Quest for Learning:

Maximizing Student Engagement with Marie Alcock

OCM BOCES School Library System is sponsoring this two-day professional learning event!

It’s crucial for 21st century teachers and students to determine together what a student will learn and at what pace. This workshop will help you dive deep into questing, a customizable pedagogy tailored to a student’s interests, needs, and abilities. Learn how to use questing to engross students in emotionally gripping learning experiences, engage them with actionable goals, and promote collaboration in online and physical spaces. During this bootcamp, led by renowned author and speaker Dr. Marie Alcock, you will learn how to:

  • Foster students’ 21st century skills by engaging critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and self-direction

  • Form learning partnerships with students that lead to co-teaching and co-learning.

  • Explore the three main design types—(1) inquiry, (2) network, and (3) game—through which students can quest.

  • Investigate the design decisions involved in identifying a quest, determining checkpoints, and helping students reflect on their quest.

  • Use formative assessment templates for engaging contemporary learners.

All participants will receive Dr. Alcock’s book: The Quest for Learning: How to Maximize Student Engagement

Quest for Learning: Maximizing Student Engagement

Monday, July 30th, 8:30am to Tuesday, July 31st, 4pm

OCM BOCES Main Campus, 110 Elwood Davis Rd. Liverpool, NY 13088

This is a two-day Institute on July 30 and July 31st. Attendance with a team is highly encouraged!

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Dr. Marie Alcock, Facilitator

As president of Learning Systems Associates (LSA), Dr. Marie Alcock serves as a national and international education consultant. Working with the American Education and Research Association and People to People, Alcock has traveled to countries to share and learn about what countries are working on in the field of education.

In her role as president of LSA, Alcock serves as a national and international education consultant. In addition, she is currently on the faculty of Walden University’s School of Education, where she serves as a lead professor in curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices. She has spent the last 23 years working in public and private education as a teacher administrator. She has taught in Vermont, North Carolina, New Jersey, and New York City schools. A public advocate, she founded the nonprofit TEN list (Tomorrow’s Education Network), which is dedicated to connecting the greater community with students in the classroom to improve student literacy.

Day 1


Quest Format Basics

  • Quest Compass

  • 3 Part Formative Assessment “I can do standards and authentic relevant joyful learning at the exact same time!”

  • 3 Selfies of a Self Navigating Learner

    • Self regulation

    • Self motivation

    • Self assessment

  • Teacher Generated to Student Generated Continuum (just start don’t wait!)


Question Design

  • Worthy and Relevant

Work Session

Feedback and Share out

Day 2


Game Design -

  • Extended cycle of expertise

  • Game design lenses

Work Session


Network Design

  • Three Tiers of Network Design

Work Session

Feedback and Share out