Promoting engagement with Check & Connect

Karen Stout and Angie Pohl show how student engagement can be supported with the Check & Connect program

THE FIRST ADVICE NEW TEACHERS RECEIVE about managing a classroom is to ensure that all students are fully engaged in learning. When children are meaningfully engaged in their learning, they are less likely to display disruptive behaviors, and teachers are able to focus on teaching rather than on discipline. Although engagement can be achieved for all learners, not all are engaged through universal school practices and core instruction. According to the “response to intervention” model of tiered instructional support, educators can expect approximately 80 percent of their students to respond to universal interventions and engage in their learning, while 15 to 20 percent require supplemental intervention to do so. Check & Connect is a supplemental student engagement intervention intended to complement universal-level practices. Check & Connect serves marginalized, disengaged students and promotes their engagement at school and with learning.

What we know
● Check & Connect, an evidence-based intervention, promotes student engagement.
● Essential Check & Connect components:
-A mentor who works with students and families for at least two years;
-Regular checks using data on students’ educational progress;
-Timely, personalized, data-driven interventions to establish and maintain the student’s connection to school and learning; and
-Engagement with families.

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October 2012