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What Teens Need From Schools: Using a holistic approach to meet basic requisites

Cheryl James-Ward, Michelle Harkrider, Craig Bowden, Lawrence Ke Xu, and Cesia Ayala Portilla | Principal Leadership Article  

What Teens Need From Schools

What do teens need? Asking more than 100 teens from different backgrounds will yield more than 100 different answers. Freedom. Support. Acknowledgment. Space. Sleep. Communication. To be known. Creativity. Heroes and role models. Money. Friends. Time. Success. Less stress. A voice. Trust. Affirmation.

Like every one of us, each teen is unique. As a whole, though, are today’s teens really any different from those who were coming of age 10, 20, or even 30 years ago? To answer this, it’s important to first think about the lens or mindset from which we address this challenge. To most parents and educators, it really seems as if psychologist Abraham Maslow had it figured out in his hierarchy of needs—with physiological needs at the base of his pyramid, followed by safety, love/belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. Most educators believe in the need to ensure that the physiological and safety needs of teens are met, but this is where we often stall out. Toward the middle and upper levels of the hierarchy, we often work so hard to foster the sense of self-esteem and inner strength that kids need to attempt a challenging task that we sometimes miss out on guiding them toward cycles of effort, planning, failure, resiliency, and eventual success...

Anne Mathews, Cheryl Ward
Blended learning is a teaching technique utilizing face-to-face teaching and online or technology-based practice in which the learner has the ability to exert control over the pace, place, path, or time of learning. Schools that employ this teaching method often demonstrate larger gains than traditional programs due to their increased ability to differentiate and quickly assess student learning. This study sought to determine ways blended-learning models contribute to student success, how blended-learning schools are measuring student success, and how administrators are supporting teachers in their use of blended techniques.

Preventing Digital Distraction: The Myth of Multitasking

The adoption of technology in classrooms has led to the rise of multitasking by students. Educators like Stephen Cerruti of e3 Civic High in San Diego, CA are not only tasked with creating a productive classroom with emerging technology, but also making sure students remain focused on the task at hand. We asked Stephen to share his thoughts on student multitasking...


A Comparative Analysis of 21st Century Schools in the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China...

Abstract: This study investigated schools in the two largest global economies, the United States and The People’s Republic of China, in order to understand how both educational systems are preparing students to thrive in the global workplace. The study 1) delineates skill sets needed for success in the new economy, 2) identifies and reports on the instructional findings within seven schools in China and seven schools in the United States that describe themselves as preparing students for the 21st century workplace, 3) compares findings between schools studied in both countries, and 4) ends with suggestions for policymakers and school systems wishing to improve student preparedness for the global workplace.