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Smart Review | Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

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In Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore uses neuroscience to push back on long-held negative perceptions about teenagers to reframe adolescence as a unique and actually productive developmental period. Learn more here.

What Counts as Student Agency?

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Students who are motivated to learn are more likely to focus on understanding, are more likely to learn deeply, are more likely to go above and beyond in an assignment, and are more likely to investigate when they have a question.

Defining (and Driving) Collaboration

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By: Jordan Lippman and Janine Perri. In today's world, both employers and educational institutions place a high value on soft skills that are transferable across professional, academic, and social situations. One of the most frequently cited skills is collaboration.

A Beginning Rather Than an End: Reframing Summer as the Start of Next School Year

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By reframing the potential of summer, from “ten weeks of academic wilderness between school years” to “the start of the next learning opportunity,” summer has the possibility to serve as a smooth, engaging, and uninterrupted continuation from one school year to the next.

Letting Students Lead School Culture

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If school leaders and classroom teachers recognize the collective power of their students, then it makes sense for them to give their students the chance to identify needs, challenges, and issues within their school's culture, and develop potential means of addressing them.

Education Systems Should Be Based on How Students Develop 

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A flowering of research from neuroscience, psychology, early childhood, and a variety of other disciplines on the science of learning and development has begun to shed light on what is necessary for students to reach their full potential. How can our systems catch up to these findings?

Measuring What Matters

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We recently traveled to Boise to visit the team and students at One Stone and got a chance to sit down with the National Advisory team to unpack the ‘why,’ ‘how,’ and ‘what’ of measuring social and emotional learning and the importance of student outlets for articulating agency over growth.

How Shared Values at DSST Shape Youth Development

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Shared values are central to life and learning at DSST. “We’re a values first organization,” said CEO Bill Kurtz. The shared values are alive in the DSST culture, practiced in the advisory system, and applied in real life learning opportunities.

The Entrepreneurial Mindset

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By: Amy McGrath. More and more young people are starting to build their own businesses. Mark Greenberg is the founder and CEO of BuildEd. He uses his experience as an entrepreneur in industries ranging from consulting to real estate investment to develop entrepreneurship courses for partners like ASU Prep Digital and several K-12 programs.

Social and Emotional Learning Skills are Essential to Formative Assessment Practice

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By: Mary Ryerse and Tom Vander Ark. Just as formative assessment informs the teaching and learning of math, reading and science skills, it can also provide essential guidance for the teaching of discrete SEL skills. Learn more about the relationship, and how to make the most of it, here.

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