Every time we wrap up our final issue of the school year, Team Choices immediately goes into self-improvement mode: What problems can we help you solve?

Already thinking about next year? Choices teacher-adviser Amy Lauren Smith—a sixth to eighth grade health teacher at the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China, and the brilliant mind behind our Teacher’s Guide each month—has got the scoop on new resources that'll make planning lessons so much easier.

 

Here's why you should make the switch to skills-based health education, according to a middle school teacher—and a few of her former students. 

Choices teacher-adviser Amy Lauren Smith shares expert advice on fostering a trauma-informed approach to learning.

In the April 2017 issue of Choices, we told the story of Lexi Brock, a multiracial teen who discovered a new sense of purpose while working on a school assignment. Tracy Potash—one of our fantastic teacher advisers and a language arts intervention teacher from Pennington, New Jersey—shares how she used the article to inspire her own students. 

This week, we discuss the how alcohol can harm teens' neural development, the link between marijuana and depression, and more.