The New SAT: A Better Test, But Still Biased?

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Category: Standardized Test Prep

This spring, after nearly two decades of criticism regarding the SAT’s ability to measure the potential of high school students, the College Board released a new version of its age-old test. The main changes include a return to the 1600-point scale, no penalty for wrong answers and an optional essay. We took a look at both … Continue reading

Green Ivy’s Top Five Picks for Parental Control Apps

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Category: Parenting, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology, Wellness

One of the biggest challenges of modern parenting today is monitoring and managing children’s screen time. Many households feel some level of tension around time spent behind a screen, whether it is concern over excessive hours spent on Instagram posts or online gaming. Parental control apps can be helpful in providing structure and safety. Some … Continue reading

Edtech and Student Organization: It’s Complicated

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Category: Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology

Many people assume today’s students are highly organized, given all the technological apps and gadgets at their disposal to help file, store and share documents. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. After Green Ivy founder Ana Homayoun wrote her first book, That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week, she quickIy realized the increase in one-to-one iPad and computer programs … Continue reading

Social Emotional Learning and College Success

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Category: College Corner, College Counseling

With all the attention in the academic world around books like Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance and Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, more and more attention is being paid to what’s called Social Emotional Learning. Many believe incorporating its principles into school curriculums could be the key to student personal and academic … Continue reading

The Green Ivy Summer Reading List!

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Category: Summer Plans, Teenagers

Since it’s almost July, we here at Green Ivy have already cracked open more than a few of our favorite summer reads. Here are some that have made an impression and also sparked lots of interesting conversations around the office, and we recommend for parents and students to read together and discuss:   Mindset by Carol Dweck   In … Continue reading

Do You Think Your Kids Are Screenagers? A Movie Review of the Screenagers Film

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Category: Parenting, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology

 At Green Ivy, we’ve worked with students around the issues of time management and organization for nearly 15 years. Over the past decade, our advice around managing distractions and maximizing productivity has completely changed as we embrace the social media socialization that pervades pre-teen and teen culture today. Today’s students are trying to manage their … Continue reading

Creative Ways to Limit Screentime This Summer

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Category: Schools, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Technology, Teens and technology

Summer is officially in full swing, which means more free time/screentime for everyone. Before your child settles into a Grey’s Anatomy binge watch on her phone, we wanted to offer up some creative ways of limiting your children’s time on electronics during the long hot days ahead. On the heels of seeing the documentary Screenagers, we … Continue reading

The Social Media Effect on Teen Body Image: Unrealistic, Photo-Shopped Ideals

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Category: NY Times articles, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

It can be hard being a teenager. There are so many spoken and unspoken expectations, realizations, and rationalizations they have to deal with on a daily basis, and adults often don’t fully appreciate the complexities of today’s teenage world. Teenagers have always struggled with the need to fit in with their peers, and sometimes this … Continue reading

The Crucial Link Between Arts Education and Innovation

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Category: Education Articles

Last year, Green Ivy Educational Consulting founder Ana Homayoun presented at the National Coalition for Girls’ Schools annual conference on how social media can contribute to girls’ interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). The acronym STEM has long been ubiquitous here in Silicon Valley, and STEM has been a long-standing educational agenda … Continue reading