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Lately there has been a contentious discussion in the media about self-report surveys that measure students' social and emotional skills. So, how should schools gather and use this data?

Publish Date: 2016-Apr-27

Seven out of 10 parents of 10 to 15 year olds say they are “very comfortable” talking with their kids about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. However, only 38 percent of youth in the same families say they are “very comfortable” talking with their parents about these issues.

Publish Date: 2016-Apr-19

By: Kent Pekel, Ed.D., President and CEO

A decade ago, the National Research Council released a report that showed that between 40 and 60 percent of U.S. high school students are disengaged from learning and don’t put much effort into school.

Author: Kent Pekel    Publish Date: 2016-Apr-05

Each April, Alcohol Awareness Month is sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) and this year's theme is "Talk Early, Talk Often: Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Alcohol Use."

Publish Date: 2016-Mar-31

We sat down with Dr. Amy Syvertsen to talk about the 2016 Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting happening next week in Baltimore, MD and to learn more about what she is presenting at the meeting.

Publish Date: 2016-Mar-24

The way that young people think about their own intelligence affects the amount of effort they exert in school and in life. Here are 10 growth mindset "do's" and "don'ts" that will help you be more intentional about how you respond to youth when they set goals, face challenges, make mistakes, and solve problems.

Publish Date: 2016-Mar-11

In the video below, senior workshop facilitator Jim Conway talks about the benefits of attending the Essentials of Asset Building for Trainers and Facilitators workshop, including how it can help you introduce the 40 Developmental Assets® as a common language in your school, program, or community.

Publish Date: 2016-Mar-08

Effective praise helps develop a “growth mindset” in which young people recognize that they can learn and grow through effort and practice.

Publish Date: 2016-Mar-01

The staff at Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake (BBBSGC), a one-to-one mentoring program located in Maryland, are long-time proponents of Developmental Assets® and positive youth development.

Publish Date: 2016-Feb-24

The way you give that feedback can make a big difference in how it will motivate (or deflate) young people. Here are four steps you can use when young people seek your help in solving problems.

Publish Date: 2016-Feb-17