Student Engagement

Best Practices for Effective Schools
This brief explains strategies to create a triad of engagement that will increase the number of students who are focused, achieve higher grades, and invest in relationships at school.
Author: Lynne Michael Blum
Publisher: Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute

Engaging and Re-engaging Students in Learning at School
This guide highlights the challenges of student disengagement and offers intervention strategies to keep students engaged or re-engaged in learning.
Publication Date: 2008
Publisher: Center for Mental Health in Schools

Engaging Native American Learners With Rigor and Cultural Relevance
This brief identifies strategies that foster Native American student engagement and improved academic achievement, focusing on instructional practices, curriculum content, and school climate.
Authors: Abner Oakes and Traci Maday
Publication Date: August 2009
Publisher: The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement

ESSentials LogoESSentials: Cooperative Learning Strategy: Jigsaw Grades K-5
This resource explains a research-based cooperative learning technique that involves all students in active learning. It can be used across the content areas to enhance comprehension and participation of students on all reading levels. A demonstration video of students using the strategy is included.
Publication Date: May 2015
Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services

ESSentials LogoESSentials: Cooperative Learning Strategy: Think-Pair-Share ~ Grades K-5
This resource explains Think-Pair-Share as a strategy where students work together to solve a problem or answer a question. A demonstration video of a teacher and her students using this strategy is included.
Publication Date: May 2015
Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services

ESSentials LogoESSentials: Explicit Instruction
This comprehensive resource offers guidance to special and general education teachers for using techniques of explicit instruction based on the book, Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching. Included are two video demonstrations of Anita Archer working with students at an Arizona middle school.
Authors: Anita Archer and Charles Hughes
Publication Date: April 2015
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services

ESSentials LogoESSentials: Interventions and Enrichment
This resource demonstrates how Arizona’s Mesquite Elementary gives students the additional time they need to master core concepts and elevate their learning to the next level.
Publication Date: June 2015
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services

Group-Response Techniques
When students respond as a group to academic content, they are actively engaged and more likely to learn the material being taught. This article explains the group-response techniques of choral reading and response cards. 
Publisher: Intervention Central 

Guided Notes: Increasing Student Engagement During Lecture and Assigned Readings
This article describes the study and organization technique of guided notes for promoting active engagement during lecture or independent reading.
Publisher: Intervention Central

Measuring Student Engagement in Upper Elementary through High School: A Description of 21 Instruments
This report summarizes what each instrument measures, describes its purposes and uses, and provides technical information on its psychometric properties.
Prepared by: Jennifer Fredricks, Wendy McColskey, Jane Meli, Bianca Montrosse, Joy Mordica, and Kathleen Mooney
Publication Date: 2011
Publisher: Institute of Educational Sciences

Peer Review
This strategy guide explains how to employ peer review in the classroom, guiding students as they offer each other constructive feedback to improve their writing and communication skills.
Publisher: International Reading Association

Reducing Problem Behaviors Through Good Academic Management: 10 Strategies
This article discusses how teachers can help behaviorally challenged students and offers ten research-based ideas on academic strategies that can shape student behavior in positive ways.
Publisher: Intervention Central

Revisiting Read-Aloud: Instructional Strategies that Encourage Students' Engagement with Text
This article describes evidence-based practices that encourage first graders' engagement with texts, provides a rationale for promoting engagement with texts, and discusses three literacy strategies.
Authors: Vanessa Morrison and Lisa Wlodarczyk
Publication Date: October 2009
Publisher: Reading Rockets

Right to Supportive Learning Environments and High-Quality Resources
This research brief discusses every child’s right to literacy-rich learning environments that provide high-quality, open educational resources such as accessible books, texts, and digital resources for all to use, manipulate, and learn from.
Publisher: International Literacy Association
Publication Date: 2019

This set of behavioral strategies was developed for classroom teachers to use with students who may require academic and/or behavioral support. The strategies are intended to assist teachers working with students with primary academic deficits and challenging behaviors. For students with more intensive behaviors, potential intensification strategies also are included.
Publication Date: January 2016
Publisher: National Center on Intensive Intervention