Prevention through Connection
Teens and the Cannabis Conversation:
Separating Fact from Fiction
Cannabis, in its many forms, has become a mainstay in American culture. It is glamorized in the media. There is a widespread belief that it is not dangerous, or less dangerous, than other drugs of choice. In some states, it’s completely legal or widely used for medicinal purposes. For many teens, they follow along with the idea that “everyone smokes weed,” or even believing it to be a potential coping mechanism, especially during difficult times like these. 
This presentation will separate fact from fiction in terms of teen cannabis use. How are they using it? What are some telltale signs of cannabis use? Why is it dangerous for the developing body and mind? What can we do to prevent them from using it?

Stocking Up for Fall: Materials for Remote Learning
Tips for Success in the Hybrid Model
From Green Ivy Educational Consulting

Let’s face it: this school year will be unlike any other in modern history. 

Schools across the country are going back to school remotely, in-person and in hybrid versions of both remote and in-person learning, and we’re all finding ways to navigate unexpected transitions as smoothly as possible. 

We know the prospect of remote learning can be exhausting and stressful to many students, and our focus has always been first and foremost on making sure students have the support to prioritize their mental health and emotional wellness.  

Research suggests that students experiencing stress and trauma have decreased fluency around executive functioning skills — that is, organizing, planning, prioritizing and focusing on task initiation and completion. It’s not hard to imagine why — we all have a lot on our minds these days.

Still, as we begin to plan and visualize the next few months, we find it can be helpful to spend some time focusing on the basics: supplies

So, we’ve put together a detailed list of important educational materials for remote learning. 
1. Paper Planners 
In our world at Green Ivy Educational Consulting, paper planners are the holy grail of back-to-school items. Especially in the context of remote learning, paper planners provide much-needed relief and structure for students managing a wide range of assignments, meetings, and extracurriculars. 

2. Headphones
Headphones can be an indispensable tool for many students, especially in the context of remote learning. Options include: simple low-cost wired earbuds, noise-cancelling over-ear headphones, bluetooth headphones, or wireless earbuds such as Apple AirPods. Regardless of the specific brand or model, headphones are super useful for blocking out distractions during remote class meetings and homework blocks. 

3. Binders and Binder Paper
Due to the shift to digital learning, many students will be tempted to type their class and homework notes onto Google or Word documents. However, significant research suggests that using physical materials to record information helps the brain absorb and retain concepts (side note: this is another reason why we recommend paper planners!). 
4. Calculators
Although students will have varying levels of need for calculators depending on their grade, it’s worth investing in a dependable calculator to facilitate math learning at all ages. Even if mental math is a priority, calculators can be useful when checking work for mistakes!
5. Devices and Laptops
The widespread pivot to remote-learning means that most students will need regular access to a desktop computer, laptop, and/or tablet device.
6. Cardboard Dividers/Privacy Shields
Many families have multiple students in the household and face added challenges around sharing workspaces. To prioritize concentration and minimize distractions, students can use “privacy shields,” which create a clearly delineated study space and block distractions from view. Students can create their own dividers out of cardboard and decorate them for a personalized touch. Alternatively, families can purchase quality shields at
 7. Ergonomic Mice and Keyboards
Families can take their workspaces to the next level by investing in ergonomic tools (workspace supplements that emphasize comfort, straighten posture, and reduce hand and wrist strain).
Podcast Episode 5 from Screenagers:
With back to school starting, and with all the online and offline stressors our kids are facing, this show is about improving their well-being by focusing on healthy sleep. Have your kids and teens listen to this show with you! Hear fascinating insights from Dr. Judy Owens, the Director of Sleep Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, and a neurology professor at Harvard Medical School. Explore the latest brain research with neuroscientist Adrian Galvan from UCLA and hear ideas from parents and a teen. Learn new ideas around increasing your child’s chance of getting brain nourishing sleep now — during these incredibly challenging times — and into the future.

There is Help Available
For most, drinking alcohol in moderation is not inherently harmful, but if you find yourself drinking too much in quarantine and slowing down or stopping seems impossible, NYS can help. The NYS HOPEline is available 24/7.

Call: 877-8-HOPENY(467369) or text HOPENY (467369) for assistance. 
Toll-free and confidential. For more information about what support and services are available, check out the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Support at
5 Secrets to Better Decisions During the Pandemic
By Tom Greene

Look, I know you are bored, restless and frustrated with this whole pandemic. It’s been five months. Everyone is jonesing to “do something” that will get them out of this funk. But, now is not the right time to start making big decisions.
And, that ‘s where the story begins…..