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Partnering With Students: Building Ownership of Learning

by Mary Jane O'Connell and Kara Vandas Corwin Press
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Pbk 224 pages
AU$66.00 NZ$68.70
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Based on the work of John Hattie and Larry Ainsworth, Partnering with Students highlights the importance of students and teachers sharing responsibility for building a collaborative classroom community that gives and receives feedback, defines criteria for success, and formulates personal learning goals and action plans. The three sections in the book - Define It, Learn It, and Prove It - are used as signposts to anchor the partnering process and will:

Show how to develop the students’ role as a full-fledged partner in the learning process
Offer practical steps to enhance student empowerment
Include several examples and visual diagrams of key ideas

IntroductionPart I: Defining the Journey1. Defining Collaborative Relationships for Learning2. Defining Essential Learnings3. Defining Criteria for SuccessPart II: Learning on the Journey4. Learning Strategies for Life5. Learning through Effective FeedbackPart III: Retracing and Extending the Journey6. Retracing Evidence to Prove and Extend Learning7. Retracing and Extending the ProcessBook Study GuideAppendices A-GGlossaryList of Figures

"Collaborating with students? Providing them with feedback and listening to the feedback they have for us? Too often we have left students out of the dialogue of learning, but those times are changing. In Partnering with Students to Build Ownership of Learning, Mary Jane O’Connell and Kara Vandas share practical and proven methods of putting students at the center of their own learning."

Kara Vandas is an educator at heart and has an enduring passion for learning and supporting and fostering learning for others. She began her career in education at a private school for high-need and at-risk youth. Her desire was to enable students to see and realize their true potential. 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 a consultant takes her around the country to partner with schools and school districts. Her work has also taken her outside of the US as well to Ecuador and the US Virgin Islands. Kara holds a Bacheloras degree in Biology from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Regis University. She has worked in K-12 education for over 15 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 childas local charter 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. Mary Jane OaConnell brings a unique practitioneras 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 staffin 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 Bacheloras degree in Sociology from the University of California, Northridge and a Masteras 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 OaConnells have four grown children, three grandchildren, and two Labradors who continue to keep the household buzzing with excitement.