Although early childhood is my thing, I’ve been thinking more about the next critical period in brain development- Middle School. At Thanksgiving, my Uncle Steve and I dialogued about this. He suggested I listen to This American Life: Middle School [Click on text to play, above play button is not working]. I believe it’s our job as adults to understand this and invest. I also believe that people who gave me leadership in middle school changed my trajectory. For more on that, read this from Youth Specialties.