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Why Your Teen Gains From Learning Experiences

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As every parent knows firsthand, developmental growth during the teen years rivals that of the first two years of your child’s life. Cognitively, teens are beginning to think for themselves and interpret the world around them in new ways. You probably experience your child’s move toward independence as both frustrating and encouraging. That behavior is not only normal but is necessary for healthy intellectual development.

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Degrees or Skills? Who is “Most Likely to Succeed?”

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 As I often joke with friends, it always feels like a decisive moment in education. And alas, education tends to evolve at a glacial pace. A much posed question these days is what does it mean to be successful, and who really is most likely to succeed?!  The ensuing debate makes it seem like a defining moment in education.

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What is the Right School for Your Teen?

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Over the past several years, options for K-12 education have increased at a rapid pace. If a particular school is not quite a fit for an individual student, they are no longer stuck; they have choices. Public, charter, magnet, and various independent school options are available. It’s important for parents and students to feel empowered to pick a school that fits their needs and expectations. Though all of the options are helpful, it can also be overwhelming. Here are some questions to ask when evaluating schools with your teen: 

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Is The Small School Environment a Better Way?

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With all the pressure on schools today to meet various performance standards, the needs of individual students can get lost.  As a result, some students are unsuccessful, either dropping out of school, struggling with mental health issues or just not being challenged enough to meet their full potential. This happens not because these students aren't capable, but because it's becoming harder and harder for even the most dedicated teachers to provide each student the support they need to succeed.

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What Can Your Teen Gain From a Summer Job?

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Parents in today’s world recognize that summer jobs aren’t the universal and seasonal rites of passage they once were. There are many options for experience, learning, and adventure available to teens during the summer. Many students find the idea of a summer job a bit old fashioned. But, from the perspective of educators,  three months of employment, including unpaid internships, still holds value for today’s youth.  

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