New Report Explores Why Adolescents Seek to Change the World and How Educators and Adults Can Support Them Press ReleaseAugust 15, 2019
Changes in their brains, combined with a greater awareness of peers and events around them, make adolescence a key time for students to figure out who they are, what they aspire to be, and what they want to do in the world, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed). The report, Science of Adolescent Learning: How Identity and Empowerment Influence Student Learning, explores the research explaining these changes and offers ways that educators and policymakers can support students during this critical time.
XQ America’s Give Me Five Newsletter In the NewsJuly 14, 2019
From the science of adolescent learning to becoming an ally for youth voice, this issue of Give Me Five has a little something for all teachers who work with students during this important time of development.
Science of Adolescent Learning
During adolescence, students confront a variety of issues as their bodies and brains undergo rapid transformations—more so than any other time outside of birth to early childhood. A new report released today from the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) underscores the importance of culture, experiences, and environments during this period of life and explains why adolescents need to learn in safe, supportive, and culturally responsive environments. The report, which includes recent findings from neuroscience, cognitive science, and psychological research, also examines how culture and multiple environmental factors—from community values and social expectations to poverty, prejudice, and inequity—influence classrooms, schools, and student learning.
Adolescence tends to be seen by parents—and many teachers—with dread. Teenagers are likelier to engage in risky behaviors and disengage from school. But emerging cognitive and neuroscience research suggests ways schools can help leverage teens' strengths in this unique developmental period.
New All4Ed Report: By Understanding and Supporting Brain Changes During Adolescence, Educators Can Better Prepare Students for College and Adulthood Press ReleaseAugust 02, 2018
During adolescence, students experience a variety of biological changes in their bodies and brains. A new report released today by the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) argues that by understanding these changes—as well as the science behind student learning and development—education leaders can take advantage of this important developmental stage to support adolescent learning, close achievement and opportunity gaps, and ensure that students develop the higher-order thinking skills they will need in college, work, and adulthood.
There's a science to adolescent learning, which addresses how the many changes — physical, emotional, social, intellectual and psychological — teenagers experience impact how they learn and should impact how educators instruct. A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education offered strategies for making sure that "critical education decisions are driven by science," as author Bob Wise put it.
Key Strategies for Science of Adolescent Learning Should Guide Education Decisionmaking, Says New All4Ed Report Press ReleaseJune 13, 2018
Over the next two years, public education faces a critical moment created by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act requiring states and school districts to identify underperforming schools and create evidence-based plans to improve learning experiences and academic performance of all students. A new report by the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) recommends key strategies for ensuring that science of adolescent learning principles move from established research findings to actual implementation in these schools through coordinated efforts among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.