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Crystal Curtis and her son, Jordan Curtis, outside their home in Plano, Texas.
Crystal Curtis and her son, Jordan Curtis, stand outside their home in Plano, Texas. Curtis talks about the challenges of ensuring quality schooling and her discomfort with the state and district’s rollback of mandatory masking.
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School Climate & Safety In Their Own Words 'COVID Is Not Over Us': As Pandemic Lingers, a Texas Mother's Dismay Deepens
A mother describes her frustrations over masking policies, staffing shortages, and the quality of education her honor roll son has received.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 25, 2022
7 min read
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Teaching Opinion Advice From Middle School Students—and Teachers—to Educators
Here are some things middle school teachers can do to help their students: Let them talk, bring on laughter, and celebrate their successes.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 25, 2022
7 min read
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Teaching Opinion Advice for New Middle School Teachers From Four Veterans
Emphasizing relationships with students and teacher self-care, along with showing love are some pieces of advice from veterans.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 23, 2022
11 min read
This October 2021 photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-sized doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Puurs, Belgium. The vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5- to 11-year-olds, according to study details released Oct. 22, 2021, as the U.S. considers opening vaccinations to that age group.
Kid-sized doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. An FDA advisory committee has recommended that the vaccine be approved for emergency use in 5- to 11-year-old children.
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Student Well-Being COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5 to 11 Clears Hurdle to Emergency Approval
But some members of the FDA's vaccine advisory panel raised concerns that schools may prematurely mandate the vaccine for younger children.
Arianna Prothero, October 26, 2021
4 min read
Student Well-Being Online Summit SEL in Middle and High School: What Works, What Doesn’t
Join fellow educators and administrators in this discussion on social emotional learning and what schools and staff can do to provide it.
October 14, 2021
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Special Report Making Social-Emotional Learning Work for Teens
Chances are teenagers are not getting the social emotional learning they need, especially now. This report shows how schools can help.
October 12, 2021
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Mary Haasdyk for Education Week
Teaching Download 5 Strategies for Teaching SEL to Teenagers (Downloadable)
This downloadable has strategies for creating social-emotional learning experiences that won't cause teenagers to roll their eyes.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 12, 2021
1 min read
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Mary Haasdyk for Education Week
Student Well-Being From Our Research Center How to Teach Older Students Social-Emotional Skills? Try Civics
Collaboration, empathy, social awareness, and relationship building are some of the same skills that power democracy.
Arianna Prothero, October 12, 2021
9 min read
Illustration of students holding different masks.
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Student Well-Being From Our Research Center The Pandemic Has Shaken Students' Sense of Themselves
Adolescence is a time for students to form their identity, but quarantines and school shutdowns disrupt that process, for good or bad.
Alyson Klein, October 12, 2021
6 min read
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Mary Haasdyk for Education Week
Student Well-Being From Our Research Center Middle and High School Students Need Social-Emotional Learning, Too. Are They Getting It?
Amid the pandemic, more schools say they are paying more attention to teenagers' social and emotional needs. Teens aren't so sure.
Arianna Prothero, October 12, 2021
7 min read
Student Well-Being Video The Awkward, Exciting, and Uncertain Transitions to Middle School, High School, and College
Students in 5th, 8th, and 12th grades anticipate their transition from pandemic schooling to a new level of education in the fall.
Jaclyn Borowski , Eric Harkleroad & Brooke Saias, May 25, 2021
1 min read
Student Well-Being Video Pandemic Transitions – A Group of California 5th Graders Anticipate Middle School
Fifth graders from Montclair Elementary in Oakland, Calif., reflect on their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brooke Saias, May 25, 2021
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Reading & Literacy Opinion How a Bathroom Log Helped One Middle School Understand Its Literacy Issues
Reading isn’t just a set of skills. Sometimes we need to explore other avenues to help us assist students to become better readers.
Seth Feldman, April 11, 2021
6 min read