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The Engagement Gap | Poverty and Education | Teacher Leadership | Choosing Your Tomorrow Today
Although much has been written about the achievement gap, less has been said about redirecting our focus on student engagement in learning. And focusing on engagement may be the closest thing we have to ensuring effective learning is taking place. Centering on the process of effective pedagogy may be far more beneficial than narrowing our attention only to the outcomes. The spring 2016 Whole Child Symposium focused on the engagement gap:
What do students think? Students share their thoughts on how to turn schools into places where young people can thrive in a video from The Future Project.
Read the Sympoisum Report on The Engagement Gap (PDF)
Socioeconomic status has been touted as one of the greatest determinants of academic achievement and success. A 2014 report (PDF) conducted by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) indicated that poverty, if unaddressed, can explain up to 46 percent of the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) scores in OECD member countries.
In spring 2015, ASCD convened the third ASCD Whole Child Symposium in Washington, D.C. The symposium focused on the issue of poverty as it relates to school reform and education improvement efforts. The topic is particularly timely for two reasons:
Read the Sympoisum Report on Poverty and Education (PDF)
Learn about poverty and education by the numbers (PDF)
Current Research and the History of Poverty in the United States
Classroom Experiences and Practitioner Insight
Whole Child Symposium Panelists Take Audience Questions
Teaching today is a more complex set of roles and responsibilities than ever before. The skills and knowledge required to successfully engage students and prepare them for our quickly-changing society define how teachers lead within the classroom and without.
In early December 2014, ASCD convened the second Whole Child Symposium to explore how to support aspiring teacher leaders, especially those who want to stay in the classroom as instructional leaders and more.
Read the Symposium Report on Teacher Leadership (PDF)
Learn more about the teacher leadership landscape (PDF)
Why Are Teacher Leaders Important to the Education Profession?
How Can We Best Support Aspiring Teacher Leaders in the Classroom?
The spring 2014 Whole Child Symposium featured discussions on the theme "Choosing Your Tomorrow Today" across three events in three separate settings, with each event seeking different voices, audiences, and perspectives. Participants were encouraged to ask questions, argue issues, and suggest solutions online throughout the duration of the seven-week discussion.
Read the Symposium Report on Choosing Your Tomorrow Today (PDF)
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