What Are the Best Ways to Prevent Bullying in Schools?

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All 50 U.S. states require schools to have a bullying prevention policy. But a policy, alone, is not enough. Despite the requirement, there’s been a slight uptick in all forms of bullying during the last three years. Bullying can look like experienced basketball players systematically intimidating novice players off the court, kids repeatedly stigmatizing immigrant classmates for ….  Read More

Five Childhood Experiences That Lead to a More Purposeful Life

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According to a new Gallup survey of over 2,000 college graduates, 80 percent believe it’s very or extremely important to have a sense of purpose in their work. Yet fewer than half of them actually succeed in having this experience. It’s not surprising that young people are seeking purpose—adolescents with greater purpose experience greater well-being and hope. Purpose is ….  Read More

How Colleges Today Are Supporting Student Mental Health

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Colleges and universities are addressing well-being in students with new and innovative approaches. “Why are we ignoring our college students?” a frustrated colleague asked me last week. With so much focus on social-emotional learning, trauma-sensitive classrooms, and student well-being in K-12 schools, my friend argued passionately that young adults need our attention, too. The challenge ….  Read More

Four Ways to Support Teens’ Social-Emotional Development at School

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According to a 2018 survey, many high school students don’t believe their schools have done enough to help them deal with stress (51 percent), understand their emotions (49 percent), and solve disagreements (46 percent), and fewer than half of graduates surveyed feel prepared for life after high school. We’re learning that some social and emotional learning ….  Read More