It's 2017, and we're back with our first teen news update of the year!

Editor's Note: Many of you have written to us for help answering questions about gender identity in your classroom. Whether you're addressing this complex issue in a lesson or simply need to support a student one-on-one, we hope this Tough Topics Guide will give you the background you need. Special thanks to The Trevor Project for helping us put it together.

Editor's Note: In our back-page advice column called Life Skills Made Easy, we tackle a different question each month, sourced straight from our Teen Advisory Board members--or your students! (They can go here to submit their questions.) The goal is to provide teens with the simple, doable strategies that will help them succeed in school and in life.

Editor's Note: Su Nottingham has taught Family & Consumer Science, Sexuality, and Health & Physical Education at both the secondary and university level. The Choices team took part in her workshop at the 2015 Society for Health & Physical Educators (SHAPE) Conference, and we were floored by the power of this game, which teaches the tenets of healthy and unhealthy relationships. We're so excited to share it with you as a support activity complementing our feature on teen dating abuse in the February issue!
This article on grit and growth mindset is guaranteed to appeal to everyone in your class—from the status-obsessed perfectionist, to your most academically challenged student.

New federal survey data shows that today's teens are consuming fewer illicit drugs.