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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

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

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