NPS Community Forum - Thursday, March 3, 2022
On Thursday, March 3, 2022, the Newton Public Schools held an informative community meeting with Phyllis Fagel, author of Middle School Matters. You can view a recording of the event here:
Please note! The recording will only be available until Friday, March 11, 2022. Please view it prior to that time.
Here are a few additional resources that were shared during the Question and Answer portion of the meeting:
Middle School Matters by Phyllis Fagell
Building Middle Schoolers' Resilience and Confidence
Through stories, research and her professional experience, Phyllis will offer parents a menu of practical strategies that will help tweens and teens acquire the key skills they need to manage the social complexity, academic challenges and intense emotions that characterize this critical phase. The added challenges inherent in raising our children through a pandemic, the influence of social media, and the increase in mental health issues will also be covered.
Phyllis is the school counselor at Sheridan School in Washington, DC, a therapist who works with kids and families in private practice, and an author and journalist. She's the author of “Middle School Matters” and a frequent contributor to the Washington Post. She also writes for Psychology Today, CNN, Working Mother, U.S. News & World Report and Your Teen, and her ideas have been shared in outlets including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker and NPR. Phyllis lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband and three children. She grew up in Newton and attended Ward Elementary School, Frank A. Day Junior High and Newton North High School. Please visit her website to learn more about her work.