Generation Z–as with any generation–is living in a new “narrative.” In today’s world, kids are growing up in a time that is both exhilarating and frightening for them. This is causing changes that can be difficult to understand. In fact, they are so different from older generations that parents and adult leaders can feel both frustrated with them and fearful

Emotional intelligence in students has become a front and center issue for so many educators across America. Any student struggling with anxiety or depression will benefit from what educators now describe as: Social Emotional Learning or S.E.L. This topic is taking the K-12 educational world by storm, as a growing number of administrators recognize that students may be hindered from mastering reading,

The Director of Student Athlete Development at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Chris Everett, is interviewed by Growing Leaders' Director of Strategic Partnership, JT Thoms. Chris Everett shares about his past experiences of being a student athlete and his role in the development of current student athletes. Enjoy this interview as they talk about some of the problems

Another critical movie was released over the weekend. It’s a movie I recommend everyone see -- especially if you care about kids and the future of American education. It’s called: “Waiting For Superman.” It's the documentary everyone's talking about. It tells a gripping story about the state of public school systems in America, told through the eyes of five hopeful students.

Last week, the New York Times ran an article called, “What is it About Twenty-Somethings?” It was a treatment of the rising population who are aptly called “emerging adults” by author Jeffrey Jensen Arnett. You can find the article here on lemondrop. The article cleverly shares 10 clues that you really are a twenty-something, including: You plan to move back home

Muscle atrophy. We all know someone who broke an arm or leg, and had it in a cast for four to six weeks. When the cast is removed -- the muscles underneath are deformed and reduced. It’s called “disuse muscular atrophy.” When muscles are not used or exerted, they shrink. This phenomenon has been studied widely in astronauts who experience

I just met with a superintendent and her associate for a school district event in Georgia. My respect for them went up as we talked. We found ourselves drifting to the topic of student success and the ineffectiveness of schools today. As educators, I suspected they might be a bit defensive. They were not in the least. In fact, they got

Here is my third concern for the year 2030. For my first concern, click here, and for my second concern, click here. 3. Immediate responses they receive for any craving or inquiry they express. Receiving instant response to any and all requests is not healthy for any human being, yet we’ve all become accustomed to it. By and large, our

Here is my second concern for the year 2030. 2.  The homogenous interactions limited to their own age group. I mention this one in a previous post. It used to be that students attended a one-room schoolhouse. While there are some downsides to this environment, one of the upsides is that they were forced to interact all the time with younger kids

I am intrigued by this word below. It is word #5 that describes the world that adolescents are growing up in today. This word describes their world from early childhood onward. This blog post is one of a series of six. I’d like to hear what you think. Their world is programmed. Generation iY kids (born since 1990) are seldom required

Keeping students satisfied is not the same as helping them succeed Written by: Jerry Pattengale As I swished my long jump shot, the packed gym roared. Suddenly I was very alone. They were the wrong fans, and that was the wrong basket. There was nowhere to hide. In the celebrated Indiana state basketball tournament, I had earned legendary status in an instant, for all

What a difference five years makes. When social scientists began assessing Generation Y (The Millennials born between 1984-2002), their prospects were bright. We began reading about them a decade ago, when authors Howe and Strauss touted their confident attitudes, self-esteem and optimism. Jobs were readily available as commerce was still booming for the most part. Today—not so much. Our nation is in

This month, I feel like a politician on a campaign trail. I am doing a total of seventeen speaking events, locally and on the road—speaking to students, teachers, executives and administrators about leading the next generation. It is both exhilarating and exhausting. So far, I’ve done five events…and experienced two flight cancellations, three flight delays and several nights where

I just finished doing some staff training with a great group of leaders who serve in a non-profit organization. They work with young adult volunteers between 17 and 25 years old. During our discussion, one of the staff members told me that her roommate is an elementary school teacher who was also going through training as an educator. What she told

I love working with students. I believe in this next generation of kids--the ones born between 1984 and 2002. Whatever you choose to call them, Millennials, Generation Y, the Digital Generation, their sheer size and demographic are destined to transform our culture, as they become adults. Social scientists believe they will be the largest generation in American history, somewhere between

I just finished speaking at a conference in Orlando. The event is called: "First Year Experience." It's attended by deans and directors who program for first year students at universities across the country. This was my second year experience at the First Year Experience event. :o) In my session, I suggested something that launched a little discussion. I reminded attendees that

Every now and then, you just get inspired. Last Thursday, I spoke at a leadership conference at Auburn University. It was hosted by student leaders on campus for potential Auburn students coming from high schools all over the South. Four of us from our "Growing Leaders" office drove over from Atlanta to be part of this. We suspected this would be

There's been a fire burning inside of me for more than two years. As I travel, I hear so many complaints and compliments about this next generation of kids. Some call them Millennials, others call them Generation Y, the Digital Generation, Sunshine Kids, MTV Generation, Screenagers, et all. What strikes me is the disparity on the comments I hear. Many adults