Is your school a sanctuary?

Is your school a sanctuary?

Is your school a sanctuary?  As we return to school for our new year, there’s an idea that I’d like to stress which I heard from my friend and colleague Dr. Stephanie Eberts. I was interviewing her for my upcoming book, which focuses on resolving school conflict, and...
A Message to My Educator Friends… Hold On!

A Message to My Educator Friends… Hold On!

All of the good that you have done this year still exists.  This year has probably been crazy for many of you, and now as it comes to a close, the country has been hit with yet another school catastrophe. There is no combination of words that could possibly articulate...
Two Simple Ideas That Will Help Support Teachers

Two Simple Ideas That Will Help Support Teachers

Two Simple Ideas That Will Help Support Teachers  With the school year finish line in sight, teacher appreciation efforts are in full swing. I just donated some money to our room parents to help purchase gifts for our kids’ teachers. I am sure you are doing the...
Use This Activity to Create Solidarity in Your School

Use This Activity to Create Solidarity in Your School

Create Solidarity in Your School Through a Common Goal  For this blog, you will need a piece of paper and a pen or pencil. Got it? Great. Let’s get started. First, imagine the perfect school. Take a moment to really think about it. Walk the halls, observe the people,...
Building School Culture Through Doing Less

Building School Culture Through Doing Less

Building School Culture Through Doing Less Thanks to TEEN TRUTH’s assembly programs, I’ve had the opportunity to personally visit 1,200+ schools. I’ve made a lot of friends, and had a lot of fun along the way. One thing I’ve noticed is that some schools just feel...
Rebuilding School Culture? We’re Going to Make It!

Rebuilding School Culture? We’re Going to Make It!

Rebuilding School Culture? We’re Going to Make It! Most of the time this blog contains a handy list of actions, or a tip on how to nudge school culture toward a more positive place. Most of the time, I’ll bet you try to do it. Even if you don’t always try every little...
The Ultimate Guide to School Conflict Resolution

The Ultimate Guide to School Conflict Resolution

The Ultimate Guide to School Conflict Resolution As I travel the country, I continue to hear how COVID has affected our students, staff, and parents.They are hurting, we are hurting, and our schools are hurting. What is the old saying? “Hurt people, hurt people.”...
TEEN TRUTH: Film Festival – Open for Submissions

TEEN TRUTH: Film Festival – Open for Submissions

TEEN TRUTH: Film Festival – Open for Submissions If you know me, you know that I love movies! They are a huge part of my story and the reason TEEN TRUTH has been able to grow into the school culture movement that it is today. When we started TEEN TRUTH we simply...
Time to Take Care of Yourself  ❤️

Time to Take Care of Yourself ❤️

Time to Take Care of Yourself As the holiday season approaches, it has become a tradition to give my most important advice to all of you folks working in education: take time to take care of yourself. All of you have experienced a seemingly endless list of challenges...
No Good Deed is Too Small When Building School Culture

No Good Deed is Too Small When Building School Culture

No Good Deed is Too Small When Building School Culture November has arrived, and the momentum of the school year has all of us sailing along once again. Due dates are marching toward us, and the often uphill battle of working in education can put even the most...
Free SEL Films to Use in Class or at School

Free SEL Films to Use in Class or at School

Free SEL Films to Use in Class or at School Every year we sponsor the TEEN TRUTH: FILM FESTIVAL. This is our chance to feature student voice and the power of filmmaking! We receive student films from all over the world and select the very best ones for you to use on...
Free SEL Films to Use in Class or at School

TEEN TRUTH: FILM FEST – 2021 Winners!

BLOOM”Teen Truth” Award Winner RAT LOVER”Open Competition” Award Winner BENEATH THE SKIN”My Truth” Award Winner COMPLIMENTING COWBOYS”Founders” Award Winner Click Here to Learn About Next Year's...
Are you truly listening to your students?

Are you truly listening to your students?

School Culture: The Value of Listening to Your Students As we cautiously step forward from summer into fall, we’re faced with a daunting task. Namely, we must find a way to rebuild our school culture. Prior to Covid, I traveled around the country helping hundreds of...
New Vaping Film from TEEN TRUTH

New Vaping Film from TEEN TRUTH

New Vaping Film from TEEN TRUTH for Schools & Teens Principals, counselors, and students have often asked me to produce a TEEN TRUTH film on vaping. As someone who works in schools, I know that this is a huge issue for our students as well as the adults who care...
3 Simple Ideas That Can Build School Culture!

3 Simple Ideas That Can Build School Culture!

3 Simple Strategies That Can Build School Culture! Jared Scott, Caleb Campbell, and I have been on the road helping schools kick off their school year and the #1 strategy that we love to use to build school culture and empower student voice is our leadership summit...
Childhood Anxiety: How To Help Teens Cope

Childhood Anxiety: How To Help Teens Cope

As an LMFT school clients, parents, and teens are always asking me about ways to help teens come with childhood anxiety.  Here is the deal… The teen years can be a difficult time for even the most well-adjusted child, and when school, dating, and pressure to get...
Have you set your intention for this year?

Have you set your intention for this year?

Have you set your intention for this school year? Seems like our world is at a fevered pitch right now. School board meetings are erupting. Students are working hard to get back to normal. And teachers are doing everything they can to push forward. Between COVID,...
Student Leadership Activities & Lessons

Student Leadership Activities & Lessons

Are you looking for fun, engaging, and educational student leadership activities? TEEN TRUTH is here to help!  Over the years, our team has developed valuable student leadership materials and programs for our Student Leadership Summit. We are happy to share some of...
Hiring High School Guest Speakers in 2021

Hiring High School Guest Speakers in 2021

The main goal for a guest speaker isn’t just to create a dialogue for a particular topic but also to motivate and offer real-world advice that could significantly impact students during and after high school. Guest speakers offer enlightened perspectives on tough...
Specific Strategies that Build Self-Driven Students

Specific Strategies that Build Self-Driven Students

Learn Specific Strategies that Build Self-Driven Children with Dr. William Strixrud Did you watch the interview I posted last week with Ned Johnson, the co-author of The Self-Driven Child? He offered some amazing insight into why building self-driven children is so...
Are you building self-driven students?

Are you building self-driven students?

Learn How to Build Self-Driven Students with Ned Johnson For an upcoming virtual event, one of our clients asked me for advice on how to encourage her remote learning students to show up while at home. It has been a struggle these last few weeks as more and more...
The Value of The Self-Driven Child

The Value of The Self-Driven Child

TEEN TRUTH’s JC Pohl was able to visit with Dr. William Strixrud and Ned Johnson, co-authors of the popular book The Self-Driven Child. Watch below to learn how educators, counselors, and parents can work together to build self-driven students! Interview #1...
Free Parents Night Program in this Post

Free Parents Night Program in this Post

Guess what? We hosted a virtual parents’ night last month in Washington that was simply amazing! Not only did I have the opportunity to teach our 5 Keys to Building Resilient Students, but the PTA also hosted a phenomenal roundtable discussion with principals and...
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