Using Check & Connect to Improve Graduation Rates in Minnesota for Black and American Indian Students with Disabilities

Uses the Check & Connect model developed by ICI to improve graduation rates in Minnesota for Black and American Indian students with disabilities. Check & Connect is a comprehensive intervention designed to enhance student engagement in school and with learning for marginalized, disengaged students in grades K-12, through relationship building, problem solving, capacity building, and persistence. Using these techniques, Check & Connect will improve graduation rates in Minnesota for Black and American Indian students with disabilities by:

  1. Implementing, via a "Train-the-Trainer" model, Check & Connect: A Comprehensive Student Engagement Intervention
  2. Facilitating state- and district-wide Implementation Teams to ensure a comprehensive approach to Check & Connect implementation (e.g., Response to Intervention, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)
  3. Providing coaching and technical assistance to ensure implementation fidelity and sustainability, and
  4. Providing formative and summative evaluation information to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and its local districts on the implementation of Check & Connect.

Check & Connect will complement MDE's Multi-Tiered System of Support. This is a supplemental intervention; not all students need a Check & Connect mentor. However, Check & Connect mentors and coordinators will coordinate and collaborate with existing practices and supports within the Multi-Tiered System of Support (e.g., Response to Intervention, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) to increase graduation rates in Minnesota for Black and American Indian Students with disabilities. This will fulfill Minnesota's State-Identified Measurable Result, a requirement of the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education.