Check & Connect is a comprehensive intervention
designed to improve student engagement at school and with learning for marginalized, disengaged students in grades K-12, through relationship building, problem solving and capacity building, and persistence.
Check & Connect was developed through a partnership between the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration and Minneapolis Public Schools. Since its inception in 1990, Check & Connect has been studied and implemented with K-12 students with and without disabilities, in suburban and urban settings. Check & Connect is currently being implemented by schools and community organizations across the United States as well as abroad.
Of the dropout interventions reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse, Check & Connect is the only intervention found to have strong evidence of positive effects for staying in school.
Check & Connect has four components:
1. A mentor who works with students and families for a minimum of two years;
2. Check — regular checks, utilizing data schools already collect on students’ school adjustment, behavior, and educational progress;
3. Connect —timely interventions, driven by data, to reestablish and maintain students’ connection to school and learning and to enhance students’ social and academic competencies; and
4. Engagement with families — mentors engage with parents and strive to foster their active participation in their child’s education.
Interested in becoming a mentor?
1. Mentor meets with one or more students weekly and connects with the students in a positive way.
2. Mentor checks and monitors students’ attendance, behavior, and course grades/credits weekly and uses personalized interventions for students.
3. Mentor interacts with students’ parents and teachers on a regular basis to check progress.
1. Ability to establish relationships with students and families.
2. Persistence. A belief that all youth have the ability to learn.
3. Must be able to pass background check.