Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

New Leadership Alert: Helen Janc Malone

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

New Leadership Alert: Helen Janc Malone

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Arriving in the U.S. at age 13 from war - torn Yugoslavia and unable to speak English started Helen Janc Malone on her path to helping youth engage in learning in meaningful ways. A high school social studies teacher in Millersville, Md., sparked her involvement in student government that set her on a career path in youth development and education policy.

Now Malone, a 2010 - 11 PDK Emerging Leader and Harvard University doctoral candidate, dreams of running her own research institute that focuses on the very interests that she is taken with now: the nexus between youth development and educational change and the need for social policies that improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged students.

"How do we change the public education system to promote practices that attend to the whole child and youth development," that provides children with the tools, skills, and experiences to be successful in college, career, and life, asked Malone. That's one of the questions Malone addresses in an issue of the journal, New Directions for Youth Development, for which she was a guest editor and to which she contributed two articles focusing on expanded learning time and opportunities for students. …

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