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Leaders of Their Own Learning: Transforming Schools Through Student-Engaged Assessment

ISBN: 978-1-118-65544-3
400 pages
January 2014, Jossey-Bass
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From EL Education comes a proven approach to student assessment

Leaders of Their Own Learning offers a new way of thinking about assessment based on the celebrated work of EL Education schools across the country. Student-Engaged Assessment is not a single practice but an approach to teaching and learning that equips and compels students to understand goals for their learning and growth, track their progress toward those goals, and take responsibility for reaching them. This requires a set of interrelated strategies and structures and a whole-school culture in which students are given the respect and responsibility to be meaningfully engaged in their own learning.

  • Includes everything teachers and school leaders need to implement a successful Student-Engaged Assessment system in their schools
  • Outlines the practices that will engage students in making academic progress, improve achievement, and involve families and communities in the life of the school
  • Describes each of the book's eight key practices, gives advice on how to begin, and explains what teachers and school leaders need to put into practice in their own classrooms
  • Ron Berger is Chief Program Officer for EL Education and a former public school teacher

Leaders of Their Own Learning shows educators how to ignite the capacity of students to take responsibility for their own learning, meet Common Core and state standards, and reach higher levels of achievement.

DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

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Table of Contents

DVD Contents vii

Foreword by Mike Johnston xi

Preface by Scott Hartl xv

Acknowledgments xvii

About the Authors xix

About Expeditionary Learning xxi

Introduction 1

1 Learning Targets 19

2 Checking for Understanding during Daily Lessons 53

3 Using Data with Students 93

4 Models, Critique, and Descriptive Feedback 131

5 Student-Led Conferences 177

6 Celebrations of Learning 209

7 Passage Presentations with Portfolios 253

8 Standards-Based Grading 299

Conclusion Transforming Schools 347

Appendix Accessing the Bonus Web Materials 351

References 353

How to Use the DVD 355

Index 357

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Author Information

Ron Berger, chief academic officer for EL Education, taught public school for more than twenty-five years.

Leah Rugen has worked as an educator and writer for more than twenty years.

Libby Woodfin, a former teacher, is director of publications for EL Education.

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Audio/Video

Check out a video on the book here - https://vimeo.com/83645665

Press Release

January 08, 2014
LEADERS OF THEIR OWN LEARNING: Transforming Schools Through Student-Engaged Assessment

All learners continually assess the quality of their work, skills, understanding, and behavior and decide what is good enough. They assess and decide when written work is good enough to turn in; when they have put enough effort into a reading assignment or math test; when they understand a concept sufficiently; and whether they have been respectful and helpful to others. But for a variety of reasons, students and teachers often don’t tap into this level of assessment and learn how to capitalize on it. Teachers frequently fall into the trap of simply saying “try harder,” without giving students specific targets, feedback, time to revise, and encouragement. What students really need are tools to assess and improve their own learning and the motivation to do so.  Now comes a book that provides a new approach to assessment that draws on the assessments that occur naturally and internally for students every day. 

LEADERS OF THEIR OWN LEARNING: Transforming Schools Through Student-Engaged Assessment (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley brand; January 2014; $29.95; Paper or eBook; ISBN: 978-1-118-65544-3) offers school leaders and classroom teachers a new way of thinking about assessment based on the celebrated work of Expeditionary Learning Schools across the country. Student-Engaged Assessment is not a single practice. It is an approach to teaching and learning that equips and compels students to understand goals for their learning and growth, track their progress toward those goals, and take responsibility for reaching them. This requires a set of interrelated strategies and structures and a whole-school culture in which students are given the respect and responsibility to be meaningfully engaged in their own learning. 

LEADERS OF THEIR OWN LEARNING provides everything teachers and school leaders need to implement a Student-Engaged Assessment system in their schools. It contains chapters on eight key practices that will engage students in making academic progress, improve achievement, and involve families and communities in the life of the school. Each chapter describes a practice, gives advice on how to begin, and explains what teachers and school leaders need to put into practice in their own classrooms and schools. The chapters include descriptive text, resources, advice, and stories from schools successfully using the practice. The companion DVD offers compelling video clips that illustrate each key strategy in real schools with real students—to serve as models, raise questions, and stimulate discussion. 

LEADERS OF THEIR OWN LEARNING shows educators how to ignite the capacity of students to take responsibility for their own learning, meet Common Core and state standards, and reach higher levels of achievement.

 

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