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

Schoolwide Structures, Practices, and Policies That Support the Whole Teen

Schoolwide Structures, Practices, and Policies That Support the Whole Teen

As this entire book reveals, approaches for teaching and supporting whole teens are not accomplished with one specific curriculum or program. The presence or absence of an array of predictable schoolwide structures will determine how you answer many questions: Is every student in your school known well by at least one adult? Do all of the students effectively use the school community to thrive as whole teens? Structures predict the probability that students feel known, capable, and motivated—or not. A meaningful class or club can outweigh a few negative experiences, but the structures of the whole school should support whole teens.

Some of the structures explained ...

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