The Architecture of Ownership

This month my new article, Giving Students Ownership of Learning: The Architecture of Ownership, is appearing in the current online edition of Educational Leadership magazine.

“There are many reasons schools must live up to the challenge that students present, not the least of which being that students are more than the future: They are the present, urgently pressing teachers, administrators, and school leaders to respond to the challenges in our schools right now. Let’s make meaningful student involvement a reality for every student in every school today.”

You can find the article online, and if you’re interested I can email you a copy. This magazine is one of the most popular publications for K-12 educators in the U.S. As my friend and ally Sylvia Martinez wrote about it, “Published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), every issue focuses on a single broad topic. The November 2008 issue is “Giving Students Ownership of Learning” and features some terrific articles about aspects of student-centered education from active learning, formative assessment, student voice, developing student expertise, the power of audience, and more.” I would suggest you get a hold of a copy of this month’s edition and read Sylvia and Dennis Harper‘s articles, along with that of my academic hero Dana Mitra, as well.

Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to Learn more at!

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For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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