California Department of Education
Taking Center Stage – Act II

Adolescent Development Index

Middle grades students are going through dramatic developmental changes physically, emotionally, and intellectually. These research-based Adolescent Development essays explain the stages of young adolescent development as they pertain to each of the California Department of Education's (CDE) 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success.

Following each essay, the Teaching Tips and Parenting Tips demonstrate how to put the developmental-based strategies into action in the classroom and at home.

Access the essays for each recommendation using the links listed below.

Adolescent Development: Recommendation 1—Rigor

Adolescent Development; Recommendation 2—Instruction, Assessment, and Intervention
Adolescent Development: Recommendation 3—Time

Adolescent Development: Recommendation 4—Relevance

Adolescent Development: Recommendation 5—Relationships

Adolescent Development: Recommendation 6—Transitions

Adolescent Development: Recommendation 7—Access

Adolescent Development: Recommendation 8—Safety, Resilience, and Health

Adolescent Development: Recommendation 9—Leadership

Adolescent Development: Recommendation 10—Professional Learning

Adolescent Development: Recommendation 11— Accountability

Adolescent Development: Recommendation 12—Partnerships

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