Principal Leadership - December 2014 - (Page 22)

ENGAGEMENT THE SECRET to Sustainable Learning T ReLeah Cossett Lent 22 Principal Leadership | December 2014 he reams of data that have become a fixture in most schools are a testament to the truism that anything that can be measured is inherently more valuable than that which is more difficult to quantify. Since it may be problematic to assess the degree to which students are motivated to become independent, to persevere in the face of obstacles, or to delve deeper into a topic of study, these important goals are often given short shrift. Nevertheless, research regarding engagement's powerful effect on learning cannot be ignored. Guthrie and Wigfield (2000), for example, found students' engagement in subject-matter reading to be the mediating factor in improved student outcomes. John Guthrie (2008) pointed out that low engagement is actually a precursor to students dropping out of school. If only engagement could be purchased in brightly packaged programs, ready to be zipped into lesson plans. Like most things of intrinsic value, however, engagement is not so easily acquired. Many factors contribute to engagement, some obvious and others less apparent, but engagement remains largely elusive when trying to check it off on a rubric or evaluate it in a walk-through.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Principal Leadership - December 2014

From the Editor
Bulletin Board
Cases in Point
Healthy Schools, Healthy Students
Thinking Outside the Office
Engagement: The Secret to Sustainable Learning
Motivation: The Key to Academic Success in Culturally Diverse High Schools
Leading Together: Reculturing the Assistant Principalship
Incentivizing Accomplishment
Learn to Move, Move to Learn
What Teachers Need: Support in a Time of Reform
Student Services
Instructional Leader
Breaking Ranks in Practice
Discussion Guide

Principal Leadership - December 2014