Engagement is an exciting word! It can be life-changing for couples, an invitation to an event, or being part of an experience of learning. Many experts provide information about the importance of engagement in education and how to continue to strive to increase student engagement. However, Dr. P.J. Caposey brings to light two forms of engagement to understand.

There is student engagement in a student’s educational experience overall and an individual engagement within a classroom. The article link below provides additional information about the two forms.

When the new wave of evaluating teachers came to be, Danielson was the model everyone looked to as a guide to understand how to approach evaluation. Danielson indicated in her framework as engagement being the heart for overall improvement for student learning. The assessment began the discussions, professional development, and in most cases, confusion to-what is student engagement?

I come from the grant world, and compliance tied with improvement is our primary function. Dr. Caposey points out compelling arguments in how to look at engagement. My favorite quote from him is what I will leave you with as I hope you follow this article: “Compliance does not equal engagement.” Thank you, PJ, for your insight! I can still remember you from years ago in IPA; keep leading with a bright light!


Published by Brenda Yoho

Christian,Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aspiring Author, Motivator, Survivor, Leader, Coach, Mentor and a service agent living a life of purpose. Started my career in education as a teaching assistant, moved into the teaching role, followed by administration serving as Assistant Principal, Principal and Director of Educational Support Programs. Over my more than two decades of educational experience I have served as the Illinois Principals Association Illini Region Director and most recently as a mentor/coach for principals. In addition, I have presented at their conferences over the years. In my final years in administration I served also as the Illinois Association of Title Directors Vice President and Treasurer. I am a survivor of an indirect hit of lightning and an almost fatal accident with a semi truck that hit the car I was traveling in with my family. My daughter, granddaughter and close friend survived as well! My injuries were the most significant leaving lifelong damages.

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