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Why Friendship is Hard for Many Teens Right Now (opens in a new window)

Los Angeles Times

October 26, 2021

High school counselor Dylan Ohara has watched a troubling pattern emerge as students settle into the school year. After spending most of their time at home for a year and a half, many kids simply don’t know how to act around their peers. “The social drama is just so incredibly amplified beyond anything I’ve ever seen.”

New Study Shows Reading Remediation in Middle School Led More Students to Attend College and Earn Degrees (opens in a new window)

The 74

October 21, 2021

Research examining the effects of a 2004 Florida law requiring middle school students scoring below proficiency levels on a state exam in either math or English to complete two courses the next year — one grade-level class and one remedial class — in the same subject, suggests adolescents who take remedial classes are better prepared for academic success in high school and college. 

Truly Terrifying Books for Fearless Middle Grade Readers (opens in a new window)

Book Riot

October 12, 2021

Think middle grade readers aren’t brave enough handle creepy stories? Clearly you haven’t been around enough middle graders lately. Kids love to get scared. Here are nine truly terrifying books for fearless middle grade readers. And yes, adults are going to love (and be afraid of) these books too!

Our 3rd Annual STEM Writing Contest (opens in a new window)

NY Times

October 05, 2021

The NY Times invites students (age 11-19) to choose an issue or question in science, technology, engineering, math or health, then write an engaging 500-word explanation. Contest Dates: Feb. 2 to March 9, 2022.

Q & A with Monica Zepeda (opens in a new window)

Publishers Weekly

September 28, 2021

Monica Zepeda is a triple threat of the literary variety. She is a teen librarian at the Beverly Hills Public Library in Los Angeles County, a debut young adult author, and an award-winning screenwriter. Her first YA novel, Boys of the Beast, won the Lee & Low 2019 New Visions Award for new authors of color, and will be published in February 2022. Zepeda spoke with PW about her role as teen librarian, and the journey she took while crafting Boys of the Beast.

A Winning Time (opens in a new window)

Hastings Tribune

September 20, 2021

Hastings Middle School students are seeing a lot of success with a recently implemented program that uses goal setting to close the gap on academic shortfalls.