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Helping young people manage their digital behavior and avoid the most serious dangers.
Summer Learning Happens at Home
New research suggests it’s family involvement, not just camps or trips, that keeps kids primed for learning all summer.
Parents as Allies in Reducing Absences
Targeting parental beliefs about attendance can get more kids to school, more often.
The Other Achievement Gap
The lessons we can learn from Asian American success.
Growth Mindset and Children’s Health
Not just for school — a positive mindset has potential to boost physical well-being, too.
Raising Kind Children
How to guide children to be empathetic and ethical across every setting.
One and All
Opening a shared conversation about how educators can protect students from bullying, confront divisions, and foster inclusion.
Supporting Undocumented Students
To build hope and chart a path to success, relationships are key.
Talking Race, Controversy, and Trauma
How to open space for reflection and conversation amid difficult events.
“Before the Big Times Roll In”
Building trust by getting real, from the start.
A Bully-Free Culture
Three actions that will make a difference.
Growing (Up) Together
Writing a new parenting script, one where our children become our teachers.
From Research to Action
How child welfare systems can use the science of child development to promote positive development.
Parenting Amid Transition
Talking with kids about the election and what's next — and helping them find their voice.
Defining the Skills for Success
New report signals the difference between executive function and other regulation-related skills.
College applicants can take control of a frenzied process by reflecting on their values and goals — for the next four years and beyond.
For Military Kids, Resilience and Challenges
Second Lady Jill Biden and fellow teachers lead the drive to support the educational and social-emotional needs of military children.
More Than Safe
Creating a school where LGBTQ students thrive.
The Clear Value of Preschool
New study adds evidence that preschool works — so how do we ensure that every child can benefit?
The Great Outdoors
Time spent outside has wide-ranging benefits — and there are easy ways to integrate it into the school day.
Civics in Uncivil Times
Facing down the challenges of teaching the 2016 election, with resources for preparing engaged citizens.
Undocumented and Educated
Helping students and families navigate their opportunities, amid the realities of immigration policy in the United States.
Coping with Community Crisis
Resources for parents and educators on talking to kids about trauma.
How parent-child communication from birth to age 3 sets the stage for lifelong success.
Lessons from Camp
Free from school-year demands, summer camps are a key venue for social-emotional learning.
Summer Math Loss
Why kids lose math knowledge, and how families can work to counteract it.
College and the Good Student
Here's how high schools and colleges can help students prioritize community engagement and reframe college admissions.
A Summer Plan
How to strike the right balance between unwinding and achieving.
Fixing the Failure Model
Research indicates that children at risk for dyslexia can be identified before they begin school.
The Costs of Poverty
One third of 3- and 4-year-olds in the developing world are not meeting basic milestones. What can be done?
College and (the Real) You
A push for authentic community service aims to reframe college admissions. Here's what students should know.
Mathematics, Everywhere for Everyone
Bridging the gap between math in the classroom and math at home — for all families.
Closing the Gap Year Gap
Amid the buzz about deferring college, how do we make a bridge year that's accessible and beneficial for all?
Developing a Digital Voice
Teenaged leaders on the opportunities and challenges posed by digital media.
Building Success at Home
How parents can build and model self-regulation skills to bolster children’s success.
Advice from an educator and artist about how to make the most of your family’s next museum visit.
The Biology of Positive Habits
Your brain may be hard-wired to focus on the negative, but (with practice) you can reprogram it.
Why is a caring relationship with an adult so important to a child’s healthy development?
A social media campaign shines light on the ethical dilemmas teens face — and how to navigate them.
Tracing links between musical training and executive function — and bolstering the case for music in schools.
Raising Strong Readers
Strategies for parents and educators to encourage children to read — from infancy to high school
How to Raise a Voracious Reader
Promoting literacy with dinnertime storytelling, family conversation, and books about food.
Tips for educators on sharing student data with families.
Four trends reshaping the traditional parent-teacher conference.
Pathways to Partnership
Marking Hispanic Heritage Month with a collection of resources for Latino family engagement.
Building a Kindness Movement
To stop bullying, a new social media campaign asks us to start with kindness.
Tipping the Scales
An interactive game shows how community choices can build resilience in the face of hardship.
Brain Science, Inside Out
A Hollywood primer on emotions, feelings, and behavior — with teachable moments for educators and parents.
Confronting Gender Bias at School
A toolkit helps educators spur conversation, fight stereotypes, and build leadership skills in teen girls.
