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The Glen Rock School District is recognized among the best, not only in New Jersey, but in the country. In recent years, it has received numerous accolades and appeared in the top tier of a number of well-respected surveys of successful public school districts. Having one of the top performing high schools in the state, Glen Rock is extremely proud of the accomplishments of its students and staff. That said, the district also recognizes that the pursuit of excellence can come at a cost. There is a critical need for maintaining balance in the lives of our youth. The "pressure cooker" of competing in today's competitive global arena begins early in a child's educational career and continues well beyond graduation. 

The Glen Rock Board of Education, in conjunction with Superintendent Dr. Paula Valenti and senior administration, has launched "Journey to Somewhere," a multi-faceted, dynamic initiative aimed at providing students - with assistance from their parents and teachers - with the tools necessary to achieve their own personal success through a healthy, well-balanced experience. 

As part of this initiative, the district will utilize this page as a platform to showcase related activities in our classrooms, public events, appropriate links, and suggested reading materials, among other things. Please visit this page often for updates and additions.


 
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Media Rules in the Digital Age
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We were thrilled to welcome nearly 1,400 parents, educators, and students to Stanford on September 30th for our largest parent education event of the year, Media Rules: Healthy Connections in the Digital Age, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair. A full recording of the program is now available on YouTube.

With the event title, Media Rules, we played on three different definitions of the word rules as it relates to media:
  1. Media is cool; it's awe-inspiring; it’s a positive force — it rules.
  2. What are the rules of media to follow in order to maintain balance, safety, and health for your family?
  3. Media rules all of our lives. It can feel overwhelming and all-encompassing in everything we do.
Though it was an ambitious topic to fully cover in a 1.5 hour program, Dr. Steiner-Adair, along with our Co-Founders, Dr. Denise Pope and Dr. Madeline Levine, provided our community with important research and offered specific advice on how to navigate the media revolution — see below for two lists that highlight some of our favorite takeaways from the event.

Tips to Manage Media

  1. Restrict the use of devices in the car. Car rides offer a great opportunity for conversation with our children. When parents talk on the phone while driving with kids, we inadvertently tell them that a conversation with the person on the other end of the phone is more important than an in-person discussion with them.


  1. Prohibit devices at the dinner table; this is sacred family time which should be preserved.


  1. Talk with your children about appropriate online conduct. Many adults are naive about their children’s exposure to harmful online behavior. Even if your own children’s usage is benign, it’s likely that they have observed poor behavior by others.


  1. Don’t text your kids during the day at school; it’s distracting. It makes children anxious when parents innocently text, "How'd you do on the test, honey?" This takes away their independence and the parent-child separation they deserve during school time.


  1. Avoid reaching for your phone first thing in the morning. What you see in your inbox instantly frames your day and doesn't allow you the opportunity to create your own agenda — it immediately places you in a reactive mode.


  1. Have your kids disengage from technology at least 30 minutes, preferably an hour, before bed. The blue light that devices emit stimulates the retina and decreases the brain's production of melatonin, which makes falling asleep more difficult.


  1. Set a time in the evening by which all devices are out of the bedroom. Not only will your teenagers get more sleep, but this “curfew” will help support time management skills.


  1. Teenagers (and adults) should not use their phones as alarm clocks. If a phone is by their bedside, they will be tempted to respond to texts and social media, which will delay or interrupt sleep.


  1. Through middle school, look through your children’s texts and let them know you’re doing it. Don’t view this as policing, but rather trying to give them perspective that their online activity is never truly private.


  1. Be curious; don’t stick your head in the sand out of fear of finding out what your kids are doing online. Display interest and create a dialogue — they are often doing something productive and would value your genuine interest and support.

Be sure to view the entire video for more information and insight, and feel free to share the link with friends and family. Refer to the following timestamps to help guide you through the recording:
6:00
Introduction of program by Co-Founders
Dr. Denise Pope and Dr. Madeline Levine
19:00
Keynote address by Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair
55:14
Student speaker, Hannah Thompson,
Dover-Sherborn Public High School
1:02:02
Student vignettes and interactive panel discussion
Strategies for Healthy, Well-Balanced Kids and Stronger Schools
At Challenge Success, we believe that our society has become too focused on grades, test scores, and performance, leaving little time for kids to develop the necessary skills needed to become resilient, ethical, and engaged learners. We provide schools and families with the information and strategies they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for their kids. Learn more about our impact and how to support our mission. Challenge Success is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Stanford University Graduate School of Education.
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By Popular Demand: It just got easier to bring Denise Pope and
Challenge Success to your school!

We are pleased to announce that our most popular parent education workshops are now available for purchase in pre-recorded formats. These recordings are hosted by Dr. Denise Pope, a nationally recognized expert on education and student well-being and Co-Founder of Challenge Success, a non- profit organization affiliated with Stanford’s Graduate School of Education. We know there is a great demand for high-quality parent education, and Dr. Pope’s video presentations offer the same professional, research-based, interactive content that she delivers to communities across the country but in a cost effective and convenient format that all schools can access.

The Well-Balanced Student
This presentation examines the tensions that can occur between students, parents, and educators over issues such as grades, academic pressure, and the culture of competition. Includes an audience participation time management exercise, and is available for both K-8 and high school parent audiences.

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Making Homework Work: The Parent’s Role
Learn how the dynamics of homework have changed in recent years, what you can do to minimize homework stress, and how to help make homework time more positive for you and your child. Includes homework scenarios for the audience to discuss during the presentation, and is available for K-8 parent audiences.
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Benefits of this New Parent Ed Platform
· Receive information directly from Denise Pope a Senior Lecturer at Stanford University and one of the most sought-after, nationally recognized experts on education and student well-being.
· Schedule the days and times to best fit your community.
· Show multiple times over the course of a six-week period.
· Start a dialogue about student well-being at your school.

Parent Reviews
"Thank you for your profound words and actionable solutions. It has resulted in my family being stronger and my children more confident."

"I think your work is vital to combatting anxieties in both students and parents."

“I thought the recording was very well done and that Dr. Pope did an outstanding job presenting the material. It was very engaging and easy to follow.”


At Challenge Success, we believe that our society has become too focused on grades, test scores, and
performance, leaving little time for kids to develop the necessary skills to become resilient, ethical, and motivated learners. We provide schools and families with the information and strategies they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for their kids. Learn more about our impact, how to support our mission, and our book, Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids.



Common Sense Media
We have added a link (at right) to the website for Common Sense Media, an initiative dedicated to "...helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives."

Please take a moment to explore the site. It contains much useful information on helping children to safely navigate the increasingly complex world of technology and media in which they live.

We would like to thank parent Mrs.Janet Romano for joining us
on our 'Journey to Somewhere' by contributing this valuable suggestion.

BOOK CLUB
Please check this section regularly for relevant books and other reading materials.
Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

by NY Times columnist Frank Bruni

IN THE NEWS
Speaker discusses 'The Balanced Student' - from the Glen Rock Gazette, March 13, 2015
ARTICLE REPRINTS
Click here to read "Journey to Somewhere" from the September, 2014 Back-to-School edition of Rock Talk.
Click here to read "The Benefits of Balance" from the December edition of Rock Talk.
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