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Motivating and Engaging Students

Course Description

Meaningful learning achievement requires a high level of student engagement. This course teaches educators how to foster and encourage engagement through a variety of techniques and strategies including crafting the classroom environment, structuring lesson plans and using innovative teaching techniques. The course features interviews with teachers and students, classroom footage, workshop activities, lectures and an accompanying eBook.


Required eBook

The Highly Engaged Classroom (Marzano and Pickering, Marzano Research Lab, 2011)

Course Presenter

Dr. Robert J. Marzano

Dr. Robert J. Marzano is the cofounder and CEO of Marzano Research Laboratory in Denver, Colorado. Throughout his forty years in the field of education, he has become a speaker, trainer, and author of more than thirty books and 150 articles on topics such as instruction, assessment, writing, and implementing standards, cognition, effective leadership, and school intervention. His books include:


Dr. Debra Pickering

Dr. Debra Pickering consults with schools and districts nationally and internationally as a senior scholar for Marzano Research Laboratory. Throughout her educational career, Dr. Pickering has gained practical experience as a classroom teacher, building leader, and district administrator. For many years, she has used this experience to provide training and support to K-12 teachers and administrators as they seek to continually improve student learning. In addition to her work with schools, Dr. Pickering has coauthored (with Dr. Robert Marzano) educational books and manuals, including:

With a combination of theoretical grounding and over three decades of practical experience, Dr. Pickering has worked with educators to translate theory into practice. Her work continues to focus on the study of learning and the development of resources for curriculum, instruction, and assessment to help all educators meet the needs of all students. Dr. Pickering has a master’s degree in school administration and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis in cognitive psychology.

Partner Profile

Marzano Research

Located in Centennial, Colorado, Marzano Research is a research and professional development organization that translates research into strategies educators can use to significantly advance student achievement. The company’s solutions are based on Dr. Robert J. Marzano’s 50 years of education research, combined with action research conducted in schools. Our services and products include customizable on-site professional development, educator events, books, videos, and online courses, with a strong emphasis on curriculum development, instruction, assessment, teacher support and development, student engagement, and personalized competency-based education.

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