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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Spotlight on Student Motivation

In this Spotlight, discover the links between work students find meaningful and their levels of motivation in the classroom, and see what teachers can learn from disengagement on tests.


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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.


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.

Leader To Learn From

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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This crisis may provide the opportunity for a bold paradigm shift in education—but only if we embrace personalization, urges Paul Reville.
May 21, 2020 – Education Week
From holograms to boat parades, school districts are thinking out of the box when it comes to staging high school commencement ceremonies during the coronavirus crisis.
May 15, 2020 – Education Week
Career technical education has been on a roll lately, but educators fear that will change, as unemployment soars and some students are cut off from hands-on learning opportunities.
May 12, 2020 – Education Week
Many children have trouble concentrating on school work, but problems with sitting still, focusing, or organization are especially hard for some—and experts predict the disruption and stress of the pandemic will make it worse.
May 11, 2020 – Education Week
Students and adults in the school community will all need more support when schools reopen, writes the head of the National Association of School Psychologists.
May 13, 2020 – Education Week
Keeping up with students’ growing mental-health needs was a concern for districts long before the pandemic began. It’s even harder now, educators and psychologists say.
May 13, 2020 – Education Week
As school shutdowns extend nationwide, educators are finding that some of their students have simply disappeared and efforts to reach their families are coming up short.
April 29, 2020 – Education Week
Making sure the social and mental well-being of students is tended to is essential to getting young people through this period of chaos and uncertainty.
April 8, 2020 – Education Week
Many educators see social-emotional learning as best suited for early grades, but a Dallas high school is going against the grain to make teaching SEL skills a priority.
April 8, 2020 – Education Week
Some expert and real-world advice on selecting SEL curricula and programs to fit your district and school needs.
April 8, 2020 – Education Week

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