• Office Manager
  • Executive Office and Administrative Specialist
+1 612-625-1926
Institute on Community Integration
Room 111G PtH [map]
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0226

As the Office Manager for Check & Connect, Melissa Critchley manages the day-to-day operations of the Check & Connect student engagement program. She serves as point contact for information and assistance in implementing the Check & Connect student engagement program in school and community settings.

Melissa has worked for the Institute on Community Integration for over twelve years, first working for NCEO as a Student Office Assistant from 1998-2001 and returning in 2006 to become NCEO's Travel and Event Coordinator/Staff Artist.

She is the 2001 and 2008 recipient of the Outstanding Service Award and a 2008 recipient of the Excellence and Community Building Award for her collaboration on the Changing Landscapes Visiting Artists with Disabilities Project (now called Art for All). Melissa is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Melissa received a BA in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Minnesota and continues to utilize her creative skills inside and outside of ICI. During the summer of 2008 she completed a graduate level certificate in Disability Policy and Services. Her education continued with the completion of her Interdisciplinary Master's degree in 2012, with minors in Prevention Science and Therapeutic Healing Practices. In December of 2014, she added a Certificate in Equity and Diversity to her education experience; and is now perusing a Business Management degree which will be completed in December of 2018.



General Supervision Enhancement Grant (GSEG) on behalf of the Alabama State Department of Education [Archived]

Developed high-quality assessment and instructional systems for students with disabilities whose progress is such that they are not likely to reach grade-level proficiency in the same time frame as…


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 &…


Multi-State GSEG Consortium Towards a Defensible Alternate Assessment Based on Modified Achievement Standards (AA-MAS) [Archived]

Studied state data on students with disabilities, the consequences of assessment options, and possible instruction and assessment changes for these students. More specifically, the project…


National Technical Assistance Center on Assessment for Children with Disabilities [Archived]

Conducted information gathering and needs assessments, provided technical assistance, and engaged in dissemination to improve results for students with disabilities by increasing their…


Partnership for Accessible Reading Assessment (PARA) [Archived]

Engaged in research on and development of accessible reading assessments to provide a valid demonstration of reading proficiency for increasingly diverse populations of students in public schools,…