The Critical Thinking Community is a website with much to explore about how to teach students critical thinking. This is an area of education that is often ignored. Every grad level is included on this website. They include lesson plans, and there is a section on homeschooling. They also discuss the Common Core State Standards and learning.
Focus Adolescent Services is for the many teenagers struggle with learning problems and low self-esteem due to retention and a variety of reasons. The website addresses problems facing families with troubled, at-risk teens. It is an internet clearinghouse providing information and resources on a variety of teen and family issues. The Focus Adolescent Services Helpline is an information and referral service for troubled teens. It is not a general crisis hotline, but rather an information gathering resource. A directory to local and national hotlines and help is provided.
Focus Adolescent Services Helpline (M-F 9am to 5pm ET) 410-341-4216
National Dropout Prevention Center/Network has a lot of information about this serious issue. While professionals may disagree about how many students are dropping out of school, it is still problematic for teens or the family of the teen dropping out. This organization was started in 1986 and continues to be a clearinghouse of research, evaluation projects, publications and professional development activities. NDPC/N focuses on improving “academic, social, work, and healthy life skill” activities to help students stay in school and lead productive lives. State and local agencies are noted along with additional resources. Grant information is also provided. There are plenty of links to helpful information for any professional or parent concerned with this problem.
National Dropout Prevention Center
209 Martin Street
Clemson, SC 29631-1655
Voice: (864) 656-2599
Fax: (864) 656-0136
Teen Mental Health is a website with resources to assist families and teens and educators etc. While the site is from Canada, the information might help anyone concerned with this issue. The site covers the following topics:
- Teen Behavior
- The Teen Brain
- Fighting Stigma
- Brain Injury: What You Need to Know
- Impact of Mental Health
- Mental Disorders
- Presentations and Publications
Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health
IWK Health Centre – Maritime Psychiatry
5850 University Avenue, P.O. Box 9700
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3K 6R8
Phone: (902) 470-6598c
WISE Services assists seniors with individualized research projects that focus on “real-world experiences. This is refreshing since high school students sometimes find themselves facing, as the organization states, “senior slump.” What I really like about this group is that it connects older students with individuals in the community who will assist with mentoring the students. This could lead to some beneficial connections for students concerning future careers, and it could also help students learn more about those in the community–a win win situation.
29 Old Tarrytown Road
White Plains, NY 10603