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Being Popular: Why it Consumes Teens and Continues to Affect Adults

The kinds of popularity adolescents and teens experience can affect the relationships they later have as adults, according to Mitch Prinstein.

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How A Stereotype Threat Intervention Can Help Students in STEM Fields

One California university is trying a new strategy to help minority students perform better in STEM classes and develop the mental resilience to face future challenges.

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Why Preschool is the ‘Most Important Year’ In a Child’s Development

A child's experience in preschool sets the foundation for her educational journey, but not all schools know how to deliver what's best, according to author Suzanne Bouffard.

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A Future-Forward Look At Higher Ed

Cathy Davidson is a historian of technology who finds the seeds of necessary innovation in unexpected places, like her home institution, the City University of New York.

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Stepping Back from Overparenting: A Stanford Dean’s Perspective

Parents are essential to a child’s development. But when parents get too involved in helping and directing a child’s every move, they can end up doing more harm than good. Former Stanford dean of freshman Julie Lythcott-Haims saw first-hand how parents were interfering with the lives of their college-aged children and keeping them from maturing into self-reliant adults.

For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity, Reframing Thoughts Can Help

Irritation and gloom may seem like the default mode for teenagers, but parents can help them gain a more realistic and resilient way of thinking. A clinical psychologist explains how.

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In The Weeks Before Starting College, Money Worries Aplenty

Students often struggle over the summer to make their bills balance out, and it's one of the main reasons that nearly a third of low-income students with college going plans don't show up in the fall.

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How the Google Suite Can Enhance Open-Ended Math Exploration

Math educator Alice Keeler teams up with Stanford math education professor Jo Boaler to look at how open-ended math tasks can be enhanced with technology.

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4 Digital Tools to Help Students Increase Appreciation and Self-Worth in Any Classroom

The ability to appreciate others can spread positive experiences to oneself and others. Common Sense Education reviewed four apps that can help students and teachers develop and express gratitude.

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How Ending Behavior Rewards Helped One School Focus on Student Motivation and Character

A school transformed its culture by getting rid of rewards for good behavior and prioritizing character education.

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A Whole School Approach to Behavior Issues

When Principal Michael Essien arrived at Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Middle School in San Francisco, he knew his first order of business would be helping teachers struggling to handle routine disruptions to class. But rather than kicking students out of class, he’s trying to a new approach—bringing counselors inside classrooms to help teachers de-escalate conflicts.

Tips to Help Kids with Back-To-School Anxiety

The start of the year can be a particularly hard time for kids — trying to navigate from the carefree summer to the routine of school. But, experts say, nerves and anxiety are normal.

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Having A Best Friend In Your Teenage Years Could Benefit You For Life

Researchers have found that people with deep friendships in adolescence had less anxiety and a greater sense of self-worth in early adulthood. Close friends matter, their study found.

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A Preview of the MindShift Podcast

We’re back! MindShift is back with a new season of podcast episodes featuring educators, parents and students who are developing effective ways to teach and learn. Listen to this preview of what’s next.