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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

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