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Deadline extended to Sept. 29
Check & Connect is hosting its second biennial conference, Student Engagement: Connection to School, Motivation to Learn, to bring together leading experts and practitioners from around the country and overseas to address the topic of student engagement among at-risk youth. This two-day event will consist of both keynotes and concurrent presentations addressing at least one of four topics:
In addition, our national trainers will be facilitating networking sessions for those implementing Check & Connect during the breakout sessions, as well as training on how to get started using Check & Connect's new web-based application that will be unveiled at the conference.
Hedy Nai-Lin Chang directs Attendance Works, a national and state level initiative aimed at advancing student success by addressing chronic absence. A skilled presenter, facilitator, researcher and writer, she co-authored the seminal report, Present, Engaged and Accounted For: The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades, as well as numerous other articles about student attendance. Deeply committed to promoting two-generation solutions to achieving a more just and equitable society, Hedy has spent more than two decades working in the fields of family support, family economic success, education and child development. She served as a senior program officer at the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund and as co-director of California Tomorrow, a nonprofit committed to drawing strength from cultural, linguistic and racial diversity. In February 2013, Hedy was named by the White House as a Champion of Change for her commitment to furthering African American Education.
Amy Reschly is a professor of Educational Psychology and coordinator of the School Psychology Program at the University of Georgia. Her scholarly work focuses on student engagement, dropout prevention, and working with families to promote student success. She was co-editor of the Handbook of Research on Student Engagement with Dr. Sandra Christenson, and a co-author of the Student Engagement Instrument and its extensions. She worked as a Check & Connect mentor from 1998-2000.
8:30am Welcome Remarks
8:45am Keynote by Hedy Chang, Ensuring an Equal Opportunity to Learning By Reducing Chronic Absence
10:00am Concurrent Sessions
11:20am Concurrent Sessions
1:30pm Concurrent Sessions
2:50pm Concurrent Sessions
8:30am Keynote by Amy Reschly, Lessons Learned in Student Engagement and Dropout Interventions
9:45am Concurrent Sessions
11:05am Mentor Panel
1:15pm Concurrent Sessions
2:40pm Closing Remarks & Evaluations
See the Full Schedule.
A 1-day Check & Connect Preparation and Implementation Training is available for those attending the Student Engagement Conference. Community members and professionals interested in this training are also invited to attend. Limited to 30 participants.
The conference will be held at McNamara Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota, 200 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. We have a limited number of rooms blocked out at The Commons and The Dobbletree hotels. Please call and tell them you would like a room in the Check & Connect Conference Room Block to receive the discount.
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For information on the first national Check & Connect conference, see 2015 Conference, Celebrating 25 Years of Student Engagement (1990-2015)
For more information on the Check & Connect national conference, please contact us.