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Service Learning Projects Foster Positive Development

When I was a teenager, we didn’t have a term for service-learning. Projects existed to volunteer in our communities but not many people thought about the lifelong value of such projects. Today, I know that my life was changed as a result of working with a group of students to […]

Empathy

Future Leadership: Lessons from History

What skills do future leaders need? The answer may surprise you. Research suggests that great leadership is not about a bulleted list of teachable skills, but about the quality of the person. Why is this important to parents, teachers, and others who imagine the future leadership potential of today’s young […]

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Children and Families Thrive When Communities Care, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Children and Families Thrive When Communities Care

Communities make a positive difference for children and families when they connect around common values, form meaningful relationships with each other, and provide resources that help kids flourish in life. We know this to be true, not just from research, but because we know deep in our bones that the […]

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55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents 2019

Parents, are you ready for back-to-school? Teachers, would you like to share some great parenting articles with students’ families?  This popular list of back-to-school articles was just updated for the 2019-2020 school year. It contains some of the latest thinking and research on learning, achievement, family well-being, parent engagement, special […]

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Youth Mentoring Rocks!

Youth Mentoring Rocks! How Teens Find Great Mentors

Like many adults, I can recall the profound influence that youth mentoring has had on my life. Not only did my mentor, a high school teacher, support me through my challenging teen years, but I have felt her positive influence for a lifetime. Why is youth mentoring so important? How […]

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Art Projects for Kids: Learning that Matters | Roots of Action

Art Projects for Kids: Learning That Matters

With summer around the corner, it’s time to begin thinking about the wonderful art projects for kids that make learning fun! While engaging in kid’s arts and crafts should not be limited by season, summer is a great time to dive into projects without lots of homework on the back […]

Creativity
Character Strengths: What Are They and Why They Matter? | Roots of Action

Character Strengths: What Are They and Why They Matter?

What are character strengths? What meaningful role does character play in child and adult development? It is widely acknowledged that character –not beauty, high test scores, or wealth–account for life satisfaction and well-being. Derived from the field of positive psychology, the term character strengths has become synonymous with a group […]

Resilience
Family Meetings Can Be Fun, Productive, and Meaningful | Roots of Action

Family Meetings Can Be Fun, Productive, and Meaningful

Family meetings are opportunities for parents and children to discuss important issues, strengthen communication, reinforce values, and nurture positive relationships. Often, parents and kids are reluctant to adopt family meetings because they don’t understand their purpose and structure. Some parents fear it will lessen their authority. Conversely, children may view […]

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Character Education: What Good Teachers Do Best | Roots of Action

Character Education: What Good Teachers Do Best

Good teachers understand that character education is at least half their jobs.  While teachers are hired to develop children’s skills and abilities in academics like reading, writing, history, geography, and math, there is a lot more going on in the classroom than meets the eye. Opportunities abound for students to […]

Integrity
How Children Learn: Fit, Fairness, and Flexibility | Roots of Action

How Children Learn: Fit, Fairness, and Flexibility

When we understand how children learn best, parents and teachers can be more responsive to young people’s needs as students and lifelong learners. Not all children learn the same way. There are differences in how knowledge is acquired by each child, and this is an often-frustrating reality for parents who […]

Resourcefulness
Explaining Death to Children Begins with Loving Presence | Roots of Action

Explaining Death to Children Begins with Loving Presence

Most adults agree that explaining death to children is one of the toughest conversations we can have. And one of the biggest mistakes we often make is not talking about death with kids. Research shows that most children experience the loss of someone they love by the time they finish […]

Resilience