Social-Emotional Learning
Learner Agency
Student Success
College & Career
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 examines the adolescent developmental tasks that are key to a healthy life and to successfully navigating the work/learn landscape: reclaiming the potential of the adolescent years; finding self, strengths, and direction; acquiring capability and agency; overcoming trauma and personal challenges; and building relationships and social capital. (October 2017, 3MB)

Report 5 is the last 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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