Check and Connect
Check & Connect is a model of sustained intervention for promoting students' engagement with school and learning. Demonstrated outcomes include:
- decrease in truancy,
- decrease in dropout rates,
- increase in accrual of credits,
- increase in school completion, and
- impact on literacy.
In Mesa Public Schools (MPS), Check & Connect is implemented by a person referred to as a monitor or mentor. The person is a cross between a mentor, an advocate, and a service coordinator whose primary goal is to keep education a salient issue for disengaged students and their teachers and family members.
Presently, the East Valley Academy (EVA), Powell Junior High, and Mesa Junior High have Check & Connect monitors.