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Teacher Maria Rosa Reifler Inspires Students, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Teacher Maria Rosa Reifler Inspires Students

Meet Maria Rosa Reifler, a fifth grade teacher at Wilcox Elementary School in East Los Angeles who gives her students more than core curriculum.  She teaches them about the value of living a life that matters. I’m struck with how Mrs. Reifler models the concepts of positive youth development in the […]

Integrity
Fostering Initiative in Children and Teens, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Fostering Initiative in Children and Teens

Helping kids navigate their life journey with initiative, courage and optimism is part of raising healthy children. Alfred D. Souza made a great point:  “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin.  But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to […]

Resilience
Music Training Fosters Children's Success, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Music Training Fosters Children’s Success

Ah, the power of music training! I was reminded a few days ago when reading a ScienceDaily research article, Childhood Music Lessons May Provide Lifelong Boost in Brain Functioning, just how powerful music training can be in a child’s life. The article says music lessons can pay off for decades, […]

Creativity
What is Positive Youth Development? by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

What is Positive Youth Development?

I believe families, schools, and communities share one goal.  We want our children to thrive. We wish for happy, healthy, and successful children who flourish as adults.  A straightforward goal; yet every parent and teacher understands its challenges. As a developmental psychologist and member of the International Positive Psychology Association […]

Compass-Inspired
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