin Initiative; Bloomington, IN Chamber of Commerce

The Franklin Initiative Graduation Coach Initiative, a Check & Connect adaptation being implemented by the Greater Bloomington, Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Read more...

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