Online Mentoring Guide (PDF) - This guide offers strategies for fostering online relationships, planning conversations around school, and facilitating online interventions.
Check & Connect App - The Check & Connect web-based application (C&C App) helps C&C mentors and coordinators document, monitor, and report on student progress using their computer or tablet web browser.
Student Engagement Instrument (SEI) - The Student Engagement Instrument (SEI™) is a brief 35 item self-reporting survey measuring cognitive and affective engagement. Data allows school professionals to gain insights into a student’s sense of control, intrinsic motivation, and future aspirations (cognitive engagement factors).
Mentor Practice Profile (PDF) - The purpose of this practice profile is to guide the C&C mentor through the implementation of the C&C Comprehensive Student Engagement Model. The critical components of the C&C mentor position include: building relationships with students; systematic monitoring and analysis of student-level “check” data; providing personalized “connect”
Check & Connect Video (4 min. 30 sec.) - The 4 1/2 minute introductory video shows perspectives of Check & Connect from students, mentors, teachers, and administrators across several different models of implementation.
Implementation Options & Funding Tips (PDF) - This resource explains the pros and cons of utilizing dedicated mentors, school staff, or community volunteers in the role of the Check & Connect mentor. Funding options and grant writing resources are also described.
Frequently Asked Questions - Find answers to a range of questions, including the background of Check & Connect, as well as specifically how Check & Connect can be implemented at your site.
Check & Connect Research Poster (PDF) - This research poster highlights how C&C is used, its development, its impact on students, and recent federally funded research.
Online Support Modules & Resources
*How do I use "Check" data? - (Support Module) This self-paced online learning module focuses on how to maximize the use of data in your Check & Connect implementation. After completing the module, learners will be able to identify the ABC’s of “Check” data and analyze “Check” data to assess for risk.
*What does the weekly “Connect” meeting look and sound like? - (Support Module) This self-paced online learning module focuses on the weekly “Connect” meeting between the mentor and each student. After completing the module, learners will be able to understand the four tasks of the “Connect” meeting, apply concepts from demonstrations of the “Connect” meeting, and recognize that the mentor-student relationship is the foundation for achieving success with C&C interventions.
*How do I effectively collaborate with my students' families? - (Support Module) This self-paced online learning module focuses on how the mentor's relationship with families enhances family engagement. After completing the module, learners will be able to understand the Four A’s (approach, attitudes, atmosphere, actions) as the foundation of establishing trusting relationships with families. In addition, learners will identify a personal area for growth in engaging families, and plan to improve engagement with families they serve.
*Family Engagement Reflection Document - (.docx) This tool is designed to help mentors reflect on their family engagement practice as they progress through the Family Engagement Support Module above.
Sample Implementation Tools
The following tools are a small sampling of the electronic materials provided to participants at Check & Connect trainings. These tools are for Check & Connect mentors and coordinators working with youth at their site:
*Select resources developed by the University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration are funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Grant #H327S170015. These resources do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Tara Courchaine.
Many schools and organizations obtain funding for Check & Connect through grant writing. If you would like to include Check & Connect training and implementation into your proposal, use this General Request Form to request grant writing materials. A representative from our office will contact you regarding your needs. Grant writing materials include an introduction to the intervention (including the Check & Connect logic model), implementation options, sample monitoring forms, and additional information specific to Check & Connect that may be needed for your proposal.