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Check & Connect Student Engagement Intervention | Institute on Community Integration
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The Student Engagement Instrument

The Student Engagement Instrument (SEI™) is a brief 35 item self-reporting survey measuring cognitive and affective engagement. Data allows school professionals to gain insights into a student’s sense of control, intrinsic motivation, and future aspirations (cognitive engagement factors). Support teams working with students will also have a better understanding of a student’s relationships with teachers, peers, and family support (affective engagement factors).

Disengagement starts long before academic and behavioral indicators signal a need for intervention. The online Engage SEI™ will allow schools to increase effectiveness of early identification processes. For those students who are already showing signs of disengagement, combining Engage SEI™ data with academic and behavioral data will help staff provide targeted engagement interventions.

Introduction to the Student Engagement Instrument

Engage SEI™

The SEI is currently available in pencil/paper form. Request access to the pencil paper version and begin using SEI now to gain insights in to your student’s internal engagement factors. Engage SEI™ will be our online platform allowing schools to easily and efficiently gather information on internal factors of student engagement. The online survey will be proctored by a school staff member and may be administered individually or in group settings. Visit our website or sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest information and resources on SEI and Check & Connect.

Cover of the SEI Engagement Instrument Implementation Guide

Engage SEI™ measures what students think and feel about school. Engage SEI™ —

  • Measures affective and cognitive student engagement using a self-report survey
  • Delivers the survey via an online platform for easy individual or group administration
  • Provides data to identify early warning signs of disengagement
  • Gives support team members information they need to develop personalized interventions

The online Engage SEI™ is utilized by —

  • Teams working on interventions with students who are disengaged
  • School staff who needing data on student engagement to improve interventions
  • Student support teams delivering tiered support systems for at-risk students
  • Professionals serving all students in grades 6-12

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