Key Characteristic 3:
Engagement of Learning
What it means
A good institution ensures that learners are engaged in the learning
environment. Learners who are engaged in the learning environment
participate with confidence and display agency over their own learning.
A good institution adopts policies and engages in practices that
support all learners being included in the learning process.
Keys to Engagement of Learning
Engagement is demonstrated when all learners:
• Are included in the learning process
• Participate with confidence
• Have agency over their learning
Learners experience curriculum and instruction that emphasize the value of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and
Learners have equitable opportunities to realize their learning potential.
Learners are immersed in an environment that fosters lifelong skills including creativity, curiosity, risk taking,
collaboration, and design thinking.
Learners are immersed in an environment that promotes and respects student voice and responsibility for their
Learners engage in experiences that promote and develop their self-confidence and love of learning.
Instruction is characterized by high expectations and learner-centered practices.
Instruction is monitored and adjusted to advance and deepen individual learners’ knowledge and understanding of the
Professional staff members integrate digital resources that deepen and advance learners’ engagement with instruction
and stimulate their curiosity.