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The Normalization of Anxiety

3shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn This may sound strange—but I love the fact that we’re talking about mental health issues today. While I hate that millions of teenage students struggle with such issues, at least we’re finally addressing them, rather than hiding from them, and beginning to take action against anxiety, panic attacks, depression,…

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How to Raise Healthy Kids in a Fearful Culture

7shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn This week, I am blogging on three cultural realities and how we can help our kids from Generation Z navigate them. We’ve explored our culture of avoidance and our culture of outrage the past two days. Today, I want to talk about our culture of fear. Because we’re raising…

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How to Lead Kids in a Culture of Outrage

12shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn This week, I am blogging on cultural trends that we would do well to pay attention to, especially if we teach or lead young people. Yesterday, I posted about our culture of avoidance. Today, I am discussing our current culture of rage and outrage. Earlier this year, a story…

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Seven Characteristics That Distinguish Generation Z

13shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn One question I often get asked is: How is Generation Z (the youngest population being assessed today) different than Millennials? The answer? They’re distinctly different. If we have any hope of partnering with these students, we would do well to understand them. Below is an excerpt from our new…

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Three Priorities of the 2020 Principal of the Year

2shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Last month, one of the administrators we work with and admire was named the 2020 National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Her name is Kerensa Wing. She has served as principal of Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County for the last…

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What Generation Z Likes & Doesn’t Like

12shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Twice a year, Piper Jaffrey (an independent banking company) surveys almost 10,000 teens to discover what they like, what they don’t like, and what they care about. (Respondents are from 42 states; this year, the average respondent’s age was about 16.) The company just released its latest report (Fall,…

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Four Things You Should Watch to Better Understand Generation Z

7shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Today’s blog is from Andrew McPeak. Andrew is a next gen researcher, speaker and the Vice President of Content for Growing Leaders. He is also the co-author of Generation Z Unfiltered: Facing Nine Hidden Challenges of the Most Anxious Population. When I’m on the road and in conversations with…

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The State of Today’s Students Around the World

3shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Three years ago, our organization, Growing Leaders, hosted focus groups of international leaders called Global Voices Gatherings. More than 30 leaders of youth organizations and educational institutions from 10 countries (including Singapore, Great Britain, Brazil, Ethiopia, Mexico, Canada, Egypt, South Africa, Italy, and the United States) joined us in…

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Three Leadership Topics to Discuss with Your Team

6shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Since the beginning of this year, I have experienced new territory as a leader. Change is in the wind. Major change. Our organization, Growing Leaders, endured a plateau in its growth, and some team members moved out of state. It forced our leadership’s team members to examine ourselves in…

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