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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.

November 2006

This supplement to the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice presents and discusses youth development approaches in the context of public health programs. The overarching purpose of the supplement is to acquaint public health practitioners with the basic concepts of youth development and to provide guidance about how to put them into practice.

November 2006

This article discusses the similarities and differences between youth development and public health strategies, and provides insights in sharing best practices across the two areas.

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 news article discusses the research of Dr. Jay Giedd, chief of brain imaging in the child psychiatry branch at the National Institute of Mental Health, to determine how the brain develops from childhood into adolescence and on into early adulthood.

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.

January 30, 2008

This powerpoint presentation describes the following three stepts to reducing dropouts: 1) understand the dropout problem in your community, 2) build an early  warning, prevention, and intervention system, 3) involve the community.

Solving problems and responding to life’s demands requires thinking skills. If a child doesn’t have the skills to handle a problem or expectation adaptively, the result will likely be some form of maladaptive or challenging behavior.

March 2006

While some students drop out because of significant academic challenges, most dropouts are students who could have, and believe they could have, succeeded in school.

2010

This monograph was written to assist park and recreation professionals and elected officials to better understand the important role of park and recreation services, facilities, and programs in the process of youth development. Historically, park and recreation departments have included youth development as part of their missions, although the term “youth development” is relatively new.

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 report summarizes results from three large-scale reviews of research on the impact of social and emotional learning (SEL) programs on elementary and middle-school students. Results found that SEL programs yielded multiple benefits and were effective in both school and after-school settings and for students with and without behavioral and emotional problems.

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.

This Executive Summary to a report on The Importance of Being in School: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation's Public Schools looks at data from six states on their measures of chronic absenteeism: Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, Oregon and Rhode Island.