How can you help teens thrive now and for life? Support them as whole learners. Developing independence and shared responsibility. Collaborating and communicating effectively. Establishing valuable work habits. Harnessing emotions. Finding motivation. We all want teens to acquire these vital skills and engage meaningfully in academics. In this insightful and culturally responsive guide, Poliner and Benson integrate these lifelong skills into daily practices through  • Practical applications for diverse populations in every class, advisory, team, or club  • The latest research on best practices from adolescent psychology, neuroscience, mental health, and school climate  • Tools for teachers, administrators, counselors, and parents to help teens succeed now and later in school, home, workplace, and community. Teaching the Whole Teen supports adolescents and adults within the school to thrive. “This treasure-trove of inventive, concrete ideas offers a gift to our profession.” Roland Barth, Educator “…the book to turn to when you are working with teens, when you desperately need help, when seeking solace.” John Hattie, Professor & Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute University of Melbourne “…explicitly addresses the unique needs of students of color, students from poverty, and immigrant students in ways that other books don’t; should be read by every middle and high school educator.” Zaretta Hammond, Educational Consultant “…manifests the best thinking in modern education” Rick Wormeli, Teacher, Writer, Education Consultant “What a treat to read! Every principal will benefit from reading it.” Thomas Hoerr, Emeritus Head New City School, St. Louis, MO

Leaders Set the Tone for Themselves and Others

Leaders Set the Tone for Themselves and Others

We were with an elementary school principal in a second-grade class. He asked the students what they thought a principal does. A student raised a hand and said, “You fix everything.” While the rest of us had a hearty laugh, the principal sighed and looked heavenward.

It is said that schools lie at the intersection of infinite need and finite resources, making it impossible to “fix everything,” as much as the second grader, and perhaps even leaders themselves, think they should. We have an unsustainable model of leadership. “Twenty-five thousand (one quarter of the country’s principals) leave their schools each year . . . Fifty percent of new principals quit ...

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