Welcome to the Learner Engagement course. It was designed as part of the self-paced online Customized Learning Series! [Register Here if you have not done so already.] The current facilitator is Lori Goldade, . For any additional questions, please contact Graduate Credit Coordinator, Kim Coronado at

The course uses the book Eight Myths of Student Disengagement as our main text, as wells as some articles and videos. If your district is a TIE Member, the book is available at TIEReads for checkout or you may purchase your own copy, paper or ebook.

Every chapter of the book has "Stop and Reflect" and "Text-to-Practice" activities. For the assignments within this course, you may be asked to choose one reflection activity and one practice activity. The practice activities may require some class time with leaners, often asking you to try implementing specific activities with learners or to participate in observation activities. If you are not in a classroom setting, you may need to "adopt" a class to complete some of the activities.



  • Recognize that engagement is not just on-task behavior, but rather engagement on behavioral, emotional, and cognitive levels.

  • Determine how classroom practices, including types of tasks assigned, quality of facilitator-learner relations, and peer dynamics contribute to engagement.

  • Examine the role of out-of-school activities and families on engagement.

  • Study the dynamics of motivation with higher-level thinking tasks.

  • Examine the influence of interpersonal relationships, autonomy support, and academic support.

  • Study the impact of friendships and collaboration.

  • Examine how individual facilitators, whole schools, and communities can help disengaged learners succeed.

  • Recognize the importance of being proactive for increasing engagement for all learners rather than just reactive for the "already disengaged."


TIE's online professional learning course are intended for use by districts who join TIE Membership. We intentionally do not put content behind a firewall so anyone can peruse the materials. If you are using this for professional purposes, please contact TIE to join Membership.