Student Engagement and Motivation

The latest news about student engagement and motivation, including articles, opinion essays, and special features.

Students in Christina Hanna and Kelly Pollack’s class spread out as they work on assignments at Chicago International Charter School West Belden. Hanna and Pollack co-teach the class of about 60 3rd and 4th graders.
—Laura McDermott for Education Week

Why Does Personalized Learning Sometimes Feel Impersonal?

Worried about students' social detachment in technology-driven, personalized learning environments, some schools are weaving social-emotional support into lessons. (November 6, 2018)

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Letting Students Take Ownership of Their Assessments
Student-led assessments allow students to demonstrate their learning in a meaningful, active way. This discussion focuses on best practices and challenges of helping students demonstrate skills through topics of their choice.

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Nurturing Students’ Climb to Success: Why Engagement and Motivation Matter
Cultivating the conditions and relationships that allow all students to thrive requires hard, deliberate work. Schools are trying a range of strategies to get students vested in their learning.

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Joseph Meloche: Recognized for Leadership in Elevating Student Voice
Superintendent Joseph Meloche regularly turns to students to inform his decisionmaking in the Cherry Hill, N.J., school district. He is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.

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A recent analysis of enrollment data from 40 states reveals deep racial disparities in who takes these career-oriented courses.
October 22, 2020 – AP
The pandemic hit college-bound members of the class of 2020 from low-income homes much harder than it did their better-off peers, our survey found.
October 21, 2020 – Education Week
A 2020 high school graduate struggles to continue her education despite a disrupted senior year, a move to a new home, and spotty internet access.
October 21, 2020 – Education Week
Here’s a recap of key findings for how to improve virtual learning, prioritize what to teach, make up for lost learning, and tend to students’ well-being.
September 30, 2020 – Education Week
Students are almost certain to have a tougher time feeling comfortable sharing contradictory views in virtual settings, especially in the current political environment.
October 7, 2020 – Education Week
Amid the continued threat of COVID-19, fires are now roaring across 10 states, causing experts to worry about how much stress children can handle.
September 15, 2020 – Education Week
The beginning of the semester is a crucial time to bridge social distances to form the personal connections that students will need to sustain them academically and emotionally.
September 3, 2020 – Education Week
Helping students develop critical social-emotional skills in a socially distanced world will require rethinking existing approaches.
September 3, 2020 – Education Week
Even with remote learning, there are steps schools can take to reach stressed-out students without pathologizing them.
September 3, 2020 – Education Week
Some child-development experts are worried that students’ social, emotional, and mental well-being will be put on the backburner this fall.
September 3, 2020 – Education Week

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