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Partnering With Students

with Mary Jane O'Connell and Kara Vandas

What your colleagues are saying:

“Mary Jane O’Connell and Kara Vandas have taken a courageous step in connecting the dots on several pieces of strategic research about student learning. They have provided classroom teachers with practical templates with which to apply the teacher’s planning for instruction in partnering with students to build ownership for learning."
Ainsley B. Rose, President
Thistle Educational Development Inc., BC Canada

"O’Connell and Vandas provide a wealth of information to educators, proving that it is not only important to be student-focused, but essential if students are to reach their fullest potential.”
— Russell J. Quaglia, President/Founder
Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations

Workshop Overview

This 2-day workshop is a comprehensive solutions approach designed to empower teachers and students to share in the ownership of learning, significantly improving student engagement, confidence, and learning achievement. Teachers, school leaders, and students collaboratively develop a plan of action for successful student learning and goal realization.

SESSION 1: Building Collaborative

Are your students active contributors to learning in the classroom?  This session focuses on how student and teacher beliefs accelerate or diminish learning. Discovering how to develop learning partnerships with your students will result in significant student achievement.

SESSION 2: Focusing Learning

Can teachers and students articulate the learning outcome and what success looks like?  Through this session, you will gain clarity on essential standards, learning progressions and criteria for success that enables students to set personal goals, monitor and self-assess progress, and prove learning.

SESSION 3: Building Learner Strategies for Life

Help your students build a toolbox of strategies for learning.  Discover how to build learner capacity through the transfer of teacher-owned to student-owned strategies, how to deepen and extend learning by analyzing feedback, and how to guide students to reflect upon and understand what works best for them as learners.

SESSION 4: Proving Learning Through a Body of Evidence

Discover how to begin partnering with your students to engage them in assessing, monitoring, and proving learning.  When students use evidence and criteria for success, they reflect on progress, strategies used, and are able to communicate success and next steps for learning.  

Download the agenda

Check out these Corwin Connect blog posts by Kara and Mary Jane:

Parent-Teacher Conferences-Something's Got to Give!
It's the Hard that Makes it Good: Developing "True Grit" in Students
5 Steps to Partner with Students in Learning
Common Formative Assessment: What's Missing in the Middle?
Feedback—It's Everywhere, But Is It Good? 

Contact us to get a custom proposal for a comprehensive professional learning program tailored to your needs.