• Check & Connect Program Manager
+1 612-624-0731
Masonic Institute On The Developing Brain
Rm 2-314 [map]
2025 E River Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0226

Eileen Klemm, M.A., has been working at the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration (ICI) since November 2012. She is the Project Coordinator for the Check & Connect project providing leadership and support in the overall development and training of the Check & Connect model. She provides on-site training to small and large groups of teachers and administrators in school districts and others on the Check & Connect model. She also assesses the needs of sites and customizes training to meet those needs.

Prior to her work at ICI, Ms. Klemm was a special education compliance specialist with the Minnesota Department of Education and a Speech-Language Pathologist in both urban and suburban public schools. She provided training on federal regulations and Minnesota rules and statutes regarding the implementation of special education programs and she monitored individual school districts throughout the state. She worked directly with students with a wide range of disabilities in her role as a speech-language pathologist. She also worked as a peer leader with both special education and general education staff ranging from early childhood providers to high school teachers and parent educators. In this capacity, she provided job embedded professional development including cognitive coaching for reflective practice preceding and following staff observations.



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  • Education practices (K12 and transition)
    • Dropout prevention and student engagement
    • Mentoring of youth
    • Transition planning
  • Specific life stage
    • Children
    • Adolescents and young adults
  • Employment and postsecondary education
    • Career preparation
    • Preparing for postsecondary education
  • Health and safety
    • Judicial system
  • Educational accountability and assessment
    • Evaluation of education programs


  • Training and professional development
  • Technical assistance