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Five Ways to Effectively Engage Students

As I talk to district and school leaders one of their major concerns is how to effectively engage students. Strong school leaders understand that an engaged student leads to positive behavior and student development.

To answer the most-often asked question “how do we effectively engage students” I offer the following five strategies:

  1. Focus on all students to ensure equitable opportunities and activities for all students to be engaged;
  2. Integrate active teaching and learning strategies like service-learning and project-based learning;
  3. Create an engaging school climate so that values and behaviors reflect engagement;
  4. Provide professional development for teachers, staff and school leaders to increase their student engagement knowledge and skills; and
  5. Include student engagement as an element of teacher performance, measuring and enhancing their ability to effectively engage students.

About the author: Terry Pickeral, president Cascade Educational Consultants has extensive experience in policy development, advocacy, education reform, youth leadership, teaching and learning strategies, education collaborations and civic development. His commitment is to ensuring schools create and sustain quality teaching and learning environments for all students to be successful in school and contribute to their communities as active principled citizens.
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