Engage! Texas

Professional Learning Services

Every service and training Engage! offers is intentionally designed to be immersive and meaningful with productive collaborations--so don’t expect any sit-and-get lectures or 3 ring binders! See for yourself!

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Collaborative Cohort

The Collaborative Cohort provides the training and coaching needed successfully implement the Engage! Learning Model on an elementary, middle-level, or high school campus or in a district under 1000 students.

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Coaches Academy

The Coaches Academy is for districts who want to learn to train and coach and are intending to build internal capacity to implement and sustain the Engage! Learning Model across several campuses or a whole district.

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Network Services

Network Services are provided exclusively to past and present Collaborative Cohort and Coaches Academy members including: Leadership Seminars, eNet Conference, on-site staff development, and customized coaching.

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Design Transformation

This Engage-facilitated package provides a concise process for engaging your community and staff in decision-making and action planning aligned to House Bill 5 and New Vision for Public Education in Texas.

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Raines HS | Katy ISD

Becky Bracewell-Tucker, Principal at Raines High School in Katy ISD, talks about her experience with the ELM.

5th Grade Takes Flight

This video highlights an integrated Engaged Learning Unit (ELU) at Sunnyvale MS on the history of hot air balloons.

Engage! Learning & Alvin ISD

Faculty & staff from Alvin ISD share their experiences with Engage! Learning Model and the impact it has had on students.

Engaging Education

This video provides a brief look back at the history of education in America in order to begin the dialogue about Education 3.0.

Engage! Learning Inc.

Engage! Learning exists to provide K-12 educators with training, coaching, and resources to successfully create and sustain effective learning systems. That is why we . . .

  1. design engaging, relevant learning systems collaboratively with our clients.
  2. facilitate immersive, meaningful training sessions where educators engage in productive collaborations.
  3. coach educators to be facilitators, designers and leaders of engaging, relevant learning experiences.
  4. lead our clients and their communities in designing and sustaining future-ready learning organizations.
  5. transform classrooms, campuses, and districts into future-ready learning environments.

At Engage!, we train, coach, facilitate, and provide unique online resource kits to all leaders who have the desire to engage students and educators in authentic learning experiences and/or their communities in transformation. We have designed intentional, concise, and powerful processes to facilitate engagement, whether they be between students, teachers, campus/district administrators and staff, or community/business stakeholders. Every service and training Engage! offers is founded on the belief that--no matter our age--true learning is self-directed, relevant, and internally motivated. As such, Engage! is committed to providing our clients the same authentic, relevant learning experiences that we are teaching them to provide their students.

Engage! Learning and Career Education

The Engage Learning Model (ELM) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) are a perfect match because the focus for both are career readiness. ELM facilitates career readiness in 5 ways:

  1. engagement with career professionals
  2. awareness of career options
  3. exploration of the problems in career fields
  4. application of the skills of career fields
  5. acquisition of the soft skills desired by employers

The Engage Learning Model, follows a five step process to provide solutions to real problems in real time in the local and global communications. During the launch of the process the teacher typically collaborates with a business or community member who invites the students to help solve a problem. During the research portion of the process, teachers provide resources to students, including themselves as a primary resource as well as experts from the field in face-to-face or virtual interactions. Finally, the students present their solutions back to the real audience for feedback. There are many obvious benefits to engaging with business and community members while learning, including what a senior student expressed recently while accepting a Citgo Leadership Award, "I was planning to drop out of school before my school implemented ELM. Once I started with this type of learning, however, school became real to me. I discovered I could contribute to the community around me and that I had leadership abilities. I have a bright future now because, through this type of learning I have met so many role models. I have a network of professionals and I am only 18."

