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Check & Connect Community Spotlight

Missouri Statewide Implementation of Check & Connect

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What and Where: Several years ago, 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 & Connect training 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.

Who: About 50 schools across the state of Missouri. Most of these schools are implementing Check & Connect with secondary students. Each school sets its own Check & Connect referral criteria. Some schools are using teachers as Check & Connect mentors, some are using AmeriCorps volunteers, and some are using dedicated Check & Connect mentors.

When: The first group of sites started implementing Check & Connect in Fall 2012. Another group of sites began implementing Check & Connect in Fall 2013. About half of the implementing schools have adopted Check & Connect as part of their dropout prevention efforts; the other half are using it as a Tier II intervention.

Funding: TheCheck & Connect training and regional professional development support for Check & Connectimplementation is provided by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which plans to support these activities indefinitely. Individual schools and districts must find or fund their own Check & Connect mentors.

Contact: Barb Gilpin, Assistant Director, Effective Practices, Office of Special Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 573.751.7661,

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Posted January 11, 2014

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