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Friday, July 28 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Smith - The Secret to Student Engagement

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High School students know more about themselves than we think – simple classroom tools can tap into their positive energies.

That quiet student in the back row. The aggressive class disruptor. And a bored kid who refuses to do homework. How can a teacher connect with these different students? Curriculum and content alone don’t increase engagement. Understanding the unique characteristics of each individual holds the key to engaging students and promoting a productive learning environment.

This session will highlight results from Indigo implementations at various high schools around the country. The Indigo Inventory, a non-cognitive assessment tool used in the corporate world, provides teachers access to all the metrics needed to understand each student – but not to rate or rank them. Indigo data would likely show that the quiet student is a low Influencer; the disruptor is Dominant; and the homework-challenged student has low Compliance. By simply recognizing these Behavior traits, then incorporating what “drives” kids to want to perform (Motivations), teachers can start personalizing their lessons and curriculum to serve all students. We will demonstrate how schools have transformed their cultures with the Indigo program, and give specific direction on how you can use these concepts to be the teacher whose kids love to show up energized in class.

Participants in this session are strongly encouraged to take the Indigo survey before attending (provided for free, takes about 15 minutes). A comprehensive report is automatically emailed upon completion. Link: https://www.ttisurvey.com/329246HUN

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Sheri Smith

Founder, The Indigo Project
Sheri Smith graduated from American University with a B.A. in International Studies and holds an M.A. from Georgetown University in Communication, Culture and Technology. In college, Sheri interned at the State Department for Vital Voices, an initiative started by Hillary Clinton... Read More →

Friday July 28, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza
  Main Conference Session
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience High School
  • Session Level All