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The Empowered Student
Volume 77, Number 6
How do educators create lessons and school environments that foster student agency and expression? The March 2020 issue of Educational Leadership on "The Empowered Student" will explore the strategies that best cultivate student innovation and creativity as opposed to passive learning.
14 The Curse of "Helicopter Teaching"
Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher
To gain skill and voice, student writers need space to hear themselves think.
20 Fishing for the Right Assessment Language
With clear objectives and cooperative assessments, educators can help students set the hook on their own learning.
28 Seven Ways to Make High School "Suck" Less
Gabriel "Asheru" Benn
By giving students more paths for expression and creativity, we can make school more relevant to their lives.
36 Raise Their Voices
Scott Seider and Daren Graves
By fostering political agency, schools can ramp up students' civic knowledge and engagement.
41 Joining the Movement
Educators can help students gain sophistication on how social movements work.
44 Encouraging Student Dissent in the Classroom
Rather than being silenced, healthy dissidence should be taught and supported.
49 Empowering Students by Demystifying Grading
Joe Feldman and Tanji Reed Marshall
Giving students more insight into performance expectations increases their learning agency.
54 Dispositions by Design
Arthur L. Costa, Bena Kallick, Jay McTighe, and Allison Zmuda
How schools can help students develop the Habits of Mind they need to become self-directed learners.
60 How Student Voice Transformed East High
Valerie L. Marsh and Shaun Nelms
A struggling school put student voice at the center of its turnaround plan.
66 Project-Based Learning That Makes a Difference
Bob Lenz and John Larmer
Community-based projects can help students build agency.
72 The Secret Sauce for Successful Classroom-Tech Projects
Emily Barton, Dan Brown, and Jennifer Chiu
Technology projects can spark student empowerment—but only if educators first empower themselves.
78 The High Schooler's Guide to Happiness
An English teacher's "happiness unit" builds self-reflection skills.
9 Reader's Guide/When Students Own Their Learning
82 Research Matters/Listen Up!
Bryan Goodwin and Samantha E. Holquist
Bring student voice into school decision making to change the culture.
84 Show & Tell: A Video Column/The Power of Practice Assessments
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Showing students what they don't know can boost agency.
86 Leading Together/A Balance of Power
Jill Harrison Berg and Jordan Weymer
To support teacher leaders, principals must provide equal parts power and empowerment.
88 Confronting Inequity/Who Has the Privilege to Be Empowered?
We can't foster student agency without addressing racial oppression.
90 ASCD Policy Priorities/Working Toward the Whole Educator
We're seeking your ideas on how to support educators' social and emotional well-being.
6 Readers React
91 Index to Advertisers
93 Whole Child Spotlight: On Student Empowerment
94 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL Takeaways/Empowerment Essentials
EL ONLINE EXCLUSIVES
Releasing the Reins
Rick Jetter and Rebecca Coda
Three simple ways to give students agency—and gather better feedback.
Let Them Lead
Sam Intrator, Don Siegel, Graeham Dodd, and Jo Glading-DiLorenzo
Through cross-age teaching and coaching programs, students can be empowered to teach, reflect, and lead.
Tell Us About
Readers reflect on how their schools changed after listening to student voices.