Recommended Reading

Summer Reading
The St. Francis School faculty and staff seeks to
embody and inspire intellectual engagement, curiosity, lifelong learning, and a spirit of innovation. To that end, each summer, we engage in professional learning activities. This summer we focused on the areas of DEI, Restorative Practices, Mindfulness, Trauma-Informed Teaching, and Student Engagement. We are happy to share these professional learning resources with you.

2021 Faculty Summer Learning Menu

We are dedicating this page to great education articles. If you find one, please share it with us to post!

Has the Smartphone Destroyed a Generation?The Atlantic, September 2017

Don’t Make Kids Work a Second Shift Just to Finish HomeworkCourier-Journal, August 13, 2017

Let Teens SleepCourier-Journal, July 31, 2017

Ditch the DeskIndy Star, July 31, 2017

Preschoolers need more play and fewer scripted lessons, says early childhood educatorYaleNews, February 9, 2016

How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back OffThe New York Times, January 30, 2016

Myths About Gifted Students, National Association for Gifted Children

The Benefits of Helping Preschoolers Understand and Discuss Their Emotions, KQED News Mindshift, April 13, 2015

The Surprising Amount of Time Kids Spend Looking at ScreensThe Atlantic,  Alexandra Ossola, January

Why teens are impulsive addiction prone and should protect their brains, NPR, January 29, 2015

Joy: A Subject Schools LackThe Atlantic, Susan Engel, January 26, 2015

Better Together: Parenting a Child in an Independent School, Huff Post, December 11, 2014

No Homework Policy Improves Home Life For Younger Students at One CPS School, Chicago Sun-Times, September 14, 2014

But I Want To Do Your Homework, Helping Kids With HomeworkThe New York Times, June 21, 2014

Why Flunking Exams is Actually a Good ThingThe New York Times, September 4, 2014

The Overprotected KidThe Atlantic Monthly, March 19, 2014

How Finland Keeps Kids FocusedThe Atlantic Monthly, June 30, 2014

Laptop Note-Taking: External Brain-Booster or Memory Drain?Education Week Blog, August 27, 2014

The Learning Myth: Why I’ll Never Tell My Son He’s SmartKhan Academy Blog, August 19, 2014

Teaching Teenagers That People Change May Help Prevent DepressionEducation Week Blog, October 6, 2014

Bored? Explore it!, The Innovative Educator, October 15, 2014

Sleep for Teenagers, New York Times, October 20, 2014