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HGSE News: P Is for Partnership

“‘Sesame Street taught us to have courage, to reach out to people — or Muppets — who might look different,’ she said. The urgency for that work is even greater now, said [Dean] Long, highlighting the research that continues to illuminate our understanding of child development, via the Center for the Developing Child, the Making Caring Common Project, and the Zaentz Early Education Initiative.”

HGSE Dean Bridget Long highlighted Making Caring Common in her speech honoring the 50-year partnership between Sesame Workshop and Harvard.

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The Washington Post: Students in high-achieving schools are now named an 'at-risk' group, study says

"Children are so saturated with messages about achievement in many schools and communities that parents need to be really conscious about fighting against those messages at home.” —Rick Weissbourd

In this piece for The Washington Post, Jennifer Breheny Wallace spoke with Rick Weissbourd about emerging research that has found that students in “high-achieving schools” are at risk for behavioral and mental health problems.

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The Washington Post: The truth about college admissions — from college admissions deans

“College admission is NOT about finding the one ‘right’ college for you, but discovering the many — across multiple levels of selectivity — that will welcome you and challenge you to grow as a student and a person.” — Bill Conley, vice president for enrollment management, Bucknell University

In this piece for The Washington Post, Brennan Barnard shares insights from college admissions deans.

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USA Today: Talking to kids about El Paso, Dayton shootings? Use the 4 S's to discuss cruel violence

“‘You don’t want to deny or stamp out how a child is feeling,’ Weissbourd said. If they're anxious, ask why, he said. ‘It could be because they’re afraid it could happen at their school. Or at your workplace. Or it could be about guns. It’s important to do some exploring first.’”

USA Today provides advice to parents on how to talk to their children about mass shootings and other tragic events.

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Forbes: Finding Common Joy In College Admission

“Though it might not happen overnight, hopefully this emphasis on joy and integrity will create a more meaningful and fulfilling experience for applicants and will center the college search on the value and transformative power of higher education.”

In this piece for Forbes, Making Caring Common’s Brennan Barnard writes about the Common App and how they want to inspire joy in the college admissions process.

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The Washington Post: A different 2019 summer reading list

“Too often, students applying to college focus on stuffing their résumé with a laundry list of activities and courses at the expense of the larger question of whom they want to be as a human. Summer provides a great opportunity to explore these questions and step back from the routine.”

Making Caring Common’s Brennan Barnard compiled a list of summer reading recommendations from high school college admissions counselors as well as college admissions deans. Check it out in The Washington Post.

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Gangster Capitalism: Watershed Moment | The College Admissions Scandal

“In a way, the college admission process is the only rite of passage we have for many people. It is an incredible time to get to know your kid better, to help them dig into what really matters to them.”

Making Caring Common’s Rick Weissbourd speaks with Andrew Jenks on the Gangster Capitalism podcast about the college admissions scandal and the future of college admissions.

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