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

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

Ron Berger, Leah Rugen, Libby Woodfin, EL Education

ISBN: 978-1-118-65577-1 December 2013 Jossey-Bass 400 Pages




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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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