Reduce stress and improve academic success with this research-backed framework for change
Many American students are overworked, stressed-out, and still underperforming relative to their global peers. Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids gives you the tools you need to begin making immediate changes at your school, in the community, and at home to benefit all kids. It provides a concrete framework to reduce student stress while engaging kids in real learning. The book helps you identify areas for improvement at your school, brainstorm possible solutions, identify potential obstacles, and achieve buy-in from multiple stakeholders, and it outlines the research-based SPACE framework, providing best practices on:
• Students' schedule and use of time
• Project- and problem-based learning
• Alternative and authentic assessments
• Climate of care
• Education of parents, students, and faculty about well-being
Our current fast-paced, high-pressure culture works against everything we know about healthy child development. We all want our kids to do well in school and to master certain skills, but our largely singular focus on academic achievement has resulted in a lack of attention to other components of a successful life—the ability to be independent, ethical, and engaged critical thinkers. Using real-life case studies from schools throughout the country, this book is a guide for change, offering a practical action plan that can be implemented in a single classroom or on a school-wide scale.Overloaded and Underprepared helps educators better prepare students—mentally, emotionally, and academically—to handle the challenges of college and careers.
About the Authors:
DENISE POPE, PHD, is a senior lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education and the co-founder of Challenge Success.
MAUREEN BROWN, MBA, is executive director for Challenge Success, where she oversees daily operations as well as marketing and strategic planning.
SARAH MILES, M.S.W., PHD,is director of research for Challenge Success. She researches how schools and classrooms can best support student learning and engagement.