When the Classroom Feels Hostile
How stigma, stereotype, and labels can affect kids with learning disabilities.
Does It Have to Be Complicated?
Simple ideas that can really work to change education.
Finding Your Summer Balance
Strategies for managing the to-do list, recharging, and preparing for reentry.
When the Glass Ceiling is a Mirror
Problematic biases against girls as leaders — often from other girls.
Mindfulness and Screen Time
Writing new terms of engagement for how we approach our connected lives.
How teens help each other navigate online stress and abuse.
Making and Learning Together
The possibilities of family-style maker education.
Summer By the Book
Closing the gap by helping families build a tradition of summer reading.
The Path to Resilience
A new video series shows how resilience is built, one positive adult relationship at a time.
The Power of Listening
After Baltimore, helping young people explore their feelings about violence, race, and their communities.
Letting Go, Staying Close
Strategies for parental involvement in school during the teenage years.
Revving the Engines
Turning everyday moments into brain-building blockbusters for young children.
Family Engagement — Equitable and Everywhere
New ideas on how to create opportunities for all parents and all children.
Project Zero works to expand our view of childhood and its civic possibilities.
When Bad Things Happen
Tips for parents and educators on talking to kids about the unthinkable and inevitable events in life.
Testing, Crime, and Punishment
As educators in Atlanta face jail time, an expert weighs in on where we’ve gone wrong with standardized tests.
The Kindergarten Milestone
A smooth transition to school lays the groundwork for later success.
Because I’m Happy
An intriguing study notes a correlation between a student’s level of happiness and GPA.
The Science of Resilience
Why some children can thrive despite adversity.
The dog ate your what? Four tips for parents on handling little white lies to tall tales.
Parents can help their teens succeed in school — and beyond — by helping them pursue their goals and interests.
How Did They Get Here?
A book focusing on students with disabilities at Harvard challenges stereotypes and bias while highlighting the themes of their success.
All About the Books
How can parents and educators turn the page on kids who are reading less and computing more?
Leading the Way
The Harvard Family Research Project places emphasis on the links between leadership and family engagement on Presidents Day.
The Road to Learning
Following the path of a round-the-world journey, a Project Zero initiative lets students trace new connections.
A conversation with Meredith Rowe about how to lay the groundwork for your child’s vocabulary growth.
Better Not Say
How young people quiet their online expressions of civic engagement over time.
The Path to Educational Equity
Inspired by the messages of MLK, the Harvard Family Research Project produces a resource to help families lead the way.
Apps to Fill the Hours
With school vacation week approaching, a guide for families to make the best use of their digital time.
The Education of Immigrant Children
As the demography of the U.S. continues to shift, how can schools best serve their changing population?
Hanging by a Thread?
Seven simple tips to manage holiday stress at school, home, and everywhere else.
Regulating the Teenage Mind
Activities to help teens set goals, stay organized, and keep themselves on track.
The Achievement High-Five
Five earliest-learning interventions for parents of infants and toddlers.
Helping young people confront the ethical dilemmas of the online world.
The Art of Control
A guide from the Center on the Developing Child details activities and resources to enhance executive function in young children.
Case studies produced by the Harvard Family Research Project delve into key topics of family engagement in schools.
Learning by Making
HGSE's Agency by Design, housed at Project Zero, is fostering maker-centered learning initiatives that empower students and teachers alike.
Link It to Learning
Professor Karen Mapp explains what really works when it comes to cultivating partnerships between home and school.
A New Look at the Parent-Teacher Conference
The Harvard Family Research Project provides tips and tools on maximizing the school-to-family relationship.
Protecting Children's Brains
Professor Jack Shonkoff explains some of the science behind early childhood development and how education can help.
The Culture of Counseling
HGSE Lecturer Josephine Kim works to raise awareness of mental health issues that affect Korean-American student populations.
The Parental Involvement Puzzle
When it comes to parental involvement, how can families best navigate the path to student success?
Listen to Your Mother
The use of many different words, not just many words, helps toddlers grow their vocabulary.
Stress Levels and the Developing Brain
Understanding the impact of stress during a child's early development can pave the way for proper interventions.
Family Involvement and Children's Literacy
A longitudinal study highlights family involvement as a key to literacy performance.
Secrets of Successful Afterschool Programs
A decade of evaluation studies provide a basis to assess the educational potential of afterschool programs and to identify promising practices.
Family Involvement: What Does Research Say?
A series of briefs examine the benefits of family involvement across the developmental continuum.
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