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Fall update

Hi, I hope everyone’s year is off to a great (if busy) start! It's finally feeling like fall here in Maryland and Washington, D.C. While it’s been a bit more challenging to balance everything now…

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October 28, 2019

Middle School Matters is out today!

Just a brief update to share the exciting news that today is publication day for “Middle School Matters.” I’ll be at my favorite independent bookstore in Mashpee, Massachusetts to mark the occasion. I’ve been getting…

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August 6, 2019

Middle School Matters Book review

I'm happy to share that Booklist gave Middle School Matters a starred review, calling it "a must-read for all parents and educators of kids in this unique and often misunderstood age group." This is the first official…

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June 18, 2019

How childhood has changed for tweens

Childhood has changed for this generation of middle schoolers. In this article for “Kappan,” Phyllis writes about what it means to be a tween today—to grow up with social media & the 24/7 news cycle;…

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April 11, 2019

Affinity Groups and Supporting Identity Development

Phyllis was a guest on the podcast Thirdspace, which covers issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. In this episode, Phyllis talks to the show’s host, Jen Cort, about identity development, affinity groups and mental health.…

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March 19, 2019

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