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Join us in exploring the many facets of adolescence from the adverse, to the awkward, to the awesome! Host Jason Cascarino and his guests, including educators, researchers, developmental scientists, thought leaders, and other caring adults, tell us why middle school can and should be awesome.

Lessons in Adolescence Youth-Nex: Remaking Middle School

    • Education
    • 4.5 • 8 Ratings

Join us in exploring the many facets of adolescence from the adverse, to the awkward, to the awesome! Host Jason Cascarino and his guests, including educators, researchers, developmental scientists, thought leaders, and other caring adults, tell us why middle school can and should be awesome.

    Lessons on Formal Therapeutic Mentoring for Middle School Youth with Dr. Jessica Greenawalt

    Lessons on Formal Therapeutic Mentoring for Middle School Youth with Dr. Jessica Greenawalt

    This episode features a conversation with Jessica Greenawalt, Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Arthur Project, a New York City-based nonprofit mentoring program focused on students in middle school. The Arthur Project taps into the professional pipeline of social workers to provide middle schoolers with professional, not volunteer, mentors. In part one of their conversation, Jessica and Jason talk about how The Arthur Project got started, why it chose to focus on middle school-ag...

    • 44 min
    Lessons on the Developing Adolescent Brain with Dr. Kathryn Mills

    Lessons on the Developing Adolescent Brain with Dr. Kathryn Mills

    This episode features a conversation with Dr. Kathryn Mills, associate professor at the University of Oregon and Director of the Developing Brain in Context Lab. Kate and her colleagues examine how social environments influence the development of social cognition during the transition into adolescence using a blend of methods, including behavioral observation and magnetic resonance imaging of the brain. In part one of their conversation, Kate and Jason talk about the Developing Brain in ...

    • 39 min
    Lessons on Adolescent Development in Youth Sports with Jason Sacks

    Lessons on Adolescent Development in Youth Sports with Jason Sacks

    This episode features a conversation with Jason Sacks, President of Positive Coaching Alliance. For more than 25 years, PCA has worked to instill research and best practice in positive youth development into youth sports. There are more than 30 million young people participating in youth sports in the United States, although there are significant differences in access across communities, which is why a big part of PCA’s work is to advocate for greater equity in youth sports. PCA also offers t...

    • 42 min
    Lessons on Gaming & Game Design to Foster Adolescent Learning & Development with Dr. Susan Rivers

    Lessons on Gaming & Game Design to Foster Adolescent Learning & Development with Dr. Susan Rivers

    This episode features a conversation with Susan Rivers, Executive Director and Chief Scientist at iThrive Games. Through programs and partnerships, iThrive uses gaming and game design to promote social and emotional learning and positive youth development. In part one of their conversation, Susan and Jason talk about the founding of iThrive games, the aspects of gaming and game design that directly impact the learning and development of young people, the importance and utility of play in adol...

    • 43 min
    Lessons on Reimagining Career Education with Jean Eddy

    Lessons on Reimagining Career Education with Jean Eddy

    This episode features a conversation with Jean Eddy, CEO and President of American Student Assistance®. ASA is a national nonprofit changing the way kids learn about careers and prepare for their futures through equitable access to career readiness information and experiences. ASA helps middle and high school students to know themselves—their strengths and their interests—and understand their education and career options so that they can make informed decisions. The organization fulfills its ...

    • 41 min
    Lessons on Ways Adults Can Help Adolescents Live, Learn & Thrive with Stephanie Malia Krauss

    Lessons on Ways Adults Can Help Adolescents Live, Learn & Thrive with Stephanie Malia Krauss

    This episode features a conversation with Stephanie Malia Krauss, author of the youth development-focused books Making It and her most recent release Whole Child, Whole Life. Stephanie has broad experience as an educator, school leader, youth worker, researcher, writer, and advocate. Having had a challenging educational experience herself as a young person, including dropping out of school after the eighth grade, Stephanie works to help adults who educate, develop and care for adolescents to ...

    • 44 min

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As an middle school principal for over a decade, I appreciate the value in creating space for us to reflect on how societal events, systems, and structures impact adolescence...and adolescents in 2020 and beyond!

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