Student Engagement

This module focuses on promoting and improving student engagement in school. It provides an overview of what student engagement is, why it is important, what factors contribute to student engagement, and recommended strategies and interventions for increasing student engagement.

In order to receive clock-hour credit for viewing this information, sign up for the course through PDMS. Search for “PBS School-Wide Student Engagement Module” (Course # 27185). This module, along with the Student-Student Relationships, Teacher-Student Relationships, and Bullying Victimization modules, is available on the School Climate Professional Development group in Schoology. The access code is 2P5NM-F56JT.


*Please note that a narrated version of the presentation below is available on Schoology.

Improving Student Engagement Module Presentation

Student Engagement Module Slide Narratives

Student Engagement Module – Handout Version

Student Engagement Module – Research Narrative (This narrative contains the information that is presented in the presentation, but in greater detail and with greater emphasis on the research behind promoting and improving student engagement in school. Numerous references to relevant research studies as well as resources are included.)


Included below are resources that are referenced throughout the Student Engagement Module. There are sample forms and worksheets, informational sheets and guides, useful tools, etc. Click on the links below to open the resources.

Behavior Contract Description and Sample

Check and Connect Monitoring Form (High School)

Daily Report Card Example – Elementary

Daily Report Card Examples – Elementary and Secondary

Effective Ways to Acknowledge and Praise Students

Effective Praise – Activity Worksheet

Effective Praise – Activity Worksheet Answer Key

Engagement Checklist for the Strategic Use of Praise and Rewards

How to Conduct a Focus Group

Items Assessing Engagement on the DSS

Information about Lever et al. (2004) FUTURES Program

Sample Behavior Contract

Sample Survey to Gauge Students’ Interests

SCS Interpretation Worksheet 2022 – HOME

SCS Interpretation Worksheet 2022 – STAFF

SCS Interpretation Worksheet 2022 – STUDENT

SEL Programs – Excel Sheet

Self-Evaluation of Goals Sheet