The holistic development of adolescents – academically, socially, and emotionally – is at the heart of the Engaged Classrooms approach. Three key frameworks inform Engaged Classrooms:
The Engaged Classrooms approach prepares teachers and staff to create schools where adolescents feel safe, cared for, engaged, and challenged. The approach is organized within five learning Domains: 1) Positive Personal Relationships; 2) Organizing the Learning Environment; 3) Content Design, Learning Tasks, and Protocols; 4) Academic Support; and 5) Restorative and Accountable Discipline and Behavioral Support.
Our Engaged Classrooms approach includes the following components:
A comprehensive process in which Engaging Schools collaborates with school leaders to assess current instructional practices regarding student engagement and achievement. It includes a review of quantitative data, sensing interviews, classroom observations, a teacher survey, and school leader meetings.
The four-day institute supports middle and high school teachers to reflect on their current practice and to learn frameworks, strategies, and mindsets that increase engagement, build high-performing classroom communities, improve academic achievement, and foster social and emotional competencies.
Professional Learning Cycle
This process equips teacher teams and instructional leaders to address a collectively identified “problem of practice.” Leaders design a Professional Learning Cycle that supports mutual accountability among peers by providing sustained professional learning that employs a core set of norms, strategies, and protocols, helping teachers discover and plan for solutions that improve student outcomes.
A compelling set of evidence-based strategies that support middle and high school students’ academic achievement and social-emotional learning and development provides the foundation of the Engaged Classrooms approach. You can find these and much more in our latest publication, Engaged Classrooms: The Art and Craft of Reaching and Teaching All Learners.
Engaged Classrooms helps teachers deepen their ability to:
Engaged Classrooms fosters positive changes in student outcomes.
Students have increases in:
Students have decreases in:
Engaged Classrooms helps schools gain:
“Educators need to understand how best to help adolescents develop as learners in their classes. This should not be framed as an additional task for teachers, though for many it may mean teaching in new ways. By helping students develop the noncognitive skills, strategies, attitudes, and behaviors that are the hallmarks of effective learners, teachers can improve student learning and course performance while also increasing the likelihood that students will be successful in college.”
Camille A. Farrington, et al., Teaching adolescents to become learners, The role of noncognitive factors in shaping school performance: A critical literature review