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Student Engagement

Effective Academic, Behavioral, Cognitive, and Affective Interventions at School

  • Amy L. Reschly
  • Angie J. Pohl
  • Sandra L. Christenson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Amy L. Reschly
      Pages 31-54
    3. Kayleigh O’Donnell, Amy L. Reschly
      Pages 55-76
    4. Lisa M. Hagermoser Sanetti, Hao-Jan Luh
      Pages 77-87
  3. Academic Engagement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Amy L. Reschly
      Pages 91-108
    3. Joshua M. Langberg, Melissa R. Dvorsky, Stephen J. Molitor
      Pages 121-130
  4. Behavioral Engagement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Cody Gion, Heather Peshak George, Rhonda Nese, Mimi McGrath Kato, Michelle Massar, Kent McIntosh
      Pages 171-183
    3. Leanne S. Hawken, Grace Wayman, Kristen Stokes
      Pages 185-199
  5. Affective Engagement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Clayton R. Cook, Andrew Jordan Thayer, Aria Fiat, Margaret Sullivan
      Pages 203-237
    3. Amanda P. Williford, Robert C. Pianta
      Pages 239-250
  6. Cognitive Engagement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251

About this book


This book provides cutting-edge, evidence-based strategies and interventions that target students’ engagement at school and with learning. Coverage begins with the background and 29-year history of the Check & Connect Model and describes the model and assessment of student engagement that served as the backdrop for conceptualizing the engagement interventions described in the book. Subsequent chapters are organized around the subtypes of student engagement – academic, behavioral, affective, cognitive – that were developed based on work with the Check & Connect Model. Principles and formal interventions are presented at both the universal and more intensive levels, consistent with the Response-to-Intervention/Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework. The book concludes with a summary on the lessons learned from Check & Connect and the importance of a system that is oriented toward enhancing engagement and school completion for all students.

Interventions featured in this book include: 

  • Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS).
  • The Homework, Organization, and Planning Skills (HOPS) Intervention.
  • The Good Behavior Game in the classroom.
  • Check-in, Check-out (CICO). 
  • Banking Time, a dyadic intervention to improve teacher-student relationships
  • The Self-Regulation Empowerment Program (SREP).

Student Engagement is a must-have resource for researchers, professionals, and graduate students in child and school psychology, educational policy and politics, and family studies.


Academic engagement and Check & Connect Academic engagement and student success Affective engagement and student success Behavioral engagement and academic success Check & Connect and student engagement Check in/Check out behavior education program Classwide Peer Tutoring (CWPT) and student engagement Cognitive engagement and student success Good Behavior Game and student engagement Growth mindsets and academic achievements Homework, Organization, and Planning Skills (HOPS) interventions Interventions to enhance academic engagement Partners in Active Learning (PALs) Program and student success Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) & students Relationship-building strategies and student engagement School connectedness interventions and academic success Self-Regulated Strategy Development and student success Self-Regulation Empowerment Program (SREP) & academic success Student engagement and assessment Student engagement and interventions

Editors and affiliations

  • Amy L. Reschly
    • 1
  • Angie J. Pohl
    • 2
  • Sandra L. Christenson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School DistrictBurnsvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

About the editors

Amy L. Reschly

Amy Reschly is a professor of Educational Psychology and coordinator of the doctoral 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 and the Handbook of Student Engagement Interventions and is currently the Editor of School Psychology Review.

Angie J. Pohl

Angie Pohl, PhD, is a middle school principal in Minnesota. Through her various roles in education from teacher, school psychologist, and researcher to school leader, she has remained committed to student engagement and ensuring all students are ready academically, socially, and emotionally for the next level of education. Prior to leading in schools, she provided training nationally and internationally on Check & Connect and served as an investigator on several Check & Connect research projects.

Sandra L. Christenson

Dr. Christenson is Professor Emeritus, Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She has been a principal investigator on several federally-funded projects in the areas of dropout prevention and family-school partnerships, including Check & Connect, which is in its 29th year of research and implementation. Dr. Christenson publishes extensively; recently she co-edited the Handbook of Research on Student Engagement and the Handbook of Student Engagement Interventions.

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