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Educational LeadershipMarch 2020The Empowered StudentVolume 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 GallagherTo gain skill and voice, student writers need space to hear themselves think.
20 Fishing for the Right Assessment LanguageMyron DueckWith clear objectives and cooperative assessments, educators can help students set the hook on their own learning.
28 Seven Ways to Make High School "Suck" LessGabriel "Asheru" BennBy giving students more paths for expression and creativity, we can make school more relevant to their lives.
36 Raise Their VoicesScott Seider and Daren GravesBy fostering political agency, schools can ramp up students' civic knowledge and engagement.
41 Joining the MovementPeter LevineEducators can help students gain sophistication on how social movements work.
44 Encouraging Student Dissent in the ClassroomMike MillerRather than being silenced, healthy dissidence should be taught and supported.
49 Empowering Students by Demystifying GradingJoe Feldman and Tanji Reed MarshallGiving students more insight into performance expectations increases their learning agency.
54 Dispositions by DesignArthur L. Costa, Bena Kallick, Jay McTighe, and Allison ZmudaHow schools can help students develop the Habits of Mind they need to become self-directed learners.
60 How Student Voice Transformed East HighValerie L. Marsh and Shaun NelmsA struggling school put student voice at the center of its turnaround plan.
66 Project-Based Learning That Makes a DifferenceBob Lenz and John LarmerCommunity-based projects can help students build agency.
72 The Secret Sauce for Successful Classroom-Tech ProjectsEmily Barton, Dan Brown, and Jennifer ChiuTechnology projects can spark student empowerment—but only if educators first empower themselves.
78 The High Schooler's Guide to HappinessSally VenturaAn English teacher's "happiness unit" builds self-reflection skills.
9 Reader's Guide/When Students Own Their LearningAnthony Rebora
82 Research Matters/Listen Up!Bryan Goodwin and Samantha E. HolquistBring student voice into school decision making to change the culture.
84 Show & Tell: A Video Column/The Power of Practice AssessmentsDouglas Fisher and Nancy Frey Showing students what they don't know can boost agency.
86 Leading Together/A Balance of PowerJill Harrison Berg and Jordan WeymerTo support teacher leaders, principals must provide equal parts power and empowerment.
88 Confronting Inequity/Who Has the Privilege to Be Empowered?Dena SimmonsWe can't foster student agency without addressing racial oppression.
90 ASCD Policy Priorities/Working Toward the Whole EducatorDavid GriffithWe'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
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Releasing the ReinsRick Jetter and Rebecca CodaThree simple ways to give students agency—and gather better feedback.
Let Them Lead Sam Intrator, Don Siegel, Graeham Dodd, and Jo Glading-DiLorenzoThrough cross-age teaching and coaching programs, students can be empowered to teach, reflect, and lead.
Tell Us AboutReaders reflect on how their schools changed after listening to student voices.
Educational LeadershipNovember 2019A Culture of CoachingVolume 77, No. 3
Instructional coaching and leadership coaching have become key forms of educator professional development and growth. The November 2019 issue of Educational Leadership looks at the dynamics of effective coaching and how schools can create the right conditions to support it.
Educational LeadershipDecember 2019/January 2020Building Bridges for ELLsVolume 77, Number 4
English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest-growing student population group in the United States. Yet most teachers are not trained to work with these learners. The December 2019/January 2020 issue of Educational Leadership explores strategies and school cultural shifts to improve instruction and opportunities for ELLs and make schools more intentionally supportive, enriching spaces for these students.
Educational LeadershipFebruary 2020Rooted in ReadingVolume 77, No. 5
DescriptionDeveloping strong, enthusiastic readers is one of the central objectives of schools, and yet reading instruction is often beset by complex structural challenges, shifting resources, and competing priorities. The February 2020 issue of Educational Leadership is "Rooted in Reading," as we dig deep into the nuances of effective reading instruction and uncover the best strategies to support student engagement in reading at all levels.
April 2020Deeper DiscussionsVolume 77, No. 7
Get ready for some conversation! With oral communication skills increasingly seen as central to student growth and success, the April 2020 issue of Educational Leadership explores the critical topic of “Deeper Discussions”—looking at ways educators can break free of passive-learning conventions and use classroom conversations to promote higher-order thinking, effective communication, social-emotional skills, and equity.
Educational LeadershipMay 2020Learning and the BrainVolume 77, Number 8
The May 2020 issue of Educational Leadership explores the increasingly compelling connections between brain science and the classroom. With research in neuroscience shedding new light on how students learn best, the issue aims to help educators make the most of this information to promote whole child development—and determine how they can sort genuine scientific findings from myths and hearsay.