Marzano's Building Engaged Schools Institute
The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, Massachusetts
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Marzano's Building Engaged Schools Institute

Boston, Massachusetts
October 3–4, 2011

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Marzano's Building Engaged Schools Institute

Boston, Massachusetts

Every teacher can create a classroom environment where engagement is the norm, not the exception. Gain an in-depth understanding of how to generate high levels of attention and engagement as a result of careful planning and execution of specific strategies.

Dr. Robert J. Marzano and other experts will provide an overview of the research and the four critical questions inherent to student engagement:

  1. How do I feel?
  2. Am I interested?
  3. Is this important?
  4. Can I do this?

They will then tackle a specific component, providing strategies you can use in your classroom.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain tools to increase students' interest in the learning process.
  • Use focused instruction in vocabulary to boost academic performance.
  • Understand how to connect with students on the emotional level.

Participation Information

You will receive a certificate of participation after the event. For more information, contact the Institutes Department at 800.733.6786 or

Additional Information

Product Code: CFF290

Keynote Presentations

Robert J. Marzano

An Overview of Engagement Dr. Marzano reviews the research and theory on student engagement and provides a concrete model that teachers and administrators can implement to enhance the attention and engagement of their students. He also explains the differences between attention and engagement and the implications of those differences for planning classroom activities.

Moving Into Action on Engagement As a follow-up to the breakout sessions, Dr. Marzano addresses the affective side of learning by examining how (1) classroom activities intrigue students, (2) students perceive classroom goals in relation to their personal goals, and (3) students develop a sense of self-efficacy.

Presentation Topics

Leading the Implementation of a Schoolwide Vocabulary for Increased Student Achievement and Engagement
Learn how to boost the academic performance of all students through focused instruction in vocabulary. Understand the difference between general and academic vocabulary and how vocabulary learning relates to building background knowledge. During this session, you will learn a process for creating a list of essential academic terms and phrases within a content area and a six-step process for teaching academic vocabulary. Discover how to utilize a list of basic and advanced vocabulary terms with English learners, as well as specific vocabulary games to enhance student engagement with vocabulary instruction.

Grab Student Attention and Connect Students at the Emotional Level: How Do I Feel? Am I Interested?
This session will highlight the research and theory behind connecting with students at the emotional level. Learn about effective pacing, the importance of physical movement, and building positive teacher-student relationships—those effective for clearly linking student feelings within the classroom. You will also gain strategies for connecting student interest, including using games and inconsequential competition, friendly controversy, unusual information, and questioning.

Engage Students Through Self-Efficacy: Is This Important? Can I Do This?
This session will highlight the importance of connecting to students’ lives, students’ ambitions, and application of knowledge. Some specific technology tools will be shown to enhance student interest. Additionally, you will understand the importance of tracking student progress, using effective feedback, and teaching self-efficacy. Combining these efforts into common, systemic practice is shown to engage students in the learning process.

Formative Assessment and Grading for Increasing Student Engagement
Re-engage students through the use of formative assessments and grading practices. This session will use the framework described in Formative Assessment & Standards-Based Grading to articulate specific strategies for designing and scoring formative assessments and using them as the basis for grading and reporting practices. Topics addressed include involving students in the assessment of their learning, specific and timely feedback to motivate student learning, the inadequacy and the inaccuracy of the 100-point scale, a practitioner-friendly template for scale (rubric) design, computing final evidence of learning about topics, grading practices in a standards-based system, and new forms of report cards for formative assessment.

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