Spring greetings!

Last week, education activists “occupied” the U.S. Department of Education protesting, among other things, high-stakes testing—a known cause of incredible stress to educators and students alike.

Schools probably won’t stop relying on standardized tests anytime soon, but we can reduce the toll they take on our mental health. Here are some recommendations for lessening the stress of students, teachers, and administrators.

This past month, we also reviewed Emily Bazelon’s new book, Sticks and Stones, which explores the perspectives of both bullies and the bullied, and focuses on ways to minimize bullying.

Finally, an excerpt from Louis Cozolino’s book The Social Neuroscience of Education reveals nine things educators need to know about the brain.

Warmest regards, 

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.
Education Director, Greater Good Science Center

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