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Identify at least five issues that are faced by students today that impact achievement.

Identify the developmental impact of each issue.

Research and provide resources that are directly related to the issue and are aligned to the developmental goals for students. These are resources a parent or teacher could use to learn more about the issue and how to address the impact of the issue.  These are NOT the resources used in your research.

I will include a rubric and a sample presentation that you can use for inspiration.
It must have 5 issues and research and resources for each issue.

Criteria Pts


Issue Identified
Identifies at least 5 issues facing
students today, includes the complexity
of each issue

Identifies at least 5 issues facing
students, captures some of the
complexity of each issue

Less than 5 issues are identified,
and/or there is a lack of
complexity of the issue

10 pts


Clearly identifies the impact of each
issue; how the issue affects the
achievement of the student, behavior in
the classroom, and any other
developmental impact; recognizes the
complexity of impact in multiple areas

Identifies the impact of each issue,
and correctly identifies cognitive,
affective and physical impacts of
the issue on the student

Recognizes some impacts of the
issues on student learning

10 pts

Resources for

Resources are directly related to the
issue and aligned to developmental
goals for the student

Resources are related to the issue
and somewhat aligned to
developmental goals for the student

Resources are not aligned to the
issues or the developmental
goals for the student

10 pts

Presentation is focused, organized,
visually pleasing and clear

Presentation is adequately focused,
loosely organized, visual
attractiveness is adequate

Presentation is unfocused,
lacking in detail, dull to view

10 pts



Issues Facing Today’s Teen
and Helpful Ways to

By Dorene Ahmad

Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 3,470 attempts by young people grades 9-12. If
these percentages are additionally applied to grades 7 & 8, the numbers would be higher. Four out of

Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741


Self Harm
Self-harm is common, reported by about 8 percent of 14- to 19-year-olds.

At every stage, more girls reported self-harm than boys.
Calm Harm App –

Developmental Impact of Self
Harm on Student Achievement

• “Once suspected, students who are hurting themselves may deny their actions, but they really do
want help and will eventually admit to their problems, said Ms. Alderman. “It may be days, months, or
a year later,” she said.

• She added: “Most of these kids feel isolated and alienated, and they want someone to talk to.”

• “Their behavior is so isolating,” she said, and school provides a connection for them. “We would much
prefer kids to spend a half an hour in my office than miss a whole day of school.”

• If the students are having associated panic attacks— hyperventilating and sobbing—they can’t go to
class, Ms. Peterson points out. “How do you walk in the door if you think everyone is watching you
and judging you?” Unless they seek help, Ms. Peterson said that eventually, “their academics are
going to suffer.”

• Help at Wheaton North comes in the form of a “No-Harm Contract,” in which students promise in
writing that they will not harm themselves. It also lists the names of three people the students can call
for help, a hotline number, and a list of objects in the students’ home that they should avoid.”

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Eating Disorders
About 3 percent of U.S. adolescents are affected by an eating disorder, but most do not receive treatment for

their specific eating condition.

The NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) Helpline is available Monday-Thursday
from 9AM to 9PM ET, and Friday from 9AM to 5PM ET. Contact the Helpline for support,
resources and treatment options for yourself or a loved one. 1-800-931-2237

Developmental Impact of Eating
Disorders on Student

• “Most eating disorders occur between the ages of 13 and 17, when adolescents

are dealing with puberty as well as other academic and social pressures. Eating
disorders can severely impact school performance because of the combination
of nutritional and mental health issues. Students with eating disorders often
have problems with concentration, memory and information processing. They
may also become irritable, socially withdrawn and apathetic, and they may
experience fatigue and develop a poor overall immune system due to poor
nutrition. All of these effects impact student behavior, academic achievement
and school attendance. Also, research shows that individuals suffering from
eating disorders spend 70 to 90 percent of their waking hours thinking about
food and weight-related issues. A child who is plagued with these unhealthy
thoughts can not thrive at school or beyond.”

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Teen Pregnancy
Texas has the highest rate of repeat teen pregnancies in the country. – The Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Developmental Impact of Teen
Pregnancy on Student Achievement
• “Thirty percent of all teenage girls who drop out of school cite pregnancy and parenthood

as key reasons. Rates among Hispanic (36 percent) and African American (38 percent)
girls are higher.

• Only 40 percent of teen mothers finish high school. Fewer than 2 percent finish college
by age 30.

• Young women who give birth while attending a community college are 65 percent less
likely to complete their degree than women who do not have children during that time.

• Children of teen mothers perform worse on many measures of school readiness, are 50
percent more likely to repeat a grade, and are more likely than children born to older
mothers to drop out of high school..”

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Underage Drinking
Though statistics show that progress is being made, 19% of 12-20 year olds reported
alcohol consumption in a national survey of over 7 million people.

Developmental Impact of Underage
Drinking on Student Achievement

• “The brain doesn’t finish developing until the mid-twenties and introducing alcohol during this critical time
has serious consequences.

• The prefrontal cortex enables a person to think clearly, to make good decisions and to control impulses.
Underage drinking could cause severe changes in this area, which plays an important role in forming
adult personality and behavior. Damage from alcohol at this time can be long-term and irreversible.

• The hippocampus, involved in learning and memory, suffers the worst alcohol related brain damage in
teens. Long-term, heavy drinking causes teens to have a 10% smaller hippocampi (American Medical
Association, 2010). In addition, short-term or moderate drinking impairs learning and memory far more in
youths than adults. Frequent drinkers may never be able to catch up in adulthood since alcohol inhibits
systems crucial for storing new information.”

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