CHAPTER 5. Ownership: Empowering Digital Students

Flipped Book Study: Watch before reading to enhance your learning.

Audio Outtakes: Supercharge your book study with these shareable chapter-by-chapter audio clips with colorful commentary. Connect with Brad to schedule him to join your book study or university class "live" on Skype, GHO, or Voxer.

Water Cooler Questions:


  1. What are some of the best things that could result from giving students more ownership of their learning?

  2. How integral is student voice to the daily rhythms of our school?

  3. How can we provide child-centered leadership that changes the hierarchy of learning in schools?

Additional Listening/Viewing:


  • Power to the Pupil: This TEDx Talk takes us on Jen's journey to empower her students. Creativity and innovation are not a luxury reserved for select zip codes and schools!

Additional Blog Posts:



It's all about perspective! Learn a powerful strategy to help understand students better.



I dare you to read this blog post and not change your thinking about classroom behavior charts. 

Additional Books:


  • Worlds of Making (2015) by Laura Fleming


  • Uncommon Learning (2015) by Eric Sheninger


  • Learning by Choice (2015) by A.J. Juliani

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Dr. Brad Gustafson is an elementary principal, author, and speaker. He believes schools can be spaces where creativity and innovation thrive, but only when we prioritize relationships and a relevant, connected pedagogy. 


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This TED-inspired talk introduces a real-life renegade, and unpacks the basic tenants of a digital-age pedagogy.



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Double-Down Challenge:


Personalize your learning by selecting from mini-challenges at the conclusion of each chapter. Most chapters offer at least two different options to personalize your learning. Choose the mini-challenge that you would like to 'double-down' on, and then click HERE to track your progress on the Worlds of Learning digital badging platform.

  • Challenge 5.1: Student-Centered Conversations

Jennie Magiera works with hundreds of educators who possess different skills and readiness levels. She differentiates the conversations based upon each person's needs. Ask five different teachers about school-wide student ownership. Try to identify new ways to create a more child-centric school.

  • Challenge 5.2: A Risk You Won't Regret

Patsy Sherman encouraged others to look at the world through inventor's eyes. Take a look at your leadership through the eyes of student agency. What do you need to give kids more control over? Start by asking students, and then take a risk by listening to them!