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Ensuring Student Success: Monitoring the Person-Environment Fit

Ensuring Student Success: Monitoring the Person-Environment Fit

Among the most challenging situations for Check & Connect (C&C) mentors is addressing circumstances around person-environment fit. In C&C, person-environment fit refers to “simultaneously supporting students to change their behavior and encouraging the environment (parents, teachers, schools) to change policies or practices to enhance students’ engagement at school and with learning” (Christenson, Stout, & Pohl, … Continue reading

Mentor Corner: Emma Dixon in Seattle, Washington

Mentor Corner: Emma Dixon in Seattle, Washington

I recently interviewed Emma Dixon, an education specialist (aka Check & Connect mentor) at Treehouse, a Seattle-based nonprofit serving 7,000 children in foster care statewide (see more about Treehouse’s implementation of Check & Connect). The organization has been implementing Check & Connect since 2013 to help foster youth graduate from high school at the same … Continue reading

Mentor Corner: Keima Davis in Charlotte, NC

Mentor Corner: Keima Davis in Charlotte, NC

This month for Mentor Corner we bring you an interview with another passionate and skillful Check & Connect mentor, Keima Davis. Ms. Davis has worked for Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina (CIS-Charlotte-Mecklenburg) on the Project L.I.F.T. (Leadership & Investment For Transformation) team. The Project L.I.F.T. team works in the Charlotte-Macklenburg Schools with a goal to change … Continue reading

The Power of the Pause to Enhance Executive Function and Mentor Efficacy

The Power of the Pause to Enhance Executive Function and Mentor Efficacy

In a recent paper, Executive Function: Implications for Education (Zelazo, D; Blair, C.B., and Willoughby, M. T., 2016), authors explored the research surrounding executive function (EF) skills and the implications for educational researchers and, to some extent, classroom teachers. The authors defined executive function as — “Attention-regulating skills that make it possible to sustain attention, … Continue reading