Student Engagement in Alberta Schools with Douglas Willms

Douglas Willms recently did a webinar for the AISINetwork on Student Engagement.  The focus of the webinar was around the work Dr Willms has done with Tell Them From Me. Many school authorities are using this system as part of their data collection and measurement in support of AISI Cycle 5 action research.

Topics covered:

  • If Alberta was a country it scored higher on the PISA than Finland in 2000. (Wow)
  • Which comes first learning or engagement?
  • Nine measures of engagement
  • Gender differences
  • Inequalities of student engagement
  • Student types based on clusters of engagement measures
  • Impact of reading success on student engagement
  • Measurement of various outcomes (e.g. Academic, Social, Health and Wellness)
  • Relationship of climate to engagement
  • Relationship of instructional challenge to engagement
  • What can schools do?
  • What can jurisdictions do?

20388Douglas Willms is a Professor and Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the International Academy of Education, and a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Education. His work on student engagement has spanned a decade. Prof. Willms played a lead role in developing the questionnaires for Canada’s National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth and the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Recently, Dr. Willms and his colleagues designed the Early Years Evaluation (EYE), an instrument that some of the AISI community is using for the direct assessment of children’s developmental skills at ages 3 to 6, and Tell Them From Me, an evaluation system for the continuous monitoring of school climate and student engagement and wellness.

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