30 Sep 2020

The Well-Balanced Student


September 30, 2020;    2:00pm – 3:30pm via Zoom
presented by Jon Kleiman from Challenge Success

This is a workshop for library staff from Challenge Success, a non-profit organization affiliated with Stanford University.


Do families visiting your library seem highly stressed by academic pressure? Do you know teens who fear they are failures if they don’t get accepted to their dream college? Do you know youth who seem so disconnected from school that they have given up? Do you know kids who are so pressured by academics that they don’t have time to just be kids?

The Youth Mental Health Working Group, with funding from Pacific Library Partnership (PLP) is offering this Zoom workshop from Challenge Success to help library staff better serve families experiencing negative effects from school stress.

From ChallengeSuccess.org:

When we are too focused on grades and performance, we deny our children the time and energy they need to tackle the demanding work of growing up. In this presentation, you’ll learn how you can establish a healthier environment for K-12 students, reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement, and increase children’s resilience, creativity, and well-being.”

The workshop will also touch on college admissions.

The college admissions process can be a source of stress and anxiety for students and parents alike. Are students who attend more selective colleges better off later in life? What is college “fit” and why does it matter?

Challenge Success is a non-profit affiliated with Stanford University – Graduate School of Education. Since 2007, Challenge Success has worked with over 450 school communities around the US and other countries “to embrace a broad definition of success and to implement research-based strategies that promote student well-being and engagement with learning.”



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