Leaders of Their Own Learning
Transforming Schools Through Student-Engaged Assessment
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
, Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
"A visionary argument for how we can invert the school reform pyramid and put students in charge of their own learning."
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