Most people know that adolescents face dramatic changes in their appearance, but they do not know those changes are accompanied by biological changes in their brains too. These years of adolescence are a time of great opportunity and a time of increased vulnerability for students.

How can educators, policymakers, and advocates can support adolescents' academic, social, emotional, physical, and health needs? It's no easy task, but understanding the science behind adolescent learning and development is one important step.