Student Engagement refers to the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their education. Teachers collectively agree that learning improves when students are inquisitive, creative, interested and inspired. When students are truly engaged in their learning, students transform into confident, collaborative leaders.
"Talk to me and I struggle to learn.
Actively involve me and I achieve.
Empower me to lead and I take my new skills wherever I go."
~Paul Solarz, Learn Like A Pirate
At Veterans Park School, the staff took a close look at Student Engagement to address specific problems of practice identified by teachers and school leaders. Professional Development during the 2014-2015 school year was focused on researching, discussing, and developing best practices for various engagement indicators. This work resulted in seven Student Engagement Inquiry Projects addressing the student engagement indicators. The following presentations highlight the Student Engagement indicators, showcase strategies teachers use to target the needs, and how teachers have implemented these strategies into classroom practice. Also included is the presentation from DESE's Fall Convening.
Professional Learning Groups as Professional Development and School Improvement Strategies
Presented at DESE's Fall Convening October 27-28 in Marlborough, MA
Student Engagement Collaborative Inquiry Projects
Developed by Veterans Park School Staff
Students question, contribute, and/or collaborate throughout the lesson.
Presentation By: Erica Marsh, Katie Douthwright, Chrissy James, Lisa Teixeira, Bobbi Mol
Students openly process one another’s thinking by actively listening, rephrasing, agreeing/disagreeing and offering a rationale.
Presentation By: Sarah Belson, Michelle Irwin, Mary Golden, Katie Leary, Sue Lesniak, Amy Brown
Students are engaged in sustained interaction, often in small groups, in order to complete academic tasks that include speaking, listening, reading and writing or other means of expression.
Presentation By: Leigh Boland, Allison Breen, Kaitlin Cookish
Students use evidence and/or data to analyze, interpret, synthesize or evaluate information.
Presentation By: Carol O’Shea, Andrea Morton Elysa Burstein, Pam Gebo, Angela Anselmo
Students use various means of expression (e.g. discussion, debate, data, demonstration, multimedia) to share their ideas and defend their positions.
Presentation By: Nicole Sousa, Becky Hardick, Pat Annecchiarico, Zack Richer, Amy Harris
Students pose questions and/or respond to material in ways that indicate their understanding of and reflection on concepts.
Presentation By: Angela Knox, Megan Sweet, Melissa Canale, Andrea Lacey
Students assess their own performance and set appropriate goals for what they need to do to meet lesson objectives or move to the next level of proficiency.
Presentation By: Cheryl Campbell, Donna Katz, Kim Ferreira, Jen McDonald