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2007

This document describes the National Center for School Engagement's 21 ways to engage students in school. It also describes best practices for improving student attendance, achievement, and attachment.

This paper summarizes five developmental characteristics of young adolescents and their implications for practice in schooling: physical, intellectual, emotional/psychological, moral/ethical, and social developmental characteristics. Practitioners, parents, and others who work with young adolescents need to be aware of any changes—subtle or obvious—in these developmental characteristics.

This article derives several distinguishing qualities of rigor from an examination of rigor in both academic and nonschool learning and work among students in Big Picture schools. The Big Picture is a school reform design committed to providing quality education for underserved urban students. Truly rigorous learning in schools would revitalize the prevailing paradigm of teaching and learning, a paradigm largely devoid of student engagement that often leaves the practical, creative, and analytic intelligences languishing.

This checklist and step-by-step instruction helps teachers and school administrators plan rigorous and relevant classroom instruction.

This guide is divided into three sections. The first section outlines the developmental characteristics (the intellectual, social, physical, emotional and psychological, and moral characteristics) of young adolescents Turning Points schools seek to address. The second section addresses the implications these characteristics hold for teaching and learning by suggesting six areas Turning Points schools engage in to respond to the unique needs of young adolescent learners:

This protocol prompts teachers in thinking deeply about a specific lesson that they will be teaching based on a cognitively challenging mathematical task.

In this paper, the authors propose a model of the prosocial classroom that highlights the importance of teachers’ social and emotional competence (SEC) and well-being in the development and maintenance of supportive teacher-student relationships, effective classroom management, and successful social and emotional learning (SEL) program implementation. This model proposes that these factors contribute to creating a classroom climate that is more conducive to learning that promotes positive developmental outcomes among students.

December 2013

This report is the first-of-its-kind research that aims to measure positive youth development through a multi-year study of students participating in 4-H out-of-school activities. The result is a model that is driving new thinking and approaches to youth development around the world.

December 2013

This report is the first-of-its-kind research that aims to measure positive youth development through a multi-year study of students participating in 4-H out-of-school activities. The result is a model that is driving new thinking and approaches to youth development around the world.

Education is changing. Academic learning and SEL are becoming the new standard for what are considered the basics that children should acquire during their schooling. This chapter outlines ideas to help get social-emotional efforts started as well as to sustain those that have already begun. It identifies eight elements necessary for the kind of academic-social-emotional balance that will lead students to success in school and life:

This handout presents 10 instructional approaches and the student experiences that address each approach.

Productive classroom communities that demonstrate good behavior are developed, they do not happen on their own. Expect to deal with maladaptive behaviors, especially in the first weeks of school. This resource provides teachers with a suggested approach to discipline during the first few weeks of school.

This newsletter addresses student motivation and illustrates strategies that can help create a meaningful curriculum to engage middle level learners. Educators can facilitate student engagement by fostering motivation with task-oriented learning environments and teaching students that building new knowledge requires effort. In addition, when curriculum content and learning tasks are relevant and authentic and incorporate choice, students are more likely to view their education as purposeful and engaging.

Effective learners are aware of their own behavior, thinking processes, and learning. This checklist on the self-management of learning helps individuals develop their learning skills in four areas: managing your own learning, strategies for learning, good environments for learning, and working with others.