Insights for Innovation
Putting knowledge into action: Snapshots from the 2017 meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Antonio, Texas.
Growth Mindset and Children’s Health
Not just for school — a positive mindset has potential to boost physical well-being, too.
From Research to Action
How child welfare systems can use the science of child development to promote positive development.
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The transformative power of small encouragements and welcoming interactions.
Understanding Core Skills
For education stakeholders, four key features of fundamental nonacademic skills.
Defining the Skills for Success
New report signals the difference between executive function and other regulation-related skills.
Illustration of a school on the left and a house on the right, with yellow emoticons in the middle
Simple games, played intentionally, can make for powerful moments of social-emotional learning.
A laughing mother looking down at her smiling baby
How parent-child communication from birth to age 3 sets the stage for lifelong success.
Picture of a lake in summertime, with a camp house and a wooden fence hung with colorful lifejackets
Free from school-year demands, summer camps are a key venue for social-emotional learning.
Finding Your Summer Balance
How to strike the right balance between unwinding and achieving.
Dyslexia
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?
Building Success at Home
How parents can build and model self-regulation skills to bolster children’s success.
Messy strands of yarn coming together to form lightbulb
Your brain may be hard-wired to focus on the negative, but (with practice) you can reprogram it.
Understanding Neglect
Why is a caring relationship with an adult so important to a child’s healthy development?
The Building Blocks of Success
How poverty compromises the core skills adults need as parents and on the job — and how to rebuild them.
Music Lessons
Tracing links between musical training and executive function — and bolstering the case for music in schools.
Literacy textbooks stacked on a desk
Strategies for parents and educators to encourage children to read — from infancy to high school
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Mindfulness as a catalyst for professional growth for educators.
Tipping the Scales
An interactive game shows how community choices can build resilience in the face of hardship.
Bilingualism as a Life Experience
What we’re learning about the lasting cognitive effects of speaking two languages.
Animated characters from the Pixar film Inside Out
A Hollywood primer on emotions, feelings, and behavior — with teachable moments for educators and parents.
Boy and girl with digital devices
Writing new terms of engagement for how we approach our connected lives.
The Path to Resilience
A new video series shows how resilience is built, one positive adult relationship at a time.
Photo of father and young son
Turning everyday moments into brain-building blockbusters for young children.
Resilient kids
How we can change our policies to help disadvantaged kids cope and thrive.
Resilient Kids
Why some children can thrive despite adversity.
video
In a video roundtable, HGSE faculty consider the biggest question of all.
teenage students with backpacks
Activities to help teens set goals, stay organized, and keep themselves on track.
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A guide from the Center on the Developing Child details activities and resources to enhance executive function in young children.
Jack Shonkoff
Professor Jack Shonkoff explains some of the science behind early childhood development and how education can help.
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Understanding the impact of stress during a child's early development can pave the way for proper interventions.

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