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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

2014 National Mentoring Summit: Materials and Motivation to Last Throughout the Year

2014 National Mentoring Summit: Materials and Motivation to Last Throughout the Year

January 30-31, 2014 was the 4th annual Mentoring Works! National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C. and my first year of attendance at this conference. MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, along with host committee members, planned a summit filled with timely, informative, and dynamic presentations and workshops. It was a very energizing summit and it renewed my sense … Continue reading

Recruiting and Retaining Mentors: Site Coordinators Share Ideas

Recruiting and Retaining Mentors: Site Coordinators Share Ideas

Mentor recruitment was the topic of our last Coordinators’ Community of Practice call on November 14. We discussed methods for recruitment, obstacles, and successful strategies. Since January is National Mentoring Month, this is perfect timing to summarize our discussion here. Methods for Recruitment Methods for mentor recruitment discussed on the conference call included a variety … Continue reading

The Check & Connect Project Coordinator’s Role in Fidelity of Implementation

The Check & Connect Project Coordinator’s Role in Fidelity of Implementation

“All implementations of Check & Connect should have a designated program leader—someone responsible for maintaining intervention integrity.” (Christenson et al., 2012, p. 78) “Project coordinators must build confidence both in mentors and in themselves. They need to develop leadership skills with personal strength. Project coordinators need good advocacy skills and need to be able to … Continue reading

Evaluation of Check & Connect at Your Site

Evaluation of Check & Connect at Your Site

This past week I sat down with Eileen Klemm to talk about evaluation and Check & Connect. I’m the director of The Evaluation Group at the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (also the headquarters for Check & Connect), and I’ve conducted a number of evaluations with schools, districts, and other organizations who have … Continue reading

Youth in Juvenile Justice and Check & Connect

Youth in Juvenile Justice and Check & Connect

In my work as a Check & Connect trainer and technical assistance provider, I often consult on challenging cases, some of which involve mentees involved in the juvenile justice system. Mentors who work with adjudicated youth struggle to identify strategies to engage them in school and connect them with needed resources, knowing that this population … Continue reading

Small Steps Toward Big Dreams

Small Steps Toward Big Dreams

We’re two weeks into 2013. The change of year brings about reflection on the past year as well as resolutions for the new year. For most people, 2012 probably included both ups and downs. For me, 2012 included a tremendous personal loss as well as a positive transformation in how I intended to live my … Continue reading