Systemic Supports for Promoting Graduation

Develops technology tools that support the expanded national implementation of two evidence-based web applications over the next five years: Check & Connect school engagement intervention and the Student Engagement Instrument (SEI).

For more than a quarter-century, the Check & Connect intervention model developed at ICI has helped keep thousands of students across the country on track towards high school graduation; at its core is a trusting relationship between each student and a caring, trained mentor who both advocates for and challenges the student. SEI is a Web-supported intervention that establishes reliable and valid measures of students' cognitive and affective engagement; students' engagement data may be used to identify those who are at-risk for disengagement and dropout as well as to inform and monitor the effects of interventions.

The new project, formerly known as Stepping-Up Technology Implementation, will be conducted in three phases. The first phase (years 1-2 with 3 participating schools) will involve initial iterative development of the supporting technology tools. The second phase (years 3-4, with 4 schools) will feature a pilot program to further develop and evaluate the technology tools and resources with test sites. If approved, the team moves into the third phase (year 5, with 10 participating schools) where they will implement and continue to evaluate the specific tools in the additional schools that will become first time end-users.