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Students who own their learning are more motivated to learn, and those students who are more motivated to learn actually learn more. Students can be taught to own their learning.- Robert Crowe
Robert Crowe is one of the co-founders of Elevated Achievement Group, a professional development company dedicated to helping educators develop student ownership at all grade levels and at all types of schools. The focus on student ownership is reflective of his years of experiences in the professional development world.
Crowe began his tenure in education as a bilingual teacher in Southern California in the early 90s, when he worked with English learners at all proficiency levels. He then began working directly with teachers and was an instructional coach for a national professional development company. He has worked extensively across the United States supporting district administrators, school administrators, teachers, students, and parents at the elementary, middle, and high school levels to implement standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment. It was during these eighteen years as an instructional coach that he saw the value in motivating students to own their learning.
He put some of this thinking into practice when he was the lead author on an intensive reading/writing program that supported older student two or more years below grade level. For the past few years he has helped develop accountability measures that support implementation of systemic change in those schools and districts that truly want to become student centeredby focusing on those practices that lead to student ownership.