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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

Tips for Recruiting Check & Connect Mentors

Tips for Recruiting Check & Connect Mentors

The school year is fast approaching. Some of you probably have already recruited your Check & Connect mentors, and some may still be in the process. Here we provide a few tips for recruiting mentors, whether they’re hired mentors or existing staff. As a site coordinator, you’ve probably decided which mentor model you’re using (hiring dedicated … Continue reading

The Power of Presence in Positive, Trusting Relationships

The Power of Presence in Positive, Trusting Relationships

Check & Connect mentors are trained in building trusting relationships with at-risk students to help them engage with school and learning, and ultimately graduate from high school. Numerous research findings prove the effectiveness of the program as it pertains to academic engagement and persistence in school (Selected Findings from Check & Connect Research Studies). But … Continue reading