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Mentor Corner: Maggie Lorenz in St. Paul, MN

Mentor Corner: Maggie Lorenz in St. Paul, MN

I am very excited to present our third Mentor’s Corner interview with Maggie Lorenz.  I met Maggie in 2015 when St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) began implementing Check & Connect at a district level.  Now in her second year as a full-time Check & Connect coordinator and mentor within the Indian Education program in SPPS, … 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

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

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

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

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