October 9, 2017

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Oct. 9, 2017)—A comprehensive student engagement intervention training called "Check & Connect" will be held at Northwest AEA on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 OR Dec. 13-14. Lead staff teams of two to four people, with an administrator required, are encouraged to attend. 

Check & Connect Comprehensive Implementation Training is a comprehensive two-day training blending elements of both the preparation and implementation training and the mentor training. This training provides participants with a thorough overview of Check & Connect and its background; information about how to prepare their site to implement Check & Connect; and the information, competencies and skills needed to be an effective Check & Connect mentor.

Demonstrated outcomes include increases in student attendance, persistence in school, credit accrual and school completion rates. Decreases in truancy, tardies, behavior referrals and dropout rates are the desired outcomes. Of the dropout interventions reviewed by the US Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse, Check & Connect is the only intervention found to have strong evidence of positive effects for staying in school.


With offices in Sioux City, Sioux Center, Cherokee, Denison, Le Mars and Onawa, Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) works in partnership with public and accredited private schools in a 10-county area of northwest Iowa to help assure that all children reach their full potential. The AEA provides special education support services, media and technology services, a variety of instructional services, professional development and leadership to promote school improvement. The Iowa General Assembly created the state’s AEA system in 1975. It is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country. For more information about Northwest AEA, visit www.nwaea.org.

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