Engaged1 Engagement2

I was struck by these headlines from two very different contexts: the world of work and the realm of school. What is curious is that this word – engagement – is also a key term in neuroscience. For the brain to do its job properly (efficiently and at a high quality) engagement is required. How people become engaged in a task is murky. It is difficult to answer the question, What is the best way to engage each person’s brain??

“For some of us, the key to a more fulfilling work life is finding a job that matches our strengths or a career that makes it easy for us to do what we do best.  By spending more of our time doing what we’re good at, we’re going to be happier and feel more balanced.”

Cindy Krischer Goodman, Miami Herald.


“Academic success and engagement are not mutually exclusive,” argued DC Public Schools chancellor Kaya Henderson. … It is becoming clearer that engagement is the lens through which students see school, and is therefore their window toward hope for their futures. “…students who strongly agreed that their school is committed to building students’ strengths and that they have a teacher who makes them excited about the future are almost 30 times as likely to be engaged learners as their peers who strongly disagreed with both statements.”

Education UPDATE from ASCD. August, 2016