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The Iowa Department of Education (DE) is supporting Check & Connect implementation as part of their statewide Multi-Tiered System of Supports — 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.
When: Training of local staff to become local certified Check & Connect trainers began in 2014.
Grade Level: K-12
Student Population Served: All students showing warning signs of disengagement.
Referral Criteria: Varies at each site.
Implementation Options: Most Check & Connect mentors have dual roles — they are existing school staff. Of the Check & Connect sites responding to their recent survey, 32% of mentors are teachers, 23% are counselors, 16% are staff serving at-risk students, and 8% are administrators; one is a dedicated full-time mentor.
Use with Existing Initiatives: Check & Connect is part of their Multi-Tiered System of Supports for behavior (namely, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports or PBIS) model at the targeted level. Eighty seven percent of schools are implementing Check & Connect within a PBIS framework.
Funding: The Iowa Department of Education if funding the training of local certified Check & Connect trainers. Implementation and associated funds at each site varies.