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“I believe that education, therefore, is a process of living, and not a preparation for future living.” - John Dewey

Life is to be lived, including from age five to age twenty-two. There is nothing inherent to the nature of school that says it has to be stressful, anxiety-inducing, demoralizing, and dehumanizing for both students and teachers, and yet this is the reality too many experience.

Our name, “Engaged Education” is meant to embodied two core principles:

  1. We believe that the first requirement for learning is engagement. Engagement can come in a lot of different forms, but if it is not present, learning likely isn’t happening.

  2. What happens in education spaces requires engagement across all the various stakeholders that intersect with those spaces: students, teachers parents, administrators, the public, the government, and on and on and on.

We firmly believe that the interests of all these groups are more aligned than they are at odds. Through engagement we can navigate the challenges facing our systems of education.

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Who we are

The primary author of this newsletter is John Warner, author of Why They Can’t Write: Killing the Five-Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities, The Writer’s Practice: Building Confidence in Your Nonfiction Writing, and the forthcoming, More Than Words: How to Think About Writing in the Age of AI.

With 20 years of experience teaching college writing, through his work writing for Inside Higher Ed, and as a frequent public speaker on education issues, John has been a voice for putting student agency and engagement front and center when it comes to learning.

The newsletter is free to readers thanks to the sponsorship of Frankenstories (Writelike), a writing game for students of all ages that puts engagement first and helps students have fun while putting words on the page.

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Author WHY THEY CAN'T WRITE and its companion, THE WRITER'S PRACTICE, both on sale everywhere. Regular contributor @insidehighered, @ChiTribBooks.