University of Minnesota
Check & Connect Student Engagement Intervention | Institute on Community Integration
Institute on Community Integration CEHD

Photo of mentor with student, representing Check & Connect Student Engagement Intervention.

Statewide Implementation Sites

We are excited to be working with the following states to help implement Check & Connect statewide (each state has its own unique focus and goals):


Florida's State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG), Successful Graduates, is designed to respond to concerns about the graduation, academic proficiency, and dropout rates of students with disabilities. The projects funded by the SPDG seek to build capacity to increase school completion rates of secondary-aged students with disabilities (grades 6–12). Funding is provided to support the implementation of Check & Connect and/or to scale-up an existing initiative related to the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM™) and to enlist parental support of these practices. Read more


The Iowa Department of Education (DE) is supporting Check & Connect implementation as part of their statewide Multi-Tiered System of Supports for behavior — namely, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports — at the targeted level. The Iowa DE is funding professional development for local certified Check & Connect trainers (there are currently 28 local trainers) to then train coordinators and mentors in districts and Area Education Agencies (AEAs) around the state. As of the 2016-2017 school year, 46 sites across the state are implementing Check & Connect with over 230 mentors serving approximately 400 students. Read more


Beginning in the year 2012, 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. Read more


The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) began implementing Check & Connect statewide in January of 2018, contracting with the University of Minnesota to train and certify state trainers to then train and prepare coordinators and mentors in schools throughout the State in Check & Connect implementation. Under a School Climate Transformation Grant, one of their goals is to provide Tier II/III training to schools in Montana, including Check & Connect, as well as Check-In, Check-Out. Read more

North Carolina

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) offers training and support of Check & Connect (C&C) as an intervention option within their Multi-Tiered System of Support (NC MTSS). NC MTSS is a school improvement framework which encompasses academic, behavioral, and social-emotional instruction and support. NC MTSS employs a systems approach using data-driven problem-solving to maximize growth for all. NCDPI is working to build capacity to support Check & Connect across the state with a group of dedicated North Carolina Check & Connect state trainers, including Integrated Academic and Behavior Support (IABS) consultants, Exceptional Children (EC) consultants, Project AWARE staff, and identified staff from 11 partnering school districts. The 11 districts that now have Check & Connect trainers include Beaufort County Schools, Bladen County Schools, Buncombe County Schools, Cabarrus County Schools, Carteret County Schools, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Harnett County Schools, Hoke County Schools, Iredell-Statesville Schools, Rockingham County Schools, and Watauga County Schools.Read more

Communities In Schools of North Carolina

Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) and its affiliates are implementing Check & Connect across the state. CISNC is unique in that it is a member of the national Communities In Schools network and as such, CISNC provides integrated student supports or wraparound services to propel student success in more than 300 schools across North Carolina.... Through an exhaustive review of evidence-based programs that could be implemented as part of the CIS Model, CISNC discovered and selected Check & Connect for two reasons. First, it fits seamlessly into the CIS Model as a tier 3 support and involves processes familiar to students support specialists. Second, it adds a structured and evidence-based tool to the toolbelt of our student support specialists when working with students who may need more intensive monitoring and support. Read more


The Pennsylania Department of Education's Bureau of Special Education is funding Check & Connect training and implementation as part of their State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP). The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) is a project of the Bureau of Special Education, and charged with implementing Check & Connect. Seven high schools in seven different school districts began implementing Check & Connect in the fall of 2016 and are currently serving over 140 students with disabilities. These seven schools are part of a consortium of twelve learning sites for Pennsylvania's SSIP. Check & Connect is one intervention that the sites may elect to implement as part of their implementation framework. Read more


The state of Utah has implemented Check & Connect statewide, specifically as an intervention service to support children in foster care.  Implementation has been seamless because school districts already had mentors serving children in foster care.  Check & Connect provided the evidence-based prevention model and programmatic guidelines they needed for this at-risk population of students. Districts are now providing similar services regardless of which district the students are in – critically important since the students are highly mobile. Read more


In the state of Washington, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has dedicated funds to support a cadre of local certified Check & Connect trainers to respond to the needs of schools seeking to implement Check & Connect across the state of Washington. Approximately a dozen trainers are currently certified in providing implementation and mentor training in Washington. OSPI does not dictate or coordinate statewide implementation, but rather provides trainers to help in the implementation at the local level. Read more

Top of Page