• Project Coordinator- Check & Connect
Email
jahallas@umn.edu
Phone
+1 612-624-7315
Address
Institute on Community Integration
Room 204L PtH [map]
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Jana Hallas Ferguson, M.Ed. is a Project Coordinator for the Institute on Community Integration for the University of Minnesota, where she provides training and technical assistance to districts on programs around the country on Check & Connect. Prior to working at the University, Mrs. Ferguson taught special education for ten years in Cy-Fair ISD in Houston, Texas. She trained district personnel on creating meaningful, Standards-Based goals and objectives to ensure student success throughout high school and into post-secondary life. Additionally, she created and conducted annual school-wide training on collecting data on student progress on academic and behavioral IEPs, facilitated data collection for each grading term, and provided technical assistance and support for individual teachers when needed. Mrs. Ferguson assisted personnel in implementing IEP programming in the general and special education classrooms as well as served as a facilitator in parent/teacher communication to ensure the needs of students were met for all students with disabilities throughout the campus. Mrs. Ferguson has a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in Low Incidence Disabilities from Texas A&M University. Her undergraduate degree was completed at Coe College, where she double-majored in secondary education and history.

Projects

Project

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 &…
Project

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…
Project

Expanding the Circle (ETC) [Archived]

Delivers a curriculum offering culturally-relevant activities to facilitate the successful transition from high school to postsecondary life for American Indians.

Products

Expanding the Circle: Respecting the Past, Preparing for the Future (2nd ed)

A new edition of this curriculum for grades 9-12. It includes the culturally-relevant transition skills and project-based learning presented in the first edition, which has been in use across the…Published: 2017