An excellent resource for educators, parents, and any adult who seks to understand adolescents and the turbulence and confusion that often affects young people during this period of their lives. A poignant, insightful, and practical analysis. --Pedro Noguera, Professor, New York University
Nakkula and Toshalis organize what we have learned about the development of young people some of whom are presented in a series of individual portraits and chart ways that we can best serve them. --Theodore R. Sizer, Founder, Coalition of Essential Schools
Understanding Youth really does understand youth! It is essential reading, especially for those who work with adolescents in challenging circumstances. --Nancy Hoffman Director, Early College High School, Initiative, Jobs for the Future
About the Author
Michael Nakkula is currently a research associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), where he has taught courses on counseling, urban education, and adolescent development over the past fourteen years. He is the coauthor, with Sharon Ravitch, of Matters of Interpretation: Reciprocal Transformation in Therapeutic and Developmental Relationships with Youth, which summarizes much of his early research, theory, and practice in the area of adolescent development. Eric Toshalis is an instructor in education and advanced doctoral candidate at HGSE. A former middle and high school educator, he has worked with youth and adults in schools as a coach, mentor teacher, community activist, teachers union president, afterschool group leader, and curriculum writer.