The recognition that school is a necessary cite in the positive mental health of children has become widespread, though the importance of mental health promotion in schools is not as universally understood and appreciated. A difficult reality is that students enter school with a variety of behavioral, emotional, and learning needs, complicating the goals and expectations placed on professional educators. Nonetheless, the manner in which children engage in the relationships, environment, and societal and cognitive requirements faced in school are not always acknowledged and addressed in educational programming. This chapter discusses challenges and opportunities for educational professionals within the context of the best current information available on effective and positive engagement of students in the global school experience.
Keywords: Engagement, intrinsic motivation, motivation, reengagement, school improvement.