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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.
When: Local staff began Train-the-Trainer certification training in 2015, and began conducting implementation trainings across the state in late Spring of 2015.
Grade Level: Each district determines the grade levels served.
Student Population Served: Each school determines the student population served.
Referral Criteria: Each school sets its own Check & Connect referral criteria.
Implementation Options: Most schools use existing staff as Check & Connect mentors, but some are hiring dedicated Check & Connect mentors.
Use with Existing Initiatives: Each district is encouraged to use Check & Connect with an existing multi-tiered framework, such as Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) or Response to Intervention (RTI).
Funding: There is no long-term allocation of funds to support ongoing certification of trainers, however OSPI plans to continue funding the re-certification of local trainers in the future as part of its dropout prevention efforts.
Contact: Krissy Johnson, Student Assistance Program Supervisor, Secondary Education, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Krissy.Johnson@k12.wa.us, 360-725-6045