Partnering With Students: Building Ownership of Learning

Partnering With Students: Building Ownership of Learning

by Mary J. (Jane) O'Connell, Kara L. Vandas


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Partnering With Students: Building Ownership of Learning by Mary J. (Jane) O'Connell, Kara L. Vandas

Empower students to own their learning

This resource is designed to empower teachers and leaders with strategies to develop learners who have the confidence and tools to engage in any challenge. By flipping the focus to student ownership of learning, the authors provide clear and simple ways to:

  • Develop collaborative relationships
  • Jointly establish clear expectations for learning and criteria for success
  • Intentionally build learner strategies that last a lifetime
  • Use formative assessment results to monitor progress
  • Harness the power of reciprocal feedback to improve teaching and learning
  • Empower and motivate students set meaningful goals and prove learning

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483371382
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 05/08/2015
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mary Jane O’Connell brings a unique practitioner’s perspective to her work with educators. She has seven years of classroom teaching experience and over twenty years of experience as a building principal in year-round schools ranging in size from 450 to 980 students. Since 2007, she has served as a consultant working with teachers at all levels, building administrators, and central office staff in a variety of urban, suburban and rural settings. Mary Jane has presented numerous seminars throughout the United States and volunteered for two weeks in Zambia to work with college professors desirous of improving their teacher-training programs. It is particularly rewarding when there is an opportunity to establish a relationship and partnership with others that leads to significant increases in student learning.

Mary Jane holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Northridge and a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado in Educational Administration. Mary Jane has personal experience with year-round education, opening new schools, and has implemented the principles of Continuous Quality Improvement embedded in the National Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.

Sedalia, Colorado is home for Mary Jane. In addition to being an avid reader and worldwide traveler, she enjoys the winters skiing with family and friends. During the summer months Mary Jane and her husband live near Big Sky, Montana on the Gallatin River. They are fly fishing enthusiasts and open their home to many friends who share their passion for fishing. The O’Connells have four grown children, three grandchildren, and two Labradors who continue to keep the household buzzing with excitement.

Kara Vandas is an educator with an enduring passion for empowering learners. She began her career in education at an alternative school for youth at-risk. Kara spent several more years in the classroom in public education as a middle and high school educator and then transitioned to coaching and professional learning positions that allowed her to support teachers and leaders. Her current role as an author and consultant takes her around the world to partner with schools and school districts. She also presents nationally and internationally at conferences, with a focus on learner agency and efficacy.

Kara is the co-author of Partnering with Students: Building Ownership of Learning and holds a Master’s degree of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Regis University. She has worked in K-12 education for nearly 20 years with a focus in instruction, curriculum design, using data to drive instruction, science education, learning environments, formative assessment, Visible Learning, and more. She also volunteers as a board member at her child’s local school, where she and her family live in Castle Rock, Colorado. She loves the outdoors and spends much of her free time with family and friends.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Larry Ainsworth
About the Authors
Introduction: Finding True North
1. Defining Collaborative Relationships for Learning
2. Defining Essential Learnings
3. Defining Criteria for Success
4. Learner Strategies for Life
5. Learning Through Effective Feedback
6. Retracing Evidence to Prove and Extend Learning
7. Retracing and Extending the Process: A Summary to Guide Teachers and Leaders
Study Guide
List of Figures

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