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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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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
Could a focus on altruism in schools curb teen suicide? Educators Arina Bokas and Robert Ward make the case.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
Nearsightedness is on the rise among schoolchildren, but many students have not had the vision screening needed to detect the problem.
May 30, 2018 – Education Week
Digital self-harm is a newer form of teenage expression of self-hatred and depression that is just beginning to capture the attention of school officials.
May 30, 2018 – Education Week
Developed by business groups and educators, the competition helps prepare students for a reborn, higher-skilled field.
May 23, 2018 – Education Week
Creativity is too often the domain of the elite. Schools can help, write composer Anthony Brandt and neuroscientist David Eagleman.
April 11, 2018 – Education Week
Fifty years after the death of Martin Luther King Jr., experts say the complicated legacy of the civil rights leader is often reduced in school curricula to just one speech, if not four words: “I have a dream.”
April 11, 2018 – Education Week
The thousands who left their schools nationwide to mark the Feb. 14 shootings in Parkland, Fla., rode a dramatic wave of youth activism tinged with sadness about those killed in their schools and communities.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week

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