The Relevance of Student Engagement: The Impact of and Lessons Learned Implementing Check & Connect

  • Sandra L. ChristensonEmail author
  • Angie J. Pohl


The 2006 and 2015 What Works Clearinghouse reviews of dropout prevention programs found Check & Connect to have positive effects on staying and progressing in school. In this chapter, the student engagement intervention, Check & Connect, is described in terms of what it is (i.e., components and elements), how it is implemented (i.e., preparation and implementation steps), and its effectiveness with different samples of students in different educational settings. Lessons learned across the various implementations of Check & Connect with elementary and secondary students with and without disabilities in suburban and urban school districts conclude the chapter.


Check & Connect Dropout prevention School completion Evidence-based intervention 



The authors wish to thank Eileen Klemm, Check & Connect Program Manager at the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, for her feedback and input on this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational Psychology, University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School DistrictBurnsvilleUSA

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