Enhancing Mentor Effectiveness: Tools for Teaching the Growth Mindset 

Enhancing Mentor Effectiveness: Tools for Teaching the Growth Mindset 

Social emotional learning, growth mindset, and grit are buzz words these days in education. These words appear repeatedly in social media. Books about these topics — such as Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success or Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character — are placed on the front shelves of local bookstores. Most of us have a good degree of growth mindset. The reason you and I come to work, either … Continue reading

Longitudinal Data on Suspended/Expelled Youth

Longitudinal Data on Suspended/Expelled Youth

In our last Attend-Engage-Invest Blog, we encouraged you to work with school administrators to consider Alternatives to Suspension. We recently found scientific evidence from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) that you can share with key decision-makers to impress upon them the importance of finding alternatives. We know that students who are removed from the classroom for … Continue reading

Alternatives to Suspension

Alternatives to Suspension

Research tells us that students who miss 10% or more of school days are at a higher risk for disengagement and dropping out before completion of high school (see Early Warning Systems in Education: Resources & Tools). And logic tells us that if students are not in class receiving instruction, they are not as likely to … Continue reading

The Intersection Between Check & Connect and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)

The Intersection Between Check & Connect and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)

Iowa has been implementing Check & Connect across the state, starting in the 2013-2014 school year, within the Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) model. Check & Connect is often integrated with other interventions in schools, and we find that implementing this personalized intervention in context of a school with universal supports is a cost-effective means … Continue reading

Family Engagement Strategies From the Field

Family Engagement Strategies From the Field

With each Check & Connect training we conduct, we feel (and often hear) the same frustration when it comes to parental involvement in school. What is interesting, is that after we discuss Check & Connect’s belief in family engagement versus parental involvement, I hear new and creative ways that school staff are reaching out and engaging families, … Continue reading