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Measuring Human Return
Understand and Assess What Really Matters for Deeper Learning

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October 2018 | 248 pages | Corwin

Measure what matters for deeper learning

Getting at the heart of what matters for students is key to deeper learning that connects with their lives, but what good is knowing what matters without also understanding how to bring it to life? What does it really take to know who students are, what they are truly learning, and why? 

Measuring Human Return solves this dilemma with a comprehensive, systematic process for measuring deeper learning outcomes. Educators will learn to assess students’ self-understanding, knowledge, competencies, and connections through vignettes, case studies, learning experiences and tools. The book helps readers:

  • Develop key system capabilities to build the foundation for sustainable engagement, measurement, and change
  • Discover five comprehensive “frames” for measuring deeper learning
  • Engage in the process of collaborative inquiry 
  • Commit to the central, active role of learners by engaging them as partners in every aspect of their learning 

Discover how to take an authentic, formative, and inquiry-driven approach to measuring the outcomes that drive deeper learning.


The book really hits the mark. The best thing about it is the in-depth discussion of systems. It is with great pleasure that I read and re-read this book. It delivers a good combination of big vision with specific strategies and techniques.
Jeff Beaudry, Professor, Educational Leadership; 
University of Southern Maine; Portland, ME 


This is just what we need in our district. This engaging book will help Change Teams support their systems to effectively measure deeper learning. Readers will be drawn in by great examples from around the globe of educators putting students first. This energizing book calls us to take action for all of our students today and for our future.
Charisse Berner, Director of Teaching and Learning, Curriculum; 
Bellingham Public Schools; Bellingham, WA

 
Preface: The Depth of Humanity
 
Part I. Capable Systems of Change
 
1. FROM SURFACE TO DEEP
Deeper Learning in a Changing World  
A Comprehensive Measurement Framework  
The State of the System  
Assumption-Shatterers  
 
2. SYSTEM CAPABILITIES
Shifting Priorities  
System Capability 1: Understanding Your System  
System Capability 2: Engaging Learners, Parents, and Communities as Real Partners  
System Capability 3: Identifying and Measuring What’s Important  
System Capability 4: Leading for Deep and Sustainable Change  
System Capability 5: Creating a Culture of Learning, Belonging, and High Expectations for All  
 
3. THE CHANGE TEAM PROCESS
Collective Cognition for Collaborative Change  
An Inquiry Approach  
Final Reflections on Part I  
 
Part II. Five Frames of Measurement
 
4. ENGAGING PARTNERS AROUND WHAT MATTERS
Engage, Empower, and Transform  
Composing an Evaluative Snapshot  
Identifying and Describing What Matters  
Breaking Down Deeper Learning  
 
5. DEVELOPING MEASURES OF DEEPER LEARNING
Authentic Measures and a System of Tools  
Measuring Self-Understanding, Connection, and Competency  
Capability and Practice Tools  
Developing Measures in Individual Contexts  
 
6. FINDING CLARITY IN DEPTH
Riding the Wave  
Language Development  
Establishing System Alignment  
Final Reflections on Part II  
 
Part III. Authentic Inquiry Practice
 
7. PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND INQUIRY
Drilling Down Into Inquiry  
Making Sense of Assessment Evidence  
Engaging in Professional Inquiry  
 
8. INQUIRING INTO OUTCOMES
Assessing and Measuring Student Outcomes  
Designing Authentic Assessments  
 
9. DEEPER LEARNING EXPERIENCES
Practice Applies  
A Celebration of Learning and Practice  
No Interrupting the Flow  
 
10. COLLABORATIVE MODERATION
Measuring and Sharing Learning and Practice  
Exemplars, Evidence, and Inter-Rater Reliability  
Final Reflections on Part III  
 
Conclusion: How Deep Are You?
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors

Supplements

The book really hits the mark. The best thing about it is the in-depth discussion of systems. It is with great pleasure that I read and re-read this book. It delivers a good combination of big vision with specific strategies and techniques.

Jeff Beaudry, Professor, Educational Leadership; University of Southern Maine; Portland, ME
University of Southern Maine; Portland, ME

This is just what we need in our district. This engaging book will help change teams support their system to learn how to effectively measure deeper learning. Readers will be drawn in by great examples from around the globe of educators putting students first. It is an energizing read. This book calls us to take action for all of our students today and for our future. 

Charisse Berner, Director of Teaching and Learning, Curriculum; Bellingham Public Schools; Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Public Schools; Bellingham, WA

The vast experience and knowledge of the authors in major international educational reform efforts is a major strength of this book. As is the focus on Deep Learning as both a framework for organizational change and for the education of humanity. One of the unique themes this book offers is its emphasis on making education “human” and focusing on “return” in order to improve society.

Karen L. Tichy, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership; Saint Louis University; St. Louis, MO
Saint Louis University; St. Louis, MO

Self-understanding and self-regulation are foundational skills to support autonomous learners and are fundamental for working in socially embedded environments in the real world or online. This comprehensive book provides insights, tools, and strategies for deeper, healthier, learning systems.

Mark Sparvell, Senior Manager; Microsoft
Mark Sparvell, Senior Manager; Microsoft

This book is a guide for all teachers, principals, and stakeholders in education who are aware that learning should be deep and contribute to humanity. It nails down what learning should be about with structured examples, exercises, and tools that, when applied, will lead to deeper learning for everyone.

Baukje Bemener, Research Consultant, NPDL New Measures Leader;
Turning Learning; Amsterdam, Netherlands

Measuring Human Return is a great summary of the work that is being done in our region with schools that have embraced Deeper Learning. When school systems have the support to embrace systemic change and teachers have the support to design deeper learning experiences for their students, everyone succeeds. Our classrooms need this support so that our students gain the necessary global competencies that will prepare them for the world today and tomorrow. This is the work we all need to embrace in our schools.

Pam Estvold, Assistant Superintendent, Teaching and Learning;
Northwest Educational Service District 189; Anacortes, WA

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Joanne J. McEachen

Joanne McEachen is founder and CEO of The Learner First (thelearnerfirst.com), an international education consultancy based in Seattle, Washington. She leads a team of dedicated education and evaluation specialists who support school systems through the processes of assessment, measurement, and whole-system change. Her methodology interrogates systems through the eyes of their least-served learners, supporting them to embrace and celebrate students’ cultural identities and individual interests and needs. Joanne also serves as the Global New Measures Director for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL), an international partnership focused... More About Author

Matthew Kane

Matthew Kane is the Director of Research and Writing at The Learner First, where he focuses on the role and experiences of school systems in developing the learning outcomes that contribute to lifelong success, connect us with one another, and make a difference in our communities. He has partnered with diverse schools and school systems globally to develop deeper learning tools, language, and practices, and he works as a senior project manager with the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL) global partnership. Matthew graduated from the University of Notre Dame and lives in Seattle, Washington. More About Author

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