Check out the links below to access current research and latest discussions on child development, neuroscience, behaviour, academic performance, social-emotional learning, and much more!


  • A.Svitak. 2010. What adults can learn from kids? Tedx Talk Video. Retrieved from:

    Description: Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

  • R.Pierson .2015. Every kid needs a Champion. Tedx Talk Video. Retrieved from:

    Description: Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids". Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like." A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

  • G. Vilariño. 2015. How Argentina’s blind soccer team became champions. Tedx Video. Retrieved from:

    Description: For many students, mastering a tough school subject can seem like an impossible challenge. If your classroom is in need of a pep talk, share this captivating true story from lawyer and coach Gonzalo Vilariño’s TED Talk. Vilariño outlines the improbable success of Argentina’s blind soccer team, who went on to become two-time world champs, thanks to their determination and fierce belief in their own abilities.

  • A.Holmes. 2018. How I save children from bullies. BBC News. Retrieved from:

    Description: Alex Holmes suffered severe racial bullying when at school. Now he's been recognized by the Queen for his efforts to wipe out bullying.​

  • Chellman, A.C. Tedx Talk – Gaming to re-engage boys in learning. Retrieved from:

  • Haims, Julie. How to raise successful kids without overparenting. Video retrieved from:

  • LaPlante, L. (2014). Hackschooling makes me happy. TEDx Talk. Retrieved from:

    Description: These TED Talks provide more insight on the different techniques educators and parents can use to engage boys into their learning and development of the CQ skills.

  • MacDonald, B. TEDxUBC. Boy smarts: Making sense of learning for boys. Retrieved from:

  • Teller, A. (2016). The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure. TED Talk. Retrieved from:

  • Pink, D. (2009). The puzzle of motivation. TED Talk. Retrieved from:

  • Duckworth, A.L. (2013) Grit: The power of passion and perseverance. TED Talk. Retrieved from:

    Description: The TED Talks from both Daniel Pink and Angela Lee Duckworth explore the important life skill tools of adaptability, grit, and the importance of coaching children on how to persevere through challenges and obstacles.​

  • Kang, S. (2014). What one skill leads to an awesome life? TEDx Kelowna Talk. Retrieved from:

    Description: My TEDx Talk covers the consequences of everyday pressures and the one skill that can help us restore a balanced lifestyle.

    Scholarly Articles

  • Thomson K., Oberle E. , Gadermann A. , Guhn M., Rowcliffe P. , Schonert-Reichl K. (2017). Journal of applied Development Psychology. Measuring social-emotional development and well-being in middle childhood: The middle Years Development Instrument. Retrieved from: Measuring_socialemotional_development_in_middle_childhood_The_Middle_Years_Development_Instrument

    Description: This paper discusses the conceptualization, development, validation, and application of the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) – a population-based child self-report tool that assesses children's social- emotional development and well-being in the context of their home, school, and neighborhood.

  • Oberle, E. Schonert-Reichl, K. & Matson J,L. (2017). Handbook of Social Behavior and Skills in Children. Social and emotional learning: Rescent research and practical strategies to promote social and emotional competence in schools. Retrieved from :

    Description: Social-emotional learning (SEL) in schools is a fast-growing field of research and practice that is aimed at teaching children and adolescents core social and emotional competencies that are linked to trajectories of health and success in life.

  • Oberle E. (2017). Journal of School Health. Early adolescent emotional wellbeing in the classroom: The role of personal and contextual assets. Retrieved from:

    Description: The objective of this journal was to predict early adolescents' emotional well-being from personal and contextual assets in the classroom. Emotional well-being is a key indicator of health. Aligned with the positive youth development (PYD) framework, a supportive classroom environment and positive relationships with teachers and peers were contextual assets in the present study; positive self-concept was a personal asset.

  • C.Willard (2017) Help Your Kids Let Go of Stuff. Raising Resilience: The Wisdom and Science of Happy Families and Thriving Children. Retrieved from:

    Description: This article focuses on raising resilient children by engaging children’s imagination and natural compassion to help them live a simpler, more mindful life.

  • Skenazy, L. ,& Haidt, J. (2017). The Fragile Generation: Bad policy and paranoid parenting are making kids too safe to succeed. Retrieved from

    Description: How did we come to think a generation of kids can't handle the basic challenges of growing up? This article looks at how we as parents, schools and a society have become so over protective of children when it comes to their safety and play.

  • R.G.Saadé, D.Morin, & J.D.E. Thomas, (2012). Vol 28: 1608-1617. Computers in Human Behavior: Critical Thinking in E-Learning Environments. Retrieved from

    Description: One of the primary aims of higher education in today’s information technology enabled classroom is to make students more active in the learning process. This article presents the work and results of critical thinking in a virtual learning environment.

  • Z.Bagdasarov, Y.Luo, & W.Wu. (2017) Vol 49, Issue 1-2. Journal of Research on Technology in Education. The Influence of Tablet-Based Technology on the Development of Communication and Critical Thinking Skills: An Interdisciplinary Study. Retrieved from:

    Description: This study to explores the impacts of tablet technology in a college classroom on students' perceptions of their own learning. Findings indicated that tablet usage contributed to a positive effect on dimensions of critical thinking.

  • Tulane University of Social Work, 2018. Guide to Cyberbullying Awareness. Retrieved from

    Description: Highlights the prevalence of cyberbullying among K-12 kids, how to understand the signs and types of online bullying and mental health services available for victims. 70% of kids have witnessed some form of cyberbullying with most victims never reporting abuse.

  • Farhat, T., & Simons-Morton, B. (2010). Recent findings on peer group influence on substance abuse. Retrieved from

    Description: The “Recent findings on peer group influence on substance abuse” focuses on the influence of peer groups on adolescent decisions about substance abuse (i.e. smoking), and indicates how peer influence can act as a strong force on an adolescent boy’s future-ready skills of communication, collaboration, and critical-thinking.

  • Phelan, P. Cao, H.T., Davidson, A. L., (1992). Navigating the Psycho/Social Pressures of Adolescence: The Voices and Experiences of High School Youth. Retrieved from

    Description: In this qualitative research study, “Navigating the Psycho/Social Pressures of Adolescence: The voices and experiences of high school youth”, offers an insight on the pressures, conditions, and circumstances that can affect student stress levels and their ability to focus in school.

  • Anne M. Sebanc, Susan L. Pierce, Carol L. Cheatham and Megan R. Gunnar, 2003. General Social Worlds in Preschool: Dominance, Peer Acceptance and Assertive Social Skills in Boys’ and Girls’ Peer Groups Retrieved from

    Description: This research study sheds more light on peer influence and the varying differences of social assertiveness between boys and girls in preschool.​

  • Brown, G. Effective teaching (Chapter 13). Retrieved from

    Teaching Boys: A Relational Puzzle by Miriam B. Raider-Roth, Marta K. Albert, Ingrid Bircann-Barkey, Eric Gidseg & Terry Murray

    Description: Explore these scholarly articles to discover evidence-based research on different teaching, coaching, and pedagogical theories that can be applied to boys motivation and CQ development.