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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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To solve some of our biggest challenges, young people must be inspired to connect and work with people regardless of backgrounds, argues David Simas, the CEO of the Obama Foundation.
January 10, 2018 – Education Week
GreatSchools.org, whose reviews are seen by more than 50 million people, is expanding its ratings indicators to provide a more nuanced statistical portrait of schools.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
How can educators infuse passion and creativity into an increasingly data-driven education system? One long-time teacher has some guidance.
August 4, 2017 – Education Week
There's a reason school voucher programs get less effective as they're scaled up, write two researchers.
June 16, 2017 – Education Week
Abstinence-only "garbage" fails to prepare kids for positive sexual encounters and relationships, says Peggy Orenstein in a Commentary Q&A.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
The sweeping order to halt residents from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States and an uncertain fate for undocumented DREAMers are stoking fears for immigrant students.
February 8, 2017 | Updated: February 20, 2019 – Education Week
Educators find themselves behind the eight ball, expected to help students negotiate everything from internet hoaxes to partisan policy advocacy disguised as unbiased news.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
The first national study of principals' time use finds that school leaders clock long hours—and many of them are spent on paperwork.
November 2, 2016 – Education Week
Adolescent-brain-science findings suggest four things that middle and high school teachers should stop doing, writes psychologist Thomas Armstrong.
October 12, 2016 – Education Week
A study of New York city schools finds that students are more likely to see bullying in 6-8 or 5-8 schools than in 6-12 or K-12 schools.
October 5, 2016 – Education Week

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