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Upcoming Opportunities


The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity in Secondary Schools

Date: Friday March 6th, 2020 from 11-12:30 PM EST

Event: Panel Discussion

Description: The recent National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report ‘The Promise of Adolescence’ reviews the science of adolescent development, and highlights the developmental opportunities of this age. This panel will focus on the implications of this work for the education system and educators who work with students in secondary schools and other formal and informal educational contexts. Featuring three of the scholars who authored the report, the panel will present an overview of the relevant research and its implications for helping educators shape educational settings and practices to optimize learning for young adolescents.

Panelists: Joanna Lee Williams (UVA), Michelle Jackson (Stanford University), Richard Bonnie (UVA), Nancy Deutsch (moderator; UVA).

Next Steps: Join us in person in Charlottesville at UVA's Bavaro Hall, Holloway Hall Rm. 116 (410 Emmett St. S.), or join our livestream (download iCal for livestream)


Remaking Middle School Design Team Next Steps: New Tools for Your School

Date: Tuesday May 12th, 2020 from 4-5 PM EST

Event: Webinar

Next Steps: Register online to receive more information closer to the webinar date



Launching Remaking Middle School Initiative

Remaking Middle School

UVA’s Youth-Nex research center is taking the lead in a multi-year effort to wholly reimagine and remake what middle school can be.

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UVA-Led National Report Finds The Promise of Adolescence is Largely Untapped

Joanna Lee Williams was an author of the latest National Academies report that found adolescence, like infancy, is a critical period of development.

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