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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
EL ONLINE EXCLUSIVES
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.
Educational LeadershipSeptember 2016 / Volume 74, Number 1Relationships First
What to Do in Week One? Rick Wormeli The first days of school set the learning dynamic for the year ahead.
Correcting Our Connecting Eric Toshalis Are you demanding trust too soon? How do you respond to anger? Questions to ask to make your student outreach more effective.
Unlocking Boys’ Potential Michael C. ReichertHow to help boys want to learn from you.
The Trauma-Sensitive Teacher Susan E. Craig Insights on how trauma influences the brain—and how to reach children suffering from its aftermath.
More Than a Safe Space Michael Sadowski What LGBTQ students seek is what every student deserves: safety and belonging.
Helping Black and Latino Males SucceedRobert Jackson Lessons about pride, insecurity, and the need to be respected.
Building Bridges with Students Who Have ADHDLisa Medoff Tips on how to reach kids whose behavior might puzzle you.
Let Care Shine Through Elizabeth Bondy and Elyse HambacherCaring for students is a moral imperative, a way to take steps toward social justice.
The Principal Factor Tim WesterbergFrom being visible to modeling respect, these six principles for principals are central.
Choosing to Be Positive Stephanie M. Jones, Rebecca Bailey, Gretchen Brion-Meisels, and Ann ParteeHow to handle those moments when you must decide: How should I address this behavior?
Classrooms that Put People First John HaywardIdeas to abide by as you continue to get to know your students.
What My Refugee Students Taught Me Sidney Brown Justice was the theme that year; building bridges, the challenge.
COLUMNS / DEPARTMENTS
Perspectives/How Does Trust Happen?Marge Scherer
Research Matters/“High Touch” Is Crucial for “High Tech” Students Bryan GoodwinThe cyber generation needs more than online-only connections.
Show & Tell: A Video Column/2 x 10 Conversations Doug Fisher and Nancy FreyIn two minutes a day, you can begin a problem-solving process for improving behavior.
The Techy Teacher/Don’t Waste the First WeekCatlin TuckerSome low- and medium-tech ways to break the ice.
Principal Connection/New School Year Resolutions Thomas R. HoerrIf you want to achieve your new initiatives, share your new ideas.
One to Grow On/Fox Taming and TeachingCarol Ann TomlinsonWhat the fox taught the child and vice versa.
Index to Advertisers
ASCD Community in Action
EL Takeaways/The 4th R: Relationships
Tokens of ConnectionTheresa Crowley Tools to use one-on-one with students, especially those who may lack trust.
Take a Tip from the CubsJames Fornaciari Help your kids develop a mission, work as a team, and recapture the joy of learning.
Cs for Effective TeachingChristopher EmdinHow building positive relationships and creating an academically challenging classroom go hand in hand.
One Chapter at a TimeCherish R. Skinker Her passion for To Kill a Mockingbird left a lasting impression on her students.
Tell Me About. . .How you connected with a hard-to-reach student.
EL Study GuideKim Greene
EL Interview Baruti Kafele talks about the benefits of the Young Men’s Empowerment Program and how teachers can build relationships with students whose backgrounds differ from their own.
Inservice Guest BloggersMichael Sadowski and Lisa Medoff
Classroom management remains a central challenge—and opportunity—for educators. The September 2018 Educational Leadership examines specific and big-picture approaches to improving classroom management, including how to address both positive and problem behaviors, design conducive classroom spaces, and create supportive climates for learning.
The November 2018 Educational Leadership offers an insider’s look at new trends and expectations professional development. Our expert authors examine how teachers are increasingly taking professional learning into their own hands, through collaborative inquiry, personalized learning, video study, and social media.
How does a school become a leader in innovation—one that takes advantage of advancements in digital technology in meaningful and fully integrated ways? February 2019 Educational Leadership explores how school leaders can go beyond surface-level, patchwork upgrades and implement new technology in ways that deepen learning and better support students.
School leaders set the tone and direction for what happens in the classroom. The March 2019 Educational Leadership explores strategies and processes school leaders can use to better understand students' and teachers' needs and guide teaching and learning more effectively.
Marking the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. the Board of Education ruling, Educational Leadership examines pressing issues and opportunities surrounding race in America’s schools today. The April 2019 issue offers ideas on how today’s educators can understand and address racial issues and help fulfill Brown’s promise to dismantle segregation and inequity in education.