University of Minnesota
Check & Connect Student Engagement Intervention | Institute on Community Integration
http://checkandconnect.umn.edu
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Institute on Community Integration CEHD

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Upcoming Events

Open Enrollment Trainings

We offer implementation trainings open to all, as well as contracted on-site trainings for staff at your location. Below is our schedule of upcoming open enrollment trainings:

Inquire about holding a Check & Connect training at your site.

Conference Presentations

We present at local and national conferences to share information about Check & Connect. Please join us if you're attending any of these events in the future!

Check & Connect's National Conference


Student Engagement: Connection to School • Motivation to Learn
October 12-13, 2017 • Minneapolis, MN

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Celebrating 25 Years of Student Engagement: 1990-2015
October 7-6, 2015 • Minneapolis, MN

Stay tuned for our conference in 2019!

Past Events

Open Enrollment Trainings

Although we have been offering implementation trainings since 2009, here is a listing of open enrollment trainings since 2013:

October 11, 2017 • Preparation and Implementation Training • Minneapolis, MN
August 9-10, 2017 • Comprehensive Implementation Training • St. Paul, MN
July 5-6, 2017 • Comprehensive Implementation Training • Strathfield, NSW Australia (co-hosted by the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University)
April 20-21, 2017 • Comprehensive Implementation Training • St. Paul, MN
February 23-24, 2017 • Comprehensive Implementation Training • Medford, OR
November 17-18, 2016 • Comprehensive Implementation Training • St. Paul, MN
August 10, 2016 • Preparation and Implementation Training • St. Paul, MN
August 11-12, 2016 • Mentor Training • St. Paul, MN
July 21-22, 2016 • Comprehensive Implementation Training • St. Paul, MN
June 22, 2016 • Preparation and Implementation Training • St. Paul, MN
April 7-8, 2016 • Comprehensive Implementation Training • St. Paul, MN
March 9-10, 2016 • Mentor Training • Houston, TX (co-hosted by Communities in Schools - Houston)
January 6-7, 2016 • Comprehensive Implementation Training • La Quinta, CA (co-hosted by Desert Sands Unified School District)
November 19-20, 2015 • Mentor Training • St. Paul, MN
August 6-7, 2015 • Comprehensive Implementation Training • St. Paul, MN
June 11-12, 2015 • Comprehensive Implementation Training • St. Paul, MN
October 23-24, 2014 • Comprehensive Implementation Training • St. Paul, MN
August 14-15, 2014 • Comprehensive Implementation Training • St. Paul, MN
July 9-10, 2014 • Comprehensive Implementation Training • Johnston, SC
June 12-13, 2014 • Preparation and Implementation Training • St. Paul, MN
November 11-12, 2013 • Comprehensive Implementation Training • Minneapolis, MN
October 7-8, 2013 • Comprehensive Implementation Training • Los Alamitos, CA
September 19-20 • Comprehensive Implementation Training • St. Paul, MN
August 14-15, 2013 • Mentor Training • Renton, WA
August 7-8, 2013 • Mentor Training • Minneapolis, MN
June 20-21, 2013 • Preparation and Implementation Training • Minneapolis, MN
February 7-8, 2013 • Mentor Training • Minneapolis, MN

*The above trainings are in addition to the contracted, on-site trainings staff provided across the country.

Conference Presentations

Below is a listing of our presentations since 2013:

CEC Special Education Convention & Expo • Boston, MA (April 2017)
Jean Echternacht, Ed.D. • Finding My Way Back: Meeting the Needs of Juveniles Returning from Incarceration

2017 National School Social Work Conference • San Diego, CA (March 2017)
Joseph Angaran, M.A. • Check & Connect Implementation: The Role of the Social Worker 

14th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support • Denver, CO (March 2017)
Eileen Klemm, M.A. with Bess Wood, Iowa Department of Education and Shelli Blazic, SSW, Great Prairie Area Education Agency • Check & Connect: Statewide Scale-up Within a PBIS Framework Through Collaborative Efforts

DCDT 2016 Conference • Myrtle Beach, SC (October 2016)
Jean Echternacht, Ed.D & Xueqin Qian, Ph.D. • Check & Connect: An Evidence-based Model of Student Engagement

NIEA 2016 Conference and Trade Show • Reno, NV (October 2016)
Jana Hallas, M.Ed. • Re-engaging Students and Families in School Through Check & Connect

CASE NASDSE Conference • Milwaukee, WI (September 2016)
Eileen Klemm, M.A. & Laura Moran, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Network) • Check & Connect and Pennsylvania CAPS: Increasing Graduation Rates

1st Annual California PBIS Coalition ConferenceSacramento, CA (September 2016)
Eileen Klemm, M.A. & Jon Titley, Ph.D. (Rockland Academy Charter School) • Strong Kids and Check & Connect

2016 IASSIDD World Congress • Melbourne, Australia (August 2016)
David Johnson, Ph.D. & Jean Echternacht, Ed.D. • Enhancing PSE Opportunities for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities in the US

