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Health, Wellness, Guidance
Ensuring students’ social-emotional needs are met
As we head into the seventh month of the epidemic, with return to school buildings being delayed across the United States, middle school students face ever increasing social-emotional and academic challenges. With...
It’s not about a test score, it’s about taking ownership of the learning journey
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one.
Using design thinking to prepare students to be leaders and changemakers
Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test. These are
the building blocks of the design thinking process, a
process that has been accessed time and time again by
successful start-ups and other businesses...
A structured activity that engages students in critical thinking through meaningful conversation
When considering exploring socially conscious themes
with middle school students, including such topics as
racial and social inequality, poverty, environmental
protection, and LGBTQ rights amongst many...
Four things for educators to consider in support of students
We’re five months into the pandemic and still dealing
with many unknowns. We are dealing with whether
school will be virtual, face-to-face, or a blend of both,
and we don’t yet know the long-term toll...
Real issues, realistic solutions
With so many things happening in our world and in our country, now is the time to talk about some of the transformational changes that need to occur within our schools. Each facet of society will need to make changes...
How parents and educators can help students cope with social distancing
While on a socially distanced walk with my husband today, we heard a cacophony of caw-caws. My husband turned to me to ask, “What do you call a group of crows? A gaggle? A flock?” Without hesitation, I...
Activities that bring perspective, invite empathy, and build social skills
"I can't believe what happened," Janine* said. Her daughter Greta's best friend overheard two girls calling her a stuck-up loser, so she secretly videotaped their conversation and texted Greta the evidence. Janine was...
A rigorous social and emotional learning program helps students tackle community challenges
As national conversations about immigration, cybersecurity, under-employment, artificial intelligence, and the rapid transformation of our workplace are debated, a daunting question looms: how are we going to prepare...
Practicing gratitude is one tool that can help students deal with anxiety, depression, and loneliness
iGen, a term used by generational researcher Jean M. Twenge (2017), is used to describe children born between 1995 and 2012. In her book, Twenge analyzed large data sets to understand the struggles and hopes of this...