Social-Emotional Learning
Student Success
Why Schools Need to Change
Why Schools Need to Change

Today’s learners face an uncertain present and a rapidly changing future that demand far different skills and knowledge than were needed in the 20th century. We also know so much more about enabling deep, powerful learning than we ever did before. Our collective future depends on how well young people prepare for the challenges and opportunities of 21st-century life.

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This report summarizes the close connection between opportunities and relationships. While social capital is traditionally weak among young people in general, growing class segregation is creating a social capital crisis for less advantaged students. A key part of the wayfinding decade is securing social support, developmental relationships, and connections to resources through five types of social capital: Caring Friends & Adults, Near-Peers & Role Models, Mentors & Coaches, Networks & Weak Ties, and Resources & Connectors. (October 2017, 5.5MB)

Report 4 is the fourth of five reports in Part A of the MyWays Student Success Series. Part A, “Adolescence in an Age of Accelerations,” analyzes the real-world changes and conditions that are most acutely impacting young people and outlines key developmental tasks of the adolescent years.

The MyWays Student Success Series examines the through-line of four essential questions for next generation learning and provides research and practice-based support to help school designers and educators to answer these questions. The series consists of 12 reports organized into three parts, plus a Visual Summary and Introduction and Overview. For more on MyWays, visit

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