Today’s classrooms have students not only from a broad range of social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, but also with special needs in cognitive, emotional, and physical areas. Faced with such varied students, with diverse backgrounds or different needs, how can a teacher expect to engage each one for optimum learning? This issue welcomes articles that show how schools can use a strengths-based approach to education that takes into account the assets that each student brings to the table. What can teachers and school administrators do to recognize individual student’s strengths and build upon these to maximize learning and students’ full participation in the life of the school?
ASCD Express is looking for short, 600–1,000-word essays on the theme “Best Practices for Student Engagement.” Guidelines for submissions are here; please send us your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31, 2012.