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Marilyn Price-Mitchell

Developmental Psychologist

Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell is a fellow at the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University and author of Tomorrow’s Change Makers: Reclaiming the Power of Citizenship for a New Generation. Her research focuses on youth development, education, youth civic engagement, and parent-school-community partnerships. Creator of The Compass Advantage, a framework for understanding and applying positive youth development, Dr. Price-Mitchell writes at the intersection of education and child development at Psychology Today and Roots of Action and regularly speaks to audiences of parents and educators. She cofounded the National ParentNet Association (now the WA State Family & Community Engagement Trust) in 2001, a nonprofit devoted to building family, school, and community partnerships that support youth.

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  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Empathy in Action: How Teachers Prepare Future Citizens

    Teachers are uniquely positioned to teach empathy, which will help children not only discover personal success, but also contribute to the betterment of society.
  • Creativity

    Cultivating Creativity in Standards-Based Classrooms

    Even in a highly-structured classroom environment, you can foster creativity with strategies like possibility thinking, divergent thinking, encouraging student interests, and collaborative learning.
  • Character Education

    Teaching for Life Success: Why Resourcefulness Matters

    Teach resourcefulness by applying problem-solving knowledge to new situations and helping students know when to collaborate or work independently.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    Metacognition: Nurturing Self-Awareness in the Classroom

    When students practice metacognition, the act of thinking about their thinking helps them make greater sense of their life experiences and start achieving at higher levels.
  • Character Education

    Creating a Culture of Integrity in the Classroom

    Students develop academic honesty when you build their moral vocabulary, respond appropriately to cheating, use meaningful quotes, and inspire them to believe in themselves.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    8 Pathways to Every Student's Success

    Welcome to our blog series on how to apply the principles of positive youth development: curiosity, sociability, resilience, self-awareness, integrity, resourcefulness, creativity, and empathy.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    Curiosity: The Force Within a Hungry Mind

    Stimulate your students' curiosity by encouraging valuable questions and tinkering, looking for teachable moments, and building lessons around current events and critical thinking.
  • Resilience and Grit

    Does Your Classroom Cultivate Student Resilience?

    Children who develop resilience are better equipped to learn from failure and adapt to change. Teachers should also address parent expectations of success and failure.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    3 Strategies to Foster Sociability

    SEL begins with sociability, which you can encourage by teaching social skills early, creating shared social norms, and engaging students in cooperative learning.

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