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Educational LeadershipMay 2019What Teens Need from Schools
DescriptionThe 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 AlrightCathy VatterottExcessive workloads, crammed schedules, and “perfectionism” are causing teens undue stress.
18 Giving Teens a Place at the TableEric HardieInvolving teens in data-driven student-wellness improvement shows promise for one district.
24 Honoring the Teen Brain: A Conversation with Thomas ArmstrongAnthony ReboraSchools need to create environments that speak to—rather than resist or suppress—teenagers’ neurological development.
28 Controlled Burn: A Story of GrowthCatherine HartWe 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 WayJeffrey BensonToo many restrictions can hamper teens’ individuality and resolve, as well as destroy relationships among school staff.
40 Seeing—and Supporting—Immigrant TeensAnny Fritzen CaseBy better understanding the complex challenges teen immigrants face, educators can help them thrive.
46 Teen Voices: What We Really Need from SchoolsMuna Farah, Jacob Lewis, Maisie Jung, Joshua Lombardi, Ethan Hemmings, Sam Moehlig, Athanacia Varelas, and Mac BakerTeens from across the country weigh in on their school experiences and biggest challenges.
52 What Do Black Adolescents Need from Schools?Horace R. HallUnderstanding the barriers that students of color face is key to building on their academic success.
58 Supporting Students’ Intersecting IdentitiesJohanna EagerBy recognizing layers of privilege and oppression, schools can become more affirming.
64 Going DeeperMichael Fullan, Mag Gardner, and Max DrummyWhat 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 TeachersUlrich BoserMany teens today don’t have effective learning skills—and they need them more than ever.
74 Meeting Struggling Teens Where They AreDena C. DeJulius and Lisa H. McLeanTeens grappling with mental health or behavioral issues need additional support every day.
7 Reader’s Guide/Can’t We Let Teens Be Teens?Naomi Thiers
80 Research Matters/Cultivating Curiosity in TeensBryan GoodwinHow can we flip the switch for disengaged teen learners?
82 Show & Tell: A Video Column/“There Was This Teacher . . .”Douglas Fisher and Nancy FreyStudent-teacher relationships are critical—and must be cultivated.
84 Leading Together/Growing PainsJill Harrison BergMaking the shift to shared leadership won’t be easy.
86 Confronting Inequity/Bringing After-School to SchoolH. Richard Milner IVSchools need to create connections to teens’ lives outside of school.
88 One to Grow On/Being a Guiding Light Teens NeedCarol Ann TomlinsonAdolescence is a sea of uncertainty, but teachers can help navigate it.
4 Readers React
87 Index to Advertisers
90 Tell Me AboutWhat’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 TakeawaysUnlocking Teens’ Needs in Schools
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Deepening Supports for Teens with AutismLaura J. Hall and Samuel L. OdomAre high schools doing enough to assist autistic teens both in school and beyond?
Engaging Teen Writers Through Authentic TasksHeather Wolpert-GawronCast 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.