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Inside the Adolescent Mental Health Crisis (opens in a new window)

NY Times

September 08, 2022

Young people in the United States are facing a new set of risks. Why has the situation caught so many people off guard? In decades past, the public health risks teenagers in the United States faced were different. They were externalized risks that were happening in the physical world. Now, a new set of risks has emerged.

D.C. Schools Roll Out Program to Improve Student Reading Levels (opens in a new window)

Washington Post

September 08, 2022

D.C. Public Schools kicked off a new school year last week, and with it a reading curriculum resource designed to improve literacy among the city’s youngest readers.

The program called DCPS Readers Next Door includes a collection of 120 books largely written and illustrated by educators in the District, and is an expansion of a years-long effort to align literacy instruction with what experts say are the best practices for teaching children how to read.

Industry-Recognized Credentials Are Helpful But Not Transformative For High School Students (opens in a new window)

Fordham Institute

August 29, 2022

A recent study found that high school Industry-Recognized Credentials (IRCs) are a net positive for students who earn them but are not game changers, which raises a lingering question: How else can we transform the high school experience for students so as to significantly boost their wages and career prospects once they are in the workforce? Researchers share their ideas for change. 

The Journalism Year (opens in a new window)


August 29, 2022

A required course in high school journalism would give kids the tools to tell the stories of their communities and make them active contributors to civic life, not just readers and writers.

Survey: Use of Print-Only Materials in Classrooms Likely to Dwindle (opens in a new window)

K-12 Dive

August 29, 2022

Classroom learning materials will likely be mostly digital or remain a mix of digital and print in future years, representing a significant change from before the pandemic when curriculum materials were mostly print or a mix of digital and print, according to teacher and administrator survey results from Bay View Analytics, a statistical research firm.

Students Face Anxieties During Return to In-person School (opens in a new window)

PBS News Weekend

August 24, 2022

While most schools across the country returned to in-person instruction last year, many families opted to stick with virtual learning or switched to homeschooling. And for them, the start of this new school year brings a range of new anxieties. Geoff Bennett spoke with Kimberly Back and her daughter, Delilah, about transitioning back to the classroom.

Let Us Now Praise Great Teachers (opens in a new window)

Los Angeles Times

August 24, 2022

A love letter all the teachers going back to school this month. What I want to say to you is simple enough: What you do is vital to our future well-being. If most of us will be remembered by a handful of loved ones after we’re gone, you will be remembered by thousands. And you deserve it.

Over 1,700 Colleges Won’t Require SAT, ACT for Fall 2023, Up From Same Point Last Year (opens in a new window)

K-12 Dive

August 03, 2022

Some institutions had nixed SAT and ACT requirements before the COVID-19 health crisis. But the pandemic pushed the test-optional movement into overdrive as the coronavirus’s spread shut down traditional exam sites. 

The significant number of colleges sticking with these policies, despite coronavirus-related concerns waning, suggests the assessments will have a permanently diminished role in admissions.

Paper Books Linked to Stronger Readers in an International Study (opens in a new window)


July 29, 2022

A new international report suggests that physical books may be important to raising children who become strong readers. An Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) study across approximately 30 countries found that teens who said they most often read paper books scored considerably higher on a 2018 reading test taken by 15-year-olds compared to teens who said they rarely or never read books. 

Most Millennials are Sticking Close to Home (opens in a new window)

Market Watch

July 28, 2022

Here’s a breakdown of young-adult migration by race and ethnicity from a study by Harvard and Census Bureau researchers. They found two-thirds of millennials living in the same area where they grew up and 80% having moved less than 100 miles away.

Will California’s $4.1 Billion Bet on ‘Community Schools’ Transform K-12 Education? (opens in a new window)

Los Angeles Times

July 26, 2022

A “Community School” model could take hold at many California K-12 campuses in the coming years. California is making a mega-bet with an unprecedented $4.1 billion investment over seven years, that converting hundreds of campuses in high-poverty neighborhoods into community schools offers the best chance to save children’s pandemic-damaged education and address entrenched inequities.

How To Parent Less (opens in a new window)


July 21, 2022

On this episode of How To!, we bring in Arthur Brooks, a Harvard University professor who studies the science of happiness and writes a column for the Atlantic called How to Build a Life. He also is the father to three adult children. He has some surprising tips and tough love for Karen to help her rebalance her relationship with her kids.

Improving Science Literacy Means Changing Science Education (opens in a new window)

The Conversation

July 21, 2022

A large body of research shows that traditional science education, for both science majors and non-majors, doesn’t do a good job of teaching science students how to apply their scientific knowledge and explain things that they may not have learned about directly.

A recent study developed a series of cross-disciplinary activities guided by a framework called “three-dimensional learning” to support students’ thinking in how to apply their science knowledge to real world problems.

24 Theme Activities for Middle School (opens in a new window)

Teaching Expertise

July 21, 2022

Teaching middle school students to identify the theme of a text is a difficult task. There are many other skills that need to be taught prior to gaining a real, working understanding of theme. Here are some interesting ideas on teaching theme to middle schoolers for you to try in your own classroom.

Blue Ace Athlete Reading Program Promotes Unity, Education Within Athletic Department (opens in a new window)

Newark Advocate

July 15, 2022

The Blue Ace scholar-athlete summer reading club is one example of the GHS athletic department’s determination to generate unity between its various sports teams. The reading club, which is currently in its second year, gives students an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the athletic department’s values through a pre-selected book they read during the summer. 

Developing Career Clarity In High School (opens in a new window)


July 15, 2022

The more dynamic the job market and the more expensive college gets, the more important career education becomes. However, most US students don’t get the chance to match their strengths and interests to emerging career opportunities.

MajorClarity is a career and college readiness platform for middle and high school students. It allows learners to test drive possible careers and, as students gain a sense of their interests and strengths, build a career aligned course of study.