Building a Culture For Learning, Part 2: Defining Engagement

Open to: All teachers.

Opportunity at a Glance: Our last post on this theme focused on understanding how a teacher’s growth mindset can support a meaningful culture of learning in a classroom.
Developing a culture of learning means understanding the nature of true engagement. Our “Defining Engagement” professional learning explores engagement as a cognitive process where students’ engagement is “minds-on.” With this resource, you’ll have the opportunity to investigate and assess engagement in your classroom.

As a reminder, The Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning (CIPL) and the Office of Library Services (OLS) are providing free access to 70 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) eBook titles. Some titles that connect to building a culture for learning include:

  • Book 22, p. 14: “Engaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy.” In this book, you’ll learn how to use research-based practices in your classroom that can truly engage students and help them to be joyful, confident learners.
  • Book 37, p. 19: “Learning in the Fast Lane: 8 Ways to Put ALL Students on the Road to Academic Success.” In this book, you’ll explore eight high-impact instructional practices to close achievement gaps and get all students – whether struggling or excelling – in the academic fast lane.

Check back soon for Part 3 of this series to learn how to differentiate between compliant and engaged learning.

Take action: Visit to access these, and many other, resources.

For more information: Email Teacher Effectiveness if you have any questions. They would also love to hear about how you’re using the resources from this post.

See Part 1: Teacher Mindset Resources