• Check & Connect Program Manager
+1 612-624-0731
Institute on Community Integration
Room 106 PtH [map]
150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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.



Project Access: Providing Accessible Outreach Programs in Small Business/Entrepreneurship for Tribal Members [Archived]

Provides a variety of outreach learning opportunities from the Small Business/Entrepreneurship (SB/E) programs at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC). The project represents a careful…


Culture-Based Arts Integration: A New Space for Access, Equity, and Excellence in K-8 Education (CBAI) [Archived]

Partners with local American Indian artists to infuse culturally responsive American Indian visual and performing arts activities into K-8 (5-14 age range) arts education, and integrates American…


Check & Connect: A Model for Engaging and Retaining Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Higher Education [Archived]

Establishes an inclusive and comprehensive model for engaging and retaining students with intellectual disabilities in higher education programs. Building on the Check & Connect model, this…


Connecting Through Service (CTS) [Archived]

Created an effective and system-level process to increase student engagement by utilizing a collaboration with existing partners. This process was accomplished through a strategic integration of…


Making a Map: Finding My Way Back (MAP) [Archived]

Develops and implements a comprehensive, evidence-based model to support juvenile offenders with disabilities transitioning from juvenile justice facilities into secondary and postsecondary…


Check & Connect: A Comprehensive Student Engagement Intervention

Provides training in use of the Check & Connect student engagement intervention model to promote students' engagement with school, reduce dropout, and increase school completion. The Check &…


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…


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National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) [Archived]

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


                    • Technical assistance
                      • Training and professional development