Skills that best describe Student Engagement


  • Aligned to T-TESS Planning Dimension 1.3, 1.4 & T-TESS Instruction Dimension 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5


    1. Designs intentional learning experiences that students find personally relevant and valuable.


    2. Empowers students to engage in critical thinking in order to address real-world problems and design products that have a purpose beyond the classroom.


    3. Encourages student voice and choice in learning.


    4. Plans opportunities for students to collaborate inside and outside the classroom.


    5. Analyzes engagement level of each student (compliance versus engagement) and makes adjustments to meet student needs


Targeted Supports


    • Teachers will customize the display of information to ensure engagement for all students (i.e. provide alternatives for auditory and visual information, provide both linguistic and non-linguistic representation, provide scaffolds for accessibility).


    • Teachers will clarify vocabulary and symbols, support decoding, and promote understanding across languages to ensure the engagement for all students.


    • Teachers will activate or supply background knowledge, highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships, and guide information processing and visualization to ensure the engagement for all students.

Leadership Considerations


  • Aligned to T-PESS Standard 1: Instructional Leadership - The Principal is responsible for ensuring that every student receives high-quality instruction. 


    1. Leaders will monitor lesson plans to ensure lessons are aligned to the standards.


    2. Leaders will observe lessons, looking for differentiated instruction.


    3. Leaders will monitor classes to ensure students are given the opportunity to interact/discuss/digest course content.


Impact Measures


Student Engagement Offerings