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What teachers REALLY want for gifts, and a few "Oh, come on, just give me some ideas of stuff to buy" suggestions. 
The gifts teachers keep are the thank you notes, but you can’t go wrong with a Pi dish.
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My contribution to Brain, Child Magazine's series "This is Adolescence" is up! I present "Fifteen."
By Jessica Lahey Fifteen is protective of his space and his autonomy, but Fifteen loves me. Of that I am certain.   Fifteen isn’t easily impres...
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Making home a safe harbor for kids with learning differences, with big thanks to Katie Hurley and Mona Delahooke for their sage advice. 
When a child’s learning style frustrates her family, everyone needs to learn something different.
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An answer to one mother's question about how we teach math to kids. A great question, with great answers from Tracy Johnston Zager​, Chris Danielson, and Steven Strogatz​. 
Taking math from memorization to problem solving, and getting stuck along the way.
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Time for a laundry reboot in the Lahey house, because even parenting programs can get stuck in infinite loops.
Time for a reboot, because even parenting programs get stuck in infinite loops. 
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What Schools Should Teach Kids About Sex, featuring Karen Rayne, Dan Savage, Jonathan Zimmerman, and Scarleteen.
In America, the subject is often limited to "a smattering of information about [humans'] reproductive organs and a set of stern warnings about putting them to use."
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Reading is Fundamental did something amazing. They wanted to reduce summer slide (summer learning loss) from 80% of kids to 40% of kids, mainly poor kids without access to books. Well, they did that. Consistently, over two years of a study in which they let kids choose and keep books within their reading lexile, and gave teachers support around how to teach those texts in school. Summer learning loss dropped to 37%. But what they did not expect was this: they INCREASED learning (as per Iowa Test of Basic Skills) in 57% of children. The greatest gains were seen in kids in the bottom 10%, kids deemed to have learning problems.

This is huge. HUGE. No, it's not sexy. It's not going to break the internet, but if you understand the cumulative cost of summer learning loss to poor kids, it's a damn miracle.

I love RIF.
Access to good books, a choice in what to read, and book ownership help literacy skills stay strong.
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Kirkus calls The Gift of Failure "An important, thoughtfully balanced book aimed at shifting thinking and providing concrete steps toward encouraging positive—and realistic—self-image development," and I'm black and blue from all the pinching to ensure it's real...
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Bay Area peeps! Come on out to Crystal Springs Uplands School to talk about happy middle school kids with me and Christine Carter, author of The Sweet Spot. It should be fun, and anytime I get to talk about how great middle school kids are, I'm one happy gal.
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Has your teen stopped reading for pleasure? Here are some great tips from Dan Willingham​ on how to entice them back into the pages of a book. Also, I offer some great non-YA book recommendations for teens! 
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I'm speaking tonight in NYC at Resurrection Episcopal Day School. Come on out to hear about how autonomy, competence and the gift of failure can help kids learn, thrive, and succeed! 

Refreshments at 6:30, speaking from 7-8. 
REDS Speaker Series: Jessica Lahey. March 30, 2015. Hors d'oeuvre will be served at 6:30pm. Speaking will begin at 7pm. Jessica Lahey After a decade of teaching, Jessica Lahey realized that her students were arriving in her classroom less competent, less creative, less resourceful, ...
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This week's Parent-Teacher Conference features the wonderful Daniel T. Willingham, sharing his wisdom about "What Not to Worry About in Teaching Young Children to Read."
Starting reading instruction early doesn’t yield an advantage to comprehension.
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I write about teaching and parenting at the New York Times, The Atlantic, Vermont Public Radio, and at www.jessicalahey.com.
Education
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Law, 1999
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Comparative Literature, 1992
  • Dover-Sherborn High School
    1988