Positive Behaviour for School-wide Learning ConferenceWellington, New Zealand (August 2016)
David Johnson, Ph.D. & Jean Echternacht, Ed.D. • Check & Connect Research and Practice Highlights

19th National School Social Work Conference • Baltimore MD (March 2016)
Eileen Klemm • Check & Connect: A Comprehensive Student Engagement Intervention

2016 National Mentoring Summit • Washington D.C (January 2016)
Sharon Mulé • Check & Connect Mentoring: A Comprehensive Student Engagement Intervention

Minnesota Indian Education Association Conference, Mahnomen, MN (November 2015)
Jean Echternacht • Check & Connect: Increasing School Engagement with American Indian Youth

2015 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference, San Antonio, TX (October 2015)
Jana Hallas • Check & Connect: A Comprehensive Student Engagement Intervention

National Indian Education Association 46th Annual Convention, Portland, OR (October 2015)
Jana Hallas • Check & Connect: Increasing School Engagement with American Indian Youth

VISIONS XXII Conference, Orlando, FL (May 2015)
Eileen Klemm with SPDG Team • Florida's Story of Check & Connect: Attend, Engage, Invest. Student Success!

2015 National Forum on Dropout Prevention to Native and Tribal Communities, Prior Lake, MN (April 2015)
Sharon Mulé, Jorden Donner (Fargo Public Schools) & Julie Smith (Circle of Life Academy) • Check & Connect; A Comprehensive Student Engagement Intervention
Sharon Mulé and Jana Hallas • Check & Connect: An Effective Approach to Engaging American Indian Youth in School (Pre-conference Workshop)

Council for Exceptional Children 2015 Convention & Expo, San Diego, CA (April 2015)
Eileen Klemm and Jean Echternacht • Making a Map: Finding My Way Back: Model Demonstration Project

2015 National Mentoring Summit, Washington, DC (January 2015)
Eileen Klemm and Jean Echternacht • Finding My Way Back: Mentorship From the Correctional Facility to the Community

Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) 2014 Convention, Cleveland, OH (November 2014)
David Johnson and Jean Echternacht • Supporting Young Offenders' Re-entry to School and Community: 3 Interventions

Illinois Association of School Social Workers Conference, Lisle, IA (October 2014)
Eileen Klemm • Check & Connect: A Comprehensive Student Engagement & Dropout Prevention Intervention

Minnesota Indian Education Association Annual Conference, Mahnomen, MN (October 2014)
Sharon Mulé and Jean Ness • Check & Connect

35th Annual Conference of Agencies and Organizations Serving Troubled Youth, Salt Lake City, UT (May 2014)
Angie Pohl • Check & Connect: A Comprehensive Student Engagement Intervention

National Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Community Forum, Prior Lake, MN (April 2014)
Angie Pohl • Check & Connect: An Effective Approach to Engaging American Indian Youth in School (Pre-forum Workshop)
Sharon Mulé • Connecting Through Service: Fond du Lac Ojibwe School Implements Check & Connect and Other Models to Engage Students (Connecting Through Service Project)
Eileen Klemm • Making a Map: Finding My Way Back (MAP Project)

Council for Exceptional Children 2014 Convention, Philadelphia, PA (April 2014)
Angie Pohl • Supporting Adolescents With Emotional and Behavioral Challenges: Check & Connect, An Evidence-Based Student Engagement Intervention

School Social Work Association of America, Chicago, IL (March 2014)
Eileen Klemm • Check & Connect: An evidenced-based student engagement/dropout prevention model 

National Association of School Psychologists 2014 Annual Convention, Washington, D.C. (February 2014)
Angie Pohl • Check & Connect Mentoring Skills for Promoting Student Engagement

25th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference, Atlanta GA (November 2013)
Eileen Klemm • Select Steps for Check & Connect Implementation

Education Minnesota Professional Conference, St. Paul MN (October 2013)
Angie Pohl, Julie Gdula, Sandra Christenson • Beyond Dropout Prevention: Promoting Attendance, Engagement, and Investment

MASE Fall Leadership Conference, Brainerd MN (October 2013)
Eileen Klemm • Check & Connect: An Evidenced-based Student Engagement/Dropout Prevention Model

Frames for Change: Approaches for Engaging Youth in School & Community, St. Paul MN (September 2013)
Eileen Klemm • Check & Connect: A Comprehensive Student Engagement Intervention
Sharon Mulé • Connecting Through Service: A Youth Engagement Zone Project

Minnesota PBIS Institute and Film Festival, St. Joseph MN (June 2013)
Eileen Klemm • Check & Connect Mentoring: Tier 2 and Tier 3 Interventions

School Social Work Association of America National Conference, San Diego CA (March 2013)
Eileen Klemm & Angie Pohl • Check & Connect: A Comprehensive Student Engagement Intervention (Poster)

National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, Seattle WA (February 2013)
Angie Pohl • Check & Connect: An introduction to implementation
Angie Pohl & Julie Gdula • Understanding and promoting a growth mindset

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