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Measuring Human Return

Understand and Assess What Really Matters for Deeper Learning

By: Joanne Joy McEachen, Matthew Kane

Discover what really matters for students and learn how to bring it to life. Follow this comprehensive guide to measuring self-understanding, knowledge, competencies, and connection.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544330822
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2018
  • Page Count: 248
  • Publication date: October 12, 2018

Price: $39.95

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Measure what matters for deeper learning

Getting at the heart of what matters for students is key to deeper learning that connects with their lives, but what good is knowing what matters without also understanding how to bring it to life? What does it really take to know who students are, what they are truly learning, and why? 

Measuring Human Return solves this dilemma with a comprehensive, systematic process for measuring deeper learning outcomes. Educators will learn to assess students’ self-understanding, knowledge, competencies, and connections through vignettes, case studies, learning experiences and tools. The book helps readers:

  • Develop key system capabilities to build the foundation for sustainable engagement, measurement, and change
  • Discover five comprehensive “frames” for measuring deeper learning
  • Engage in the process of collaborative inquiry 
  • Commit to the central, active role of learners by engaging them as partners in every aspect of their learning 

Discover how to take an authentic, formative, and inquiry-driven approach to measuring the outcomes that drive deeper learning.

The book really hits the mark. The best thing about it is the in-depth discussion of systems. It is with great pleasure that I read and re-read this book. It delivers a good combination of big vision with specific strategies and techniques.
Jeff Beaudry, Professor, Educational Leadership; 
University of Southern Maine; Portland, ME 

This is just what we need in our district. This engaging book will help Change Teams support their systems to effectively measure deeper learning. Readers will be drawn in by great examples from around the globe of educators putting students first. This energizing book calls us to take action for all of our students today and for our future.
Charisse Berner, Director of Teaching and Learning, Curriculum; 
Bellingham Public Schools; Bellingham, WA

Key features

This book will support the following primary outcomes:

Development of System Capabilities. This book describes and provides the process for

developing five key system capabilities:

! Understanding Your System

! Engaging Learners, Families and Communities as Real Partners

! Identifying and Measuring What’s Important

! Leading for Deep and Sustainable Change

! Creating a Culture of Learning, Belonging and High Expectations for All


Establishment of a Comprehensive System of Measurement. This book describes five

“frames” for measuring deep learning, which walk readers through the process of setting

up and sustaining a system of measurement in their schools and systems.

Engagement in the Process of Collaborative Inquiry. Collaborative inquiry describes the

continuous process of deep learning design, implementation, assessment and measurement

encasing all work with deep learning.

Commitment to the Central, Active Role of Learners. The overarching exploration of this

book is the importance of engaging learners (and parents and communities) as active

partners in every aspect of their learning. With deep learning, pedagogy is no longer solely

the concern of the teacher. Learning design, measurement, assessment and all other

elements of pedagogical practice extend now to students as well, whose roles and

responsibilities are consistent not only with learning, but with those once blanketed under

teaching as well.




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Joanne Joy McEachen

Joanne McEachen is founder and CEO of The Learner First (, an international education consultancy based in Seattle, Washington. She leads a team of dedicated education and evaluation specialists who support school systems through the processes of assessment, measurement, and whole-system change. Her methodology interrogates systems through the eyes of their least-served learners, supporting them to embrace and celebrate students’ cultural identities and individual interests and needs. Joanne also serves as the Global New Measures Director for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL), an international partnership focused on measuring and developing six global competencies of deep learning (the “6Cs”), where she works alongside and in partnership with Michael Fullan, Joanne Quinn, and other educators and system leaders worldwide. With her NPDL cofounders, Joanne coauthored Deep Learning: Engage the World, Change the World, which shares and celebrates the learning emerging from throughout NPDL.

Joanne’s expertise spans every level of the educational system. She has been a teacher, principal, superintendent, and national-school-system leader in her home country of New Zealand and around the world, and she has worked with multiple large and diverse school districts in the US to bring deeper learning to life. Drawing from rich and varied experiences tackling the issues faced by schools, districts, education departments, and the individuals within them, Joanne shares measures, tools, approaches, and insights that deepen learning for every learner.

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Matthew Kane

Matthew Kane is the Director of Research and Writing at The Learner First, where he focuses on the role and experiences of school systems in developing the learning outcomes that contribute to lifelong success, connect us with one another, and make a difference in our communities. He has partnered with diverse schools and school systems globally to develop deeper learning tools, language, and practices, and he works as a senior project manager with the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL) global partnership. Matthew graduated from the University of Notre Dame and lives in Seattle, Washington.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface: The Depth of Humanity

Part I. Capable Systems of Change


     Deeper Learning in a Changing World

     A Comprehensive Measurement Framework

     The State of the System



     Shifting Priorities

     System Capability 1: Understanding Your System

     System Capability 2: Engaging Learners, Parents, and Communities as Real Partners

     System Capability 3: Identifying and Measuring What’s Important

     System Capability 4: Leading for Deep and Sustainable Change

     System Capability 5: Creating a Culture of Learning, Belonging, and High Expectations for All


     Collective Cognition for Collaborative Change

     An Inquiry Approach

     Final Reflections on Part I

Part II. Five Frames of Measurement


     Engage, Empower, and Transform

     Composing an Evaluative Snapshot

     Identifying and Describing What Matters

     Breaking Down Deeper Learning


     Authentic Measures and a System of Tools

     Measuring Self-Understanding, Connection, and Competency

     Capability and Practice Tools

     Developing Measures in Individual Contexts


     Riding the Wave

     Language Development

     Establishing System Alignment

     Final Reflections on Part II

Part III. Authentic Inquiry Practice


     Drilling Down Into Inquiry

     Making Sense of Assessment Evidence

     Engaging in Professional Inquiry


     Assessing and Measuring Student Outcomes

     Designing Authentic Assessments


     Practice Applies

     A Celebration of Learning and Practice

     No Interrupting the Flow


     Measuring and Sharing Learning and Practice

     Exemplars, Evidence, and Inter-Rater Reliability

     Final Reflections on Part III

Conclusion: How Deep Are You?





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