In numerous student panels conducted over the years of 2004-2014, the most prevalent issue that we have heard from students is that they do not know what the options are for their future. They feel like school does not prepare them for the real world, and we know this finding is echoed in the literature on this topic. With the Engage Learning Model, there is a vertical alignment of scaffolded career readiness embedded in the curriculum, regardless of the specific courses a student is taking. In other words, because the learning and content in every course and grade becomes relevant in the Engage Learning Model, students learn about options for careers throughout their educational experience. Teachers at each level design learning experiences where students are solving problems in their local and/or global community and are collaborating with experts in the field and providing their solutions back to those professionals. In a given school year, a student in the Engage! Learning Model will be engaged in meaningful work related to between 5-12 careers. From K- 12th grade, at a minimum, students will become aware of hundreds of jobs and can easily be exposed to careers in each of the 16 career cluster if the districts is intentional in concept mapping. This concept is especially critical in light due to recent legislation that provides multiple pathways to graduation and endorsements in different career fields. Students will be much better at making discriminating decisions if they have had exposure to career concepts from a young age.

However, as beneficial as it is for students to become aware of options for careers outside of what their parents do, the ELM model goes beyond awareness; learners in model go further by exploring and attempting to solve the problems in the career field. To that end, they research and apply knowledge and skills that those like the professionals in the field and even work in collaboration with the professionals and present their solutions to them for feedback. In a K-12 implementation, career readiness based on the depth of the challenges and project requirements might look like this:

  • K-12th
    • acquisition of the soft skills/employability skills
    • engagement with professionals
  • K-5th
    • awareness of the options
  • 6-8th
    • exploration of the problems of career fields
  • 9-12th
    • application of the hard skills of career fields

Engage facilitates the educators in a system in creating concept maps that build vertically and facilitate intentional design across the standards and career clusters based on local and global employment demands. Therefore, these intentionally designed learning experience can create a continuum of career readiness within a course, a pathway, or the whole system.

Acquisition of the Employment Skills
In the 2006 report "Are They Ready to Work" employers rated oral communication, professional ethics, teamwork/collaboration, written communication, and critical thinking/problem-solving as the most important skills for employees yet the report notes that less than 25% of youth are rated as possessing these desirable skills. More recently, Forbes published an article in 2013 titled: "The Top Ten Skills Employers Most Want in 20-something Employees" and that list is as follows:

  1. Ability to work in a team
  2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  3. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
  4. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
  5. Ability to obtain and process information
  6. Ability to analyze quantitative data
  7. Technical knowledge related to the job
  8. Proficiency with computer software programs
  9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports
  10. Ability to sell and influence others

The Engage Learning Model facilitates acquisition of these soft skills/employability skills through the clear protocols that students follow in the five steps of the model. In step one, learners utilize a teaming protocol, and a conflict resolution protocol is used when needed. Step 2 involves a planning protocol that requires collaboration and critical thinking. Learners are implementing a research/work protocol in step 3 of the model that necessitates professional ethics, and written communication. Learners apply the knowledge from research/work in a create and critique protocol during step 4 of the process that develops and hones their critical and creative thinking skills. Finally, in step 5 of the model, learners practice and perfect their oral communication skills as they implement the Share protocol. Soft skills rubrics are used to self-assess, peer-assess and for teachers to assess and provide valuable feedback to learners as they grow in the soft skills.

The Engage! Team is comprised of innovative and creative thinkers. See for yourself...

Shannon Buerk

Shannon Buerk

Engage! Lead.

Clark Buerk

Clark Buerk

Engage! Operations.

Jill Allshouse

Jill Allshouse

ELM Coach.
Jill Galloway

Jill Galloway

ELM Coach.
Jill Haltom

Jill Haltom

ELM Coach.
Karleen Noake

Karleen Noake

ELM Coach.
Laura Dobbins

Laura Dobbins

ELM Coach.
Lauren Hurt-Ashwim

Lauren Hurt-Ashwin

ELM Coach.
Mikia Barnes

Melody Paschall

ETM/ELM Coach.
Mikia Barnes

Mikia Barnes

ELM Coach.
Nena Mankin

Nena Mankin

ETM Coach.
Raquel Perez

Raquel Perez

ELM Coach.
Ryan Pflughaupt

Ryan Pflughaupt

Sheila Frazier

Sheila Frazier

Sheila Frazier

Shonda Castillo

Sean Haley

Sean A. Haley, Ph.D.

