University of Minnesota
Check & Connect Student Engagement Intervention
Institute on Community Integration
Institute on Community Integration CEHD

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Check & Connect: A Comprehensive Student Engagement Intervention

Check & Connect is a comprehensive intervention designed to enhance 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. A goal of Check & Connect is to foster school completion with academic and social competence.

Of the dropout prevention interventions reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse, Check & Connect is the only program found to have strong evidence of positive effects on staying in school.

Check & Connect is implemented by a trained mentor whose primary goal is to keep education a salient issue for disengaged students and their teachers and family members. The mentor works with a caseload of students and families over time and follows their caseload from program to program and school to school.

The Check & Connect trained mentor continuously:

Twenty years of ongoing research documents that Check & Connect interventions yield the following outcomes (see Check & Connect Research Findings):

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Persistence in school
Accrual of credits
School completion rates

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Behavioral referrals
Dropout rates


Training & Consultation Options

We offer the following trainings in select locations across the United States and abroad, as well as on-site at your location (select the training option that best suits your needs):

If you are interested in a particular training or want more information, please complete the Training Inquiry form or contact us at 1-866-434-0010 or by email at See also Resources for Administrators.


School teacher skeptical at first, but has since found Check & Connect helps at-risk students be successful. (1:22) Transcript

Student shares how her Check & Connect mentor helped her prepare for and pass her math and reading tests. (0:38) Transcript

See all video testimonials from Check & Connect participants.

Original Funding

Ideas that Work - OSEP logoThe original research on Check & Connect was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

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