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Leaders of Their Own Learning

Transforming Schools Through Student-Engaged Assessment

  • Author

    Ron Berger, Leah Rugen, Libby Woodfin

  • Type

    Books

    Put the powerful tools of measuring progress back in the hands of students. Leaders of Their Own Learning offers a new way of thinking about assessment. Student-engaged assessment involves students in understanding and investing in their own growth, changing the primary role of assessment from evaluating and ranking students to motivating them to learn. Student-engaged assessment ignites the capacity of students to take responsibility for their own learning, building the independence, critical thinking skills, perseverance, and self-reflective understanding they need to succeed in college, careers, and life.

    The eight key practices described in Leaders of Their Own Learning engage students in making academic progress, improve achievement, and involve families and communities in the life of the school. The book, which includes 27 videos, is full of powerful strategies to help students own their learning.

    Key features of Leaders of Their Own Learning include:

    • Twenty-seven accompanying videos of student-engaged assessment in action
    • A Leaders of Their Own Learning PD Pack that supports self-study of the book
    • A foreword by Colorado legislator and gubernatorial candidate, Mike Johnston
    • Guidance on how to get started with each practice and strategies for more advanced implementation
    • Advice for leaders on schoolwide implementation of each practice
    • A synthesis of what to expect and the common challenges related to each practice

     

  • Author

    Ron Berger, Leah Rugen, Libby Woodfin

  • Type

    Books

    Put the powerful tools of measuring progress back in the hands of students. Leaders of Their Own Learning offers a new way of thinking about assessment. Student-engaged assessment involves students in understanding and investing in their own growth, changing the primary role of assessment from evaluating and ranking students to motivating them to learn. Student-engaged assessment ignites the capacity of students to take responsibility for their own learning, building the independence, critical thinking skills, perseverance, and self-reflective understanding they need to succeed in college, careers, and life.

    The eight key practices described in Leaders of Their Own Learning engage students in making academic progress, improve achievement, and involve families and communities in the life of the school. The book, which includes 27 videos, is full of powerful strategies to help students own their learning.

    Key features of Leaders of Their Own Learning include:

    • Twenty-seven accompanying videos of student-engaged assessment in action
    • A Leaders of Their Own Learning PD Pack that supports self-study of the book
    • A foreword by Colorado legislator and gubernatorial candidate, Mike Johnston
    • Guidance on how to get started with each practice and strategies for more advanced implementation
    • Advice for leaders on schoolwide implementation of each practice
    • A synthesis of what to expect and the common challenges related to each practice

     

    Table of Contents

    Leaders of Their Own Learning describes EL Education's approach to student-engaged assessment. 

    Chapter 1: Learning Targets 

    Chapter 2: Checking for Understanding

    Chapter 3: Using Data with Students

    Chapter 4: Models, Critique, and Descriptive Feedback

    Chapter 5: Student-Led Conferences

    Chapter 6: Celebrations of Learning

    Chapter 7: Passage Presentations with Portfolios

    Chapter 8: Standards-Based Grading

    Chapter 1: Learning Targets 

    Chapter 2: Checking for Understanding

    Chapter 3: Using Data with Students

    Chapter 4: Models, Critique, and Descriptive Feedback

    Chapter 5: Student-Led Conferences

    Chapter 6: Celebrations of Learning

    Chapter 7: Passage Presentations with Portfolios

    Chapter 8: Standards-Based Grading

    "A visionary argument for how we can invert the school reform pyramid and put students in charge of their own learning."

    Jal Mehta , Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

    Make the Most of Leaders of Their Own Learning

    Browse the entire collection of Leaders of Their Own Learning videos.

    Explore the Leaders of Their Own Learning PD Pack, which supports self-study of the book. 

    EL Education also offers professional development related to Leaders of Their Own Learning. For more information about existing opportunities, or to make inquiries about bringing professional development to your area, email us at pd@eleducation.org.

    Click here to buy the book. 


    Transcript

    - My name is Trinity, I am in kindergarten and to do a student-led conference you can be in first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade or you can be in kindergarten.

    - Hello everyone. This whole entire presentation is to prove to everyone that is here that I am ready for eleventh grade and I am--

    - Boston had to use this photograph as his model. This is called a Tiger Swallowtail.

    - I knew it!

    -The remarkable achievement and college readiness of these students is based on a revolutionary set of assessment practices. A new book from EL Education captures those practices that puts students in the drivers seat as leaders of their own learning. These eight practices work together as assistant to build high-achieving schools and classrooms. They are also powerful as independent practices.

    - You might not know that when you pull one piece of homework out that you’re bad at something. When we are tracking your homework and you look at all the homework that you’ve got back, you know that it’s an ‘aha’ moment that you got this wrong.

    -Student-Engaged Assessment expands assessment from measurement and diagnostic to motivation, inspiring students to become self-directed critical thinkers

    - Don’t put those little tail things so pointed in, I think put them more pointed down.

    - Let’s look at his last draft.

    - He made a lot of progress, he persevered doing it, his friends were honest with him.

    - They were specific but they weren’t mean about it.

    - You just don’t use things in your head, you want to use sharp eye.

    -Drawn from 20 years of experience creating high-achieving public schools across the United States, EL education brings together the most effective practices for increasing achievement and engagement and preparing students for their futures.

    - When you go into the classroom, usually the first thing that we see for the day is our learning targets.

    - The learning targets are really just there. The teachers usually make sure that everyone understands what’s going on before they dive into the learning.

    - A lot of people will be unsure about what that really means and that’s where the self-assessment comes in, like the fist of five.

    - Not just some students and a little bit, we’re being asked to learn about all students understand the concept.

    -Leaders of their Own Learning provides guidance for getting started, case studies, examples from high-achieving schools and high-quality video that brings the practices to life.

    - Length is 24 centimeters. It’s song, I can probably imitate it for you.

    - Okay.

    - It’s like

    - Textbooks are often behind the times. They do not reflect how we are and where we’ve come from and where we’ve come to. This kind of presentation by these young people I think would be just an absolute wonderful experience for everybody to have because we are making some strides in this initiative.

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