ETM/ELM Coach.

The Engage! Transformation Model

With the Engage! Transformation Mode (ETM), district leaders are able to engage local stakeholders, businesses, and higher education professionals to design, create, and implement strategic decisions about their local education systems. Our Designing Transformation packages have been designed to provide district leaders all of the tools and resources necessary to successfully support the entire transformation process.

ETM engages your students, community, business sector, parents and district in a concise, 5-step, intentional process resulting in a shared framework for action for transforming your district and implementing House Bill 5 in a way that is aligned to the TASA School Transformation Network Vision and rolls seamlessly into your district improvement plan. Designing Transformation includes the tools for engaging stakeholders in a dialogue about the future of schools, collaborating with a specific team to design a framework for decision-making, creating action plans aligned to state and district objectives, and leading the organization through a manageable and sustainable change process.

ETM results in shared beliefs, a call to action, a profile of the learner, local community accountability measures, and clear goals and objectives for systems. We will facilitate the 5-step process for you or train and coach district leadership to facilitate the process, or a combination of both depending on your goals and capacity. We will train and coach your team to both create and sustain the transformation and provide just-in-time online resources in eStudio for every step of the way.

Engage! Transformation Model

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ETM Services: Designing Transformation, Network Services

The Engage! Learning Model

With the Engage! Learning Model (ELM), classrooms are transformed into dynamic learning environments that facilitate relevant experience for students that foster mastery of state standards. Engage! trains and equips teachers and administrators with the knowledge and resources needed to design, facilitate and lead these experiences so that students can acquire the hard and soft skills to be future ready.

ELM integrates a standards-based design process with seamless technology applications and design thinking to create engaging learning experiences for students. In our model, teachers become designers of authentic standards-based challenges grounded in the local community and they facilitate learners through our five consistent protocols to resourcefully and responsibly meet the challenge while mastering the standards. In the model, students gain content knowledge as well as the hard and soft skills to become college and career ready and thrive as a contributing citizen and community member.

Engage! offers training and coaching packages for both campuses and districts who are interested in implementing the Engage! Learning Model. We train teachers to lead their classrooms by creating a collaborative, autonomous, sustainable learning environment. We coach teachers as they grow as leaders, designers, and facilitators. We train and coach administrators as they develop learning organizations. We also provide ongoing support with virtual coaching and eStudio, a design platform and complete resource library for all of our clients that has a searchable database of units aligned to the standards for each grade level and course, student templates for each level, teaching videos for every aspect of the process, and a guided, interactive design process to implement and sustain the model successfully while collaborating with other educators across the state. We are thrilled to be serving over 100,000 students in visionary districts all across this state and seeing the results of increased student engagement, attendance, and achievement as a result.

ELM Services: Collaborative Cohort, Coaches Academy, Network Services

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eStudio. Guided Tour.

This video provides a great "sneak peak" at the various pages and sections of eStudio. Want see more, perhaps a personally guided virtual tour? We can do that...

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Where Engage! clients go to be transformed
into designers, facilitators, coaches, and leaders

In order to provide ongoing support for implementation of both ELM and ETM, we have created a proprietary electronic design suite called eStudio. eStudio exists as hub for all of the tools and resources our clients need to successfully implement and sustain ELM and ETM. We have created over 150 resource and template documents, as well as teaching videos, and a plethora of implementation tips and tricks. We have designed eStudio for just-in-time learning and ongoing sustainability.

In eStudio’s innovative design center, users are able to search and browse through our growing library of over 2,500+ units, including over 120+ exemplar units all searchable by the TEKS standards. With each unit in eStudio, users are provided options to clone or export the unit for use in their own classroom or district. eStudio users are also able create new unit independently and/or collaboratively with other designers from around the state. As users create projects, they can follow a self-guided design process and can access help tips and examples for each aspect of the process, as well as request and receive feedback or critique from an Engage coach or a campus/district administrator using eStudio’s virtual coaching functions.