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Engaging with Families: Continuing the Dialogue

Engaging with Families: Continuing the Dialogue

The Coordinator’s Community of Practice is a professional network of individuals from around the U.S. serving in the role of Check & Connect coordinators. Four times a year this community is invited to participate on a call related to helping coordinators implement Check & Connect with fidelity. Our December 2014 call was a dialogue around … Continue reading

First and Foremost: Relationship!

First and Foremost: Relationship!

Several years ago I worked in a middle school and I remember well the stress and angst of the students as they prepared for standardized tests. As a staff we would do whatever we could to help and support students. Prior to the test days we would offer “pre-test skills days” when students could take practice … Continue reading

The Role of the Check & Connect Coordinator

The Role of the Check & Connect Coordinator

Whether this is your first year implementing a Check & Connect program or you’re a seasoned veteran of Check & Connect program implementation, the fall provides an opportunity to jump-start your program with a strong, cohesive mentoring team. In each implementation of Check & Connect, the team works together on the goals of student engagement … 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

Service Learning: One Way to Foster Student Engagement

Service Learning: One Way to Foster Student Engagement

Student engagement may be fostered in many ways. At the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School (FDLOS) in Cloquet, Minnesota, the Connecting Through Service project, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, includes several approaches to engaging students, including: Student Leadership, Entrepreneurial Training, Culturally-Focused Service Learning Projects, and Check & Connect. Many students at … Continue reading

Toward Engagement Nation: A Review of PBS’ Dropout Nation

Toward Engagement Nation: A Review of PBS’ Dropout Nation

PBS’ recent FRONTLINE documentary “Dropout Nation” (available online) provides an inside look at the American high school dropout crisis. Contrary to its name, “Dropout Nation” focuses on one high school, Sharpstown High School (SHS) in Houston, TX. SHS had once been labeled a “dropout factory,” but has since been reconstituted and is now turning around, … Continue reading