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In this series of brain scans taken from age 5 through age 20, blue areas indicate more mature and efficient networks within the brain. In mid-to-late adolescence, the brain rapidly matures, beginning with spacial perception (center line visible from the top). The front areas associated with critical thinking and planning continue to develop through the teenage years to the early 20s, and the temporal lobe, located in the bottom curve and associated with learning and memory, is among the last areas to fully mature.
—Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

The Teen Brain: How Schools Can Help Students Manage Emotions and Make Better Decisions

Cognitive and neuroscience research points ways schools can help leverage teenagers’ strengths in this unique developmental period when they’re learning to regulate emotions and make good decisions. (October 9, 2018)

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Rising suicide rates and depression in U.S. teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it?
January 3, 2019 – AP
In two AP Government classes in Winchester, Va., students are more interested in results from local races than in Donald Trump, but they’re pumped to be part of the electoral process.
November 14, 2018 – Education Week
A majority of potential first-time voters plan to cast a ballot this election season, according to a new Education Week Research Center survey. And President Trump and the Parkland, Fla., school shootings are spurring some of their political engagement.
October 31, 2018 – Education Week
Researchers examined nearly 22,000 pieces of class work in hundreds of schools. More than 70 percent of those assignments were below grade level, according to a new report from a teacher-training group.
October 3, 2018 – Education Week
A spate of viral videos is sparking questions about whether school dress code policies unfairly single out girls.
September 5, 2018 – Education Week
Novels pitched to young adults explore the many sensitive and often-disturbing emotional issues raised by the tragedies in American schools.
August 29, 2018 – Education Week
Media observers brace for a fresh wave of movies, television shows, novels, and other works that plumb the topic of school violence for pathos, horror, and even dark comedy.
August 29, 2018 – Education Week
A Native American dream catcher created for the survivors of the Columbine High School mass shooting became a healing symbol for many other school shooting survivors in the 20 years since.
July 19, 2018 – Education Week
At a time of sharp political divisions, civics teaches students how to engage in civil discourse, according to school leaders interviewed for the Education Week Research Center poll. More than half said their students don’t get enough of it.
June 28, 2018 – Education Week
A Seattle partnership between researchers and practitioners is using a continuous improvement approach to improve outcomes for students making the rocky transition from 8th to 9th grades.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week

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