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Youth Mental Health: Be Proactive with School Surveys

Depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses are on the rise among teens, preteens and young adults. In fact, it is estimated that “five to eight times as many high school and college students meet the criteria for diagnosis of major depression and/or anxiety disorder as was true half a century or more ago.”[1] And that’s […]

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Cyberbullying in the Millennial Era: Know the Signs of Cyberbullying

As many parents and teachers know, cyberbullying has become one of the most common forms of harassment a child will experience. In this day and age of easily-accessible technology and ubiquitous social media sharing, it’s important for adults to recognize the signs of cyberbullying, so that they may more readily protect their children or students […]

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What is Cyberbullying

Traditionally, bullying has been seen predominantly as an “in-person” behavior—that is, it occurs as a face-to-face interaction or confrontation between two or more individuals (a “bully” and a “victim”). In old movies, books, and TV shows, schoolyard bullies harass their victims in the hallways and threaten them on the playground. But bullying is just as […]

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Cyberbullying in the Millennial Era: How to Handle Cyberbullying at Your School

In today’s technologically advanced society, cyberbullying is a critical issue that many schools and educational institutions are facing. As administrators, teachers, counselors, coaches, and staffers, you want to protect the students in your school, as well as the learning environment in which you work. When approaching cyberbullying from an administrative perspective, it’s important to first […]

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The Importance of Anonymous Surveys

In 2013, an Illinois teacher named John Dryden made headlines by informing his students that they did not have to fill out a school survey if they did not wish to, after noticing that the surveys had the students’ names printed on them. Dryden was reprimanded for doing this, even though there are a multitude […]

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Know Thy Students: How to Engage Students in the Classroom

As an educator, you arguably have one of the most challenging jobs in the world: engaging your students in the classroom so you can teach them. Knowing how to engage students is critical to being an effective educator; if students aren’t engaged, they’re likely not learning[1]. The modern age doesn’t make it any easier, either. […]

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Defining and Creating a Positive School Climate

We all want the best for the students in our schools, and the greatest gift we can give them is a positive school climate in which they can learn, develop relationships, and discover their own identities as they grow older. However, it can be difficult to determine exactly what constitutes a positive learning environment as […]

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A letter to ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli

August 12, 2014 The following is in response to an email sent out mid August 2014 about the 2015 ONDCP strategy.   Dear Mr. Botticelli, Thank you for requesting feedback on the 2015 National Drug Control Strategy —  a sound and robust strategy grounded in research and projected outcomes necessary for a national effort. However, […]

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What Do Students Most Need To Engage Them During Lessons?

What Do Students Most Need To Engage Them During Lessons? January 21, 2014 Your students are the beneficiaries of your knowledge, but how do you know how to communicate information to your students in a way that they will retain information. The problem all educators face is pupils have different ways of learning and it […]

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