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Helping Young Girls Find Their Voice While Developing Friendships

Katie Hurley’s office is filled with young girls who struggle with courage, confidence and friendship skills. Hurley, a child and adolescent psychotherapist and author of the recently published “No More Mean Girls,” has noticed an escalating trend: Girls right now are overwhelmed with adult-directed activities.

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A Futuristic Look at Assessing Learning

“How do we enhance cognition?”
This is the question that keeps Dr. Adam Gazzaley awake at night.

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5 Strategies to Demystify the Learning Process for Struggling Students

Barbara Oakley’s professional biography does not suggest that she was once a struggling math and science student: She is an engineering professor, author of A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science and

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

Popularity is a loaded word. For many adults, it evokes powerful memories of jockeying for position in high school cafeterias and hallways.

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

Publicly funded pre-K programs enjoy broad public and political support, largely because of research suggesting that preschool graduates enjoy both short-term and long-term benefits, including improved academic and school readiness

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10 Ways To Help Kids With Learning Differences That Could Benefit All Students

Schools are typically designed to serve the average student, and those with learning differences — such as dyslexia or trouble with executive functioning skills — usually make up a smaller part of the population. Estimates find that 5 to 20 percent of Americans have learning differences. If struggling students don’t find the help they need in school, keeping up with the rest of the class can be an enormous challenge.

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Emotional Agility as a Tool to Help Teens Manage Their Feelings

Navigating the ups and downs of the teenage years has never been easy, as young adults manage a lot of changes that are hormonal, physical, social and emotional. Teens could use help during this period; according to a recent study, the prevalence of depression in adolescents has increased in the last decade.

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How Social Bias Can Transfer From One Generation To The Next

From an early age, children are sensitive to social cues from adults, peers, media and their surrounding environment.

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Steps Teachers Can Take to Keep Girls and Minorities in Computer Science Education

It’s no secret that women, African Americans and Hispanics are underrepresented in computer science classrooms and careers.

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How to Start and Build an Inclusive Computer Science Program

Art Lopez’s journey as a computer science teacher began five years ago when one of his high school students asked him a question: “Why do Torrey Pines and La Jolla –  schools in more affluent parts of San Diego – have computer science classes and we don’t?” Lopez recalled.

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