In the adolescent and teen brain, the rate of change exceeds that of even the body. The highest cognitive brain networks in the prefrontal cortex undergo their most profound maturation during the school years. What has neuroscience research revealed about the very unique adolescent brain that has important correlations to planning instruction and teaching strategies?

From seeking immediate gratification and risk, to developing and achieving long-term goals, educators are critical caretakers of these executive function circuits and the social, emotional, and cognitive tools students take with them into adulthood.