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Technology: The Upsides and the Downsides

Our junior high program strives to maximize the potential of technology as a teaching and learning tool. Teachers use technology to be more effective at presenting information and students use technology to dive deeper into content material, access dynamic informational

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Important Questions for Global Citizens

This is an interesting article from The Atlantic about the value of student travel – the way that travel can provide so many opportunities that can’t be found within the four walls of a school building.  All of the trips we

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Be a “Potted Plant” Parent

“By their nature, adolescents aren’t always on board with our plans for making the most of family time and they aren’t always in the mood to chat. Happily, the quality parenting of a teenager may sometimes take the form of

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Gift Ideas

Are you on the look-out for some holiday gifts for your adolescent?  Check out the American Library Association (ALA) list of the Notable Books for Children 2016.

Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso

A Hidden Gem: Senn High School

Nicholas Senn High School is an often over-looked high school option.  Actually, it’s four options, including Senn Arts (visual arts, dance, theater and music), the IB Diploma, a Digital Journalism Program and a Global Environmental Studies. Check out the IB Learner Profile.

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Are You as Smart as a 13-Year-Old?

Do you know what your child does on their phone in their bedroom after you’ve gone to sleep? Do you know if your child has two separate Instagram accounts: one for you to see and one that you can’t see?

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Single Stories

I’m offering these two resources that both speak to the dangers of painting people into simplistic categories.  Humans are complex beings and cannot be pigeon-holed into binary categories like “red state voters” or “blue state voters“. The TED Talk titled

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Super Powers Activate! A Post-Election Perspective

Regardless of where you are on the political spectrum, the past few days have likely been a whirlwind of raw emotions, intense conversations and personal reflection. The election didn’t end with the results that I personally desired.  But I’m a

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Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso