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These Students Are On A Mission To Take Down Teen Dating Violence

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 02.27.2015 | Teen

What started out as a school project about teen dating violence quickly turned into something much larger for six Texas students. The girls, who a...

5 Ways You Are Failing Students With Learning Disabilities (And What To Do About It)

Liz Frank | Posted 02.25.2015 | Education
Liz Frank

I worked as a learning specialist at a day school for a decade, teaching students with learning disabilities how to successfully navigate the rigorous academic landscape. Be sure to take special note of the past tense in that sentence.

5 Ways Being An Adult Beats Being A Teen

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.25.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Those years between 13 and 18 certainly weren't easy, were they? It's amazing that we got through them. Some of us got through them relatively unscathed, while others are still self-conscious about the very issues that we got teased about back then

You Can Sit With Us: Teens Make Sure No One Has to Eat Alone

David Kudler | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
David Kudler

When Regina George's gang turn on her in Mean Girls and say, "You can't sit with us," it's comedy. When it happens to a real teen, it's a tragedy -- and not just for that kid.

3 Easy Steps to Shift a Student From Struggle to Success

Liz Frank | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Liz Frank

The motivation was fear induced and devoid of a plan. I wasn't learning for the sake of learning. I was learning so my mom wouldn't yell. Not exactly fostering natural curiosity.

Why You Can't Fix Your Pre-Teen's Social Angst

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 01.30.2015 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

Middle school is a treacherous time for kids, but I didn't anticipate how tough it would be for a parent. I didn't expect to relive that time again so painfully as a mother, nor did I anticipate that the parental remove can bring not only perspective, but also extra heartache.

14, Unplugged, and Innovating

Jayme Cellitioci | Posted 01.08.2015 | Impact
Jayme Cellitioci

I have a coffee shop scene burned in my mind that I cannot seem to shake: ten teen girls sitting in a circle, each one of them looking down at their smartphones. Eye contact did not appear to be on the menu that day.

Is There An Upside to Bullying or Exclusion?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I learned to be empathic and to think about the impact of my behavior on others because of some of my less-than-positive experiences. I learned to look into the eyes of others when I was speaking to them to see what kind of reaction I was causing.

From Educator to Venture-Backed Edtech Entrepreneur

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.04.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Although Eileen Murphy never planned to become an edtech entrepreneur before starting her company ThinkCERCA in 2012, she already had tremendous success building elite educational organizations.

Subbing in Middle School: The 10th Circle of Hell

Paul Janes-Brown | Posted 12.22.2014 | Hawaii
Paul Janes-Brown

At 8 A. M. I was called by the sub teacher computer and asked if I would like an assignment that was for Tuesday at 7:30 A.M. Thinking it was Monday, I gladly accepted the job despite there being no instructions from the teacher.

Eight Things I Wish I Had Known As an 11-Year-Old

Christina Grasso | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Christina Grasso

through my nonprofit and advocacy work, I find myself speaking to and mentoring young women and girls at middle schools and high schools, predominantly on body image and self-acceptance.

Middle Schoolers: Victory On and Off the Field

Jayme Cellitioci | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Jayme Cellitioci

There are many ways for our children to experience teamwork and success on and off the field and the wonderful part is that these experiences can be complimentary.

What Happens When Kids Make Mistakes Online: A Story Of Social Media Frenemies

Signe Whitson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Signe Whitson

The addition of technology to the mix, however, instantly changed that sleepover from a night young girls could remember fondly to an evening that Hailey would forever regret.

The Horror of Syntax

Sarah Sweeney | Posted 11.23.2014 | Entertainment
Sarah Sweeney

There comes a point in listening to a young man's conversation on the subway where you wonder just how many times, grammatically and with proper synta...

How Would You Parent If You Weren't Afraid?

Rachel Simmons | Posted 11.22.2014 | Parents
Rachel Simmons

Many of us repurpose memories of childhood struggle into anxiety about our kids' futures. Eyeing them in the rearview mirror, or as they drop their book bags by the door, we scan their faces for the answer to one question: "Were you happy today?"

Top 15 Things Your Middle School Kid Wishes You Knew

Rachel Vail | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Rachel Vail

I like it when you think I'm funny. Or interesting. Or awesome. I actually do care what you think about me. Please find something specific you actually like about me because sometimes I can't find anything in myself to like at all.

Rhythm and Bruise: How Cuts to Music and the Arts Hurt Kids and Communities

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Art and music convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.

Lowering Sexual Assault on College Campuses and in the Military Starts in Elementary School

Mike Domitrz | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Mike Domitrz

If we really want to reduce sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, the lessons of respect, consent and bystander intervention need to be instilled in elementary education through high school.

There Should Be A Word For What It Feels Like To Send Your Child To Middle School

Glennon Melton | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

Someone needs to create a word that describes what happens inside of a mama's heart as she's watching her child walk into a school building.

Starting a New Middle School in 8th Grade

Susan Borison | Posted 11.08.2014 | Education
Susan Borison

Goodbye to hand holding. Welcome to a brave new world. I am a new mom all over again.

The Benefits of Cliques

Andrew Smiler | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Andrew Smiler

Part of being an American teenager means some effort to answer the question "who am I?" Being a member of a particular clique provides one answer to tha

I Believe In Talking To My Kids About Sex -- But This Pushed Me Over The Edge

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 10.25.2014 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

I can't accept any longer that crude sexual language, gestures and jokes are merely a harmless manifestation of pubescent development. We can and must educate and empower girls -- and boys -- to stand up to the language and behavior they will inevitably encounter.

The Real Secret of School Success

Hilary Wilce | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

The journey through school is a long and winding road, and the only consistent thing along the way is you -- their loving, attentive, often long-suffering parent.

Mute in Middle School

Robin Hoffman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Hoffman

He must have thought I was mute. Whenever I saw his sparkling smile and slightly-bowed legs coming down the junior high halls anywhere near my locke...

Outreach Key to Increasing STEM Student Population

Lisa S. Coico | Posted 08.23.2014 | Education
Lisa S. Coico

I eagerly await the opening of the City College Center for Discovery and Innovation, a 200,000-square-foot facility on our south campus that will hous...