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What Teens Need from Schools
The teenage years are unique, and today’s teens face new challenges as well as opportunities. The May 2019 issue of Educational Leadership looks at what teens need most in terms of both academic and social supports, highlighting how schools can work smarter to keep middle and high school students healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
12 The Teens Are Not Alright
Excessive workloads, crammed schedules, and “perfectionism” are causing teens undue stress.
18 Giving Teens a Place at the Table
Involving teens in data-driven student-wellness improvement shows promise for one district.
24 Honoring the Teen Brain: A Conversation with Thomas Armstrong
Schools need to create environments that speak to—rather than resist or suppress—teenagers’ neurological development.
28 Controlled Burn: A Story of Growth
We need to help students who aren’t motivated by traditional academic work find their strengths and their own paths.
34 When Rules Get in the Way
Too many restrictions can hamper teens’ individuality and resolve, as well as destroy relationships among school staff.
40 Seeing—and Supporting—Immigrant Teens
Anny Fritzen Case
By better understanding the complex challenges teen immigrants face, educators can help them thrive.
46 Teen Voices: What We Really Need from Schools
Muna Farah, Jacob Lewis, Maisie Jung, Joshua Lombardi, Ethan Hemmings, Sam Moehlig, Athanacia Varelas, and Mac Baker
Teens from across the country weigh in on their school experiences and biggest challenges.
52 What Do Black Adolescents Need from Schools?
Horace R. Hall
Understanding the barriers that students of color face is key to building on their academic success.
58 Supporting Students’ Intersecting Identities
By recognizing layers of privilege and oppression, schools can become more affirming.
64 Going Deeper
Michael Fullan, Mag Gardner, and Max Drummy
What today’s teens need most from schools is learning that fosters engagement and connection. That may mean changing everything.
70 Learning to Learn: Tips for Teens and Their Teachers
Many teens today don’t have effective learning skills—and they need them more than ever.
74 Meeting Struggling Teens Where They Are
Dena C. DeJulius and Lisa H. McLean
Teens grappling with mental health or behavioral issues need additional support every day.
7 Reader’s Guide/Can’t We Let Teens Be Teens?
80 Research Matters/Cultivating Curiosity in Teens
How can we flip the switch for disengaged teen learners?
82 Show & Tell: A Video Column/“There Was This Teacher . . .”
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Student-teacher relationships are critical—and must be cultivated.
84 Leading Together/Growing Pains
Jill Harrison Berg
Making the shift to shared leadership won’t be easy.
86 Confronting Inequity/Bringing After-School to School
H. Richard Milner IV
Schools need to create connections to teens’ lives outside of school.
88 One to Grow On/Being a Guiding Light Teens Need
Carol Ann Tomlinson
Adolescence is a sea of uncertainty, but teachers can help navigate it.
4 Readers React
87 Index to Advertisers
90 Tell Me About
What’s the one thing you wish you could tell your teenage self, if you could go back in time?
95 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL Takeaways
Unlocking Teens’ Needs in Schools
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Deepening Supports for Teens with Autism
Laura J. Hall and Samuel L. Odom
Are high schools doing enough to assist autistic teens both in school and beyond?
Engaging Teen Writers Through Authentic Tasks
Cast in the right way, writing assignments can help teens tap their creative and critical-thinking capacities.
Video: “Brain-Friendly” Teaching
Psychologist and educator Thomas Armstrong (see his interview on p. 24) offers classroom-based strategies for teaching teens in an affective, brain-friendly way.