Engaging students in their education is the foundation of all successful teaching and learning. Cutting-edge resources and best instructional practices are rendered meaningless without strong student engagement. Creating an environment in which pupils are supported by and connected to their teachers, fellow students and school community has a unique and profound impact on improving student outcomes. This process, however, is difficult to negotiate and poses numerous challenges. The Student Engagement Conference Series titled “Unleashing the Power of Student Engagement” attempts to frame the complex issues relating to this essential subject and provide strategies and support to educators looking to better meet the needs of their pupils.
CASDA faculty experts have identified three elements that are essential to productive student engagement. “The Cognitive Dimension of Student Engagement” will be shared on March 3. It features presentations on productive group work and classroom task design. These sessions focus on instructional strategies that cultivate active participation from students in order to develop collaborative and critical thinking skills. “The Behavioral Dimension of Student Engagement,” offered on March 17, features presentations on the Collaborative Problem Solving Method and Student Ownership/Student Voice. These workshops will enable educators to better understand and address challenging behaviors to create a stable, supportive learning environment for all students. “The Emotional Dimension of Student Engagement,” presented on March 29 focuses on student empowerment and the development of supportive relationships. Cultivating meaningful connections with students not only promotes strong engagement and productive classrooms, but can also ignite a life-long passion for learning.
CASDA faculty member Rebecca Gardner explains that “student engagement supports instruction and subject matter, but it ultimately transcends content, and speaks to the heart of the educator’s mission.” She added “Educators are endowed with the unique potential for transformational impact on the lives of students. It is imperative that we engage pupils thoughtfully to support their education and development both in the classroom and beyond.” Focusing on the cognitive, behavioral and emotional elements of student engagement identified by CASDA faculty will enable teachers and administrators to reflect thoughtfully on their practice and employ strategies to create a thriving learning environment.
Each session includes two half-day workshops running from 8:30 am – 11:30 pm and 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm. A half-day workshop cost $59 for CASDA members and $109 for non-members. Participants who register for at least five workshop sessions will get the sixth session free. For more information or to register for one of the workshops, please visit the series’ webpage.