Student Agency Research

Interested in learning more about the research basis of student agency and our work at Gateway? This annotated bibliography provides a starting point for understanding current research.


Menu of College Readiness

Menu of college readiness indicators and supports

College Readiness Indicator Systems Resource Series. Seattle, WA: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2014

John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities, Stanford University

This publication provides both an outline and recommendations for shaping college and career readiness at the classroom, school and district levels.  It is part of a larger series that supports that work.

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Belonging and Becoming: The Power of Social and Emotional Learning in High Schools

Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2015

Cervone, B. & Cushman, K.

This book focuses on how five high schools have supported Social and Emotional Learning for their students.  Because the schools vary in their size, demographics and structures, there are resources and ideas for educators in a variety of settings.

Choice Words

Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children's Learning

Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 2004

Johnston, Peter

This book examines how the language we use shapes our expectations for students and supports their student agency.  It is especially helpful for professional development and coaching teachers to shape student success in small ways.

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Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives

Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 2012

Johnston, Peter

This book is a complement to Choice Words.  It examines even more specifically how our words as educators can foster students’ mindset about learning.

Courageous Conversations About Race

Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools

Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2015

Singleton, Glenn E

This book examines strategies and topics to discuss race and equity in schools.  We have used this book to shape our professional development to support all students’ belonging and thriving in our school. The conversation protocol has been especially helpful.