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What are the Answers?

If “it takes a village to raise a child” then what does it mean to be a village? What is the role of connection technologies in our educational community and family settings? How do we help change the context of our children’s lives? One size does not fit all. Take...

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A School’s Guide to Success: The Seven Cs

Part I: Community Assessment Concentrating on Senior-Level Support Creating a Cohesive Team Collecting Data to Drive Health Efforts Carefully Crafting an Operating Plan Choosing Appropriate Interventions Creating Supportive Environments Consistently Evaluating...

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Homework We Should Set

We should assign: One hour extra sleep 20 minutes outside cardio Small screens off after dinner Hang with friends f2f Join a team/group Read a book Write a letter/journal with a pen/pencil Tell a yarn and have an argument Contribute and make a difference Stuart Taylor...

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FOUNDRY: A focus on wellness

In 2007 a small team of psychiatrists at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver decided to take a completely different approach to helping young people aged 12-24. Their focus is on wellness, empowering young people to live a balanced and fulfilling life. FOUNDRY offers...

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Teens and Sexting

With sexting on the rise parents and educators are grappling with how best to protect teens: preach abstinence or teach them how to be safe? Most teenagers, at increasingly younger ages, are going to deal with some kind of sexting-related experience. In February 2018,...

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NMK – Not My Kid

Parents can be in denial about the secret digital lives many teens are leading and the array of consequences that can result. Examples: Meeting strangers, some of them adults, on a variety of apps Taking risqué photos in disguised vault apps, then trading the photos...

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Decade of Digital Dependence (DDD)

While still debated, the potential for Internet or digital devices to have addictive qualities is an emerging concern. The intrusion of electronic devices (laptop, tablet, cell phone) allows students to divide attention between the classroom and other unrelated...

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Eighth Grade Movie

Written and directed by Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade shows Kayla navigating her last days of Grade 8. The director captures early-adolescent awkwardness, pain and insecurities with empathy and a comic touch. Kayla is a painfully introverted middle-schooler who gives perky...

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The Principal’s Role

Does principal leadership matter in implementing meaningful school change and school improvement? A pilot study of school-community partnerships in the U. S. and Canada focused on effective school improvement efforts.  The evaluation identified nine levers that...

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