1. Ron Berger from EL Education demonstrates the transformational power of models, critique, and descriptive feedback to improve student work. Here he tells the story of Austin's Butterfly. First-grade students at ANSER Charter School in Boise, ID, helped Austin take a scientific illustration of a butterfly through multiple drafts toward a high-quality final product.

    This video accompanies the book Leaders of Their Own Learning: Transforming Schools through Student-Engaged Assessment.

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  2. Kindergartner, Trinity, shares her academic progress, supported by evidence from her portfolio, with her parents and teacher, Jennifer Rocker, at Delaware Ridge Elementary School in Kansas City, KS.

    This video accompanies the book Leaders of Their Own Learning: Transforming Schools through Student-Engaged Assessment.

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  3. Ron Berger presenting at Yo-Yo Ma's Passion-Driven Learning Conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In a video cut by Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, a cello performance by Yo-Yo Ma at the conference is interwoven with Ron's presentation of beautiful student work, highlighting passion in both places.

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  4. This video from second graders at Conservatory Lab Charter, an Expeditionary Learning school in Boston, MA, demonstrates how EL can inspire students to master the Common Core State Standards through rigorous and relevant work.

    These students built deep scientific knowledge of snakes (they became "herpetologists," they will tell you) by reading, writing, listening, speaking, and observing. Their work exemplifies the shifts required by the Common Core: they demonstrated reading for evidence and writing with evidence by reading challenging, non-fiction text and producing a high-quality informational book. They conducted field research at Harvard University and a nature sanctuary; they interviewed a herpetologist; and they created beautiful, accurate scientific illustrations for their book, revising their work through multiple drafts with peer critique. Finally, the second graders at Conservatory Lab Charter School wrote this song and produced the music video to persuade others not to fear snakes -- after all, snakes are "born that way." Their learning is public, meaningful, and joyous.

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  5. Kindergarten students in Lori Laliberte's class at the Odyssey School in Denver, CO, engage in “unpacking” learning targets that will guide their work writing thank you letters. Learning targets articulate a clear vision of the intended learning as a first step toward achieving success.

    This video accompanies the book Leaders of Their Own Learning: Transforming Schools through Student-Engaged Assessment.

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