It is a joy to locate a resource that is helpful to students, their families, and schools in understanding the developmental stage of life we call adolescence.  Laurence Steinberg’s new book,  Age of Opportunity: New Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence is one of those resources.    The evidence for the importance of social-emotional learning in the lives of our young people as a foundation for academic success and beyond is compelling. This is one of the most invigorating reasons why Ravenscroft’s pioneering work on our Lead from Here (LFH) initiative is critically important for student well-being.  Our consistent, systemic, relevant, and developmentally appropriate curriculum offers scaffolding footsteps for our young people to grow in self-awareness, how to lead with others, and how to go about changing their world.

We were fortunate to host on campus today Sandy Costa, global leader, former COO of Quintiles, popular author and a member of Ravenscroft’s Board of Trustees.  His presentation to our Parent Association on the four critical strategies for building trust resonated with the foundations of our LFH initiative.  Leadership is relational.  Teaching young people the skills of managing themselves in relation to others while learning from the challenges posed by our academic program lead by our trained faculty is an opportunity you wouldn’t want to miss.

Here is the video link describing our Citizen-Leader framework. This was co-created in partnership with the Center for Creative leadership (

Framework video

Keep at it.



Susan R. Perry, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Assistant Head of the Upper School for Faculty Development and Student Guidance
919-368-0564  x2715

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