Engaging Minds

QSD teachers are engaged in a discussion about student engagement.It’s 4:00 p.m. on a Friday outside of the district’s central office when she sees a friend, stops her, and says, “That was the first meeting I have ever sat through in my twenty years of working in this district that I did not doodle on the piece of paper in front of me. She had us in there all day, but I could have stayed longer. She was amazing!”

She is talking about Dr. Stephanie A. Harper who was engaging our teacher assistants in the most thrilling illustration of student engagement any in the QHS Library had ever seen.

QSD teachers are engaged in a discussion about student engagement.

“Every child wants to be successful. It’s not your job to put it in the child. It’s your job to pull it out. I will show you what student engagement does to the brain.” Harper’s words are spoken as if a clock is ticking and these educators only have four more days till QSD students are returning to classrooms. This subject is timely and important, and she is not wasting a moment.

Neither is Susan Hentz of Susan Hentz & Associates.

QSD teachers are engaged in a discussion about student engagement.

“How many minutes in one hour does a teacher use trying to get student attention?” Hentz asks the packed QUE gymn. She spends the remainder of her day maintaining the attention of teachers and administrators as she encourages them to share their own effective means of student engagement.

QSD teachers are engaged in a discussion about student engagement.

She challenges them to ask a question of themselves.

“What can I do to make sure all students are successful?”

QSD teachers are engaged in a discussion about student engagement.

Engage them, she and Dr. Harper agree.

QSD teachers are engaged in a discussion about student engagement.