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The Clarity Series: Creating Passionate Learners

The Clarity Series: Creating Passionate Learners
Engaging Today's Students for Tomorrow's World

  • Kim Brown - Director of Learning, Oshkosh Area School District
  • Tony Frontier - Assistant Professor, Doctoral Leadership Studies, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI
  • Donald J. Viegut - Agency Administrator, CESA #8-Northeast Wisconsin

Foreword by Dr. Russell J. Quaglia

July 2015 | 224 pages | Corwin

Increase student engagement and create passionate learners. 

The path that leads a student to drop out of school is typically long, with engagement fading each year until the student stops attending. 

Clearly, increasing student engagement is the key to halting this sequence. But lack of consensus on the definition of “engagement” makes this difficult. 

What schools need is a common engagement literacy – a simple yet nuanced understanding of how to maximize engagement. 

This book offers the first comprehensive system for defining engagement and optimizing it in any student cohort. Inside, you’ll learn:

  • How to improve teacher feedback methods for maximum engagement
  • The power of mindset (for both educators and students). 
  • Key vocabulary terms for furthering the engagement process.

With this book, you can block the path to dropping out and create a community of passionate learners.

Foreword by Dr. Russell J. Quaglia
About the Authors
1. An Introduction to Creating Passionate Learners
The Educational Anachronism  
Beyond the Next Mandate  
The Intent of Policies and the Ensuing Debates  
Assumptions Driving the Current Context  
An Alternate Premise: A Humanist Approach to Education and Cognitivist Approaches to Learning  
From Past Practice to Next Practice: New Assumptions for Schools in the 21st Century  
2. Committing to Engagement Literacy
Test Scores Tell Only Part of the Story  
In Search of Something More  
Defining Student Engagement  
Why Engagement is Important  
Mistaking Compliance for Engagement  
A More Nuanced Viewed: Types of Student Engagement  
Engagement as Malleable: Classrooms and Schools Matter  
3. The Power of Mindset
Power of Effort  
Leveraging Mindset  
Changing our Mental Models About Mindset to Affect Student Engagement  
Efficiency for Adults and Effectiveness for Students  
Making Learner Psychology Relevant  
Migrating from a Fixed to a Growth Mindset  
The Implications of Growth Mindset for Emotional, Behavioral, and Cognitive Engagement  
The Importance of Dispositions  
Dispositions: Now and in the Future  
Dispositions Nested in the Framework for Creating Passionate Learners  
Growth Mindset Dispositions  
Classroom Strategies for Strengthening Student Dispositions  
How Growth Mindset Supports Passionate Learners  
4. Internal Dialogue: Reengage Learners Using Teacher Feedback
Internal Dialogue  
Use Positive Suppositions to Influence Students’ Views of Themselves and Translate to Confidence in the Classroom  
Develop Students’ Internal Dialogue by Using Language Intentionally  
Efficacy Through Deliberate Language  
Using Careful Feedback to Aid in Students’ Reflection  
Valuing Student Voice in Feedback  
Formative Assessment and Formative Feedback Strategies  
When Students Self-Correct  
The Implications of Internal Dialogue for Emotional, Behavioral, and Cognitive Engagement  
Internal Dialogue Dispositions  
How Internal Dialogue Supports Passionate Learners  
5. Self-Determination
Self-Determination Theory  
Differences Between Autonomy Supportive and Controlling Teachers  
The Implications of Self-Determination for Emotional, Behavioral, and Cognitive Engagement  
Self-Determination Dispositions  
Self-Determination Through the Teacher’s Eyes  
How Self-Determination Support Passionate Learners  
6. Classroom Culture: Setting the Tone for Engagement
Culture Defined  
A Culture of Purpose and Commitment to Support Cognitive Engagement  
Cognitive Engagement as a Culture of Learning or a Culture of Performance?  
Cognitive Engagement as a Culture of Inquiry or a Culture of Right Answers?  
A Culture of Purpose and Commitment to Support Emotional Engagement  
Emotional Engagement as a Culture of Judging or a Culture of Understanding?  
Emotional Engagement as a Culture of Me or We?  
A Culture of Purpose to Support Behavioral Engagement  
Behavioral Engagement in a Culture of Compliance or Authenticity?  
Behavioral Engagement as a Culture of Low Expectations or Expertise?  
Passion Deflators  
The Teacher Whisperer  
Culture Dispositions  
How Culture Support Passionate Learners  
7. High-Leverage Reforms
Student Engagement as the Filter for High-Leverage Reform  
Case Studies: Transactional and Transformational  
Considerations and Implications in Determining High-Leverage Reform Strategies  
8. Leading the Transformation for Creating Passionate Learners
Planning for Transformational Change and the System Work of School Leaders  
Transformational Leadership in Action  
Influencing a Heightened Leader Commitment to Student Engagement  
Guiding Leaders' Focus on Student Engagement  
Appendix: Effort Tracker

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