Special Interview with Phyllis Fagel, Author of Middle School Matters….Discussion about COVID-19 and Middle Schoolers

Author, Journalist and School Counselor, Phyllis Fagel

Phyllis Fagel has worked in both public and private schools with students in grades K-12. She currently works full time as the school counselor for Sheridan School in Washington, D.C. and provides therapy to children, teens and adults in private practice at the Chrysalis Group, Inc.

Phyllis is the author of Middle School Matters and a journalist. She’s a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, focusing on counseling, parenting and education, writes the Career Confidential weekly advice column for PDK, Intl. for educators, and “The Meaningful Middle” column for AMLE (Association of Middle Level Educators). She also has written for Psychology Today, Working Mother, Time, U.S. News & World Report, and Your Teen, and her ideas have been shared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, and The Chicago Tribune, among many other outlets.

To learn more about Phyllis visit her website here.

Follow her on Twitter at @pfagell.

Middle School Matters

Do you have a child in middle school? Middle School Matters is a must read for all parents of middle school students. After reading this book, I gained some wonderful tools and strategies for both parenting a middle schooler and working with middle school students as an educator.  I love how she combines both personal and professional experiences to help both parents and educators understand this age group. She discusses various scenarios throughout the book that many parents can relate to and provides easy to use suggestions on how to navigate and resolve these situations.

Phyllis helps parents use the middle school years as a low-stakes training ground to teach kids the key skills they’ll need to thrive now and in the future, including making good friend choices, negotiating conflict, regulating their own emotions, acting as their own advocates, and more.

She talks more about her book during our podcast (above!) and also discusses the current COVID-19 crisis and her suggestions for reducing anxiety and helping your child during this Pandemic.

Suggested Online Resources

Phyllis is a wealth of knowledge! During our podcast and after through email,  she shared some wonderful resources for middle school students. Thank you Phyllis!

Podcasts for Middle Schoolers! 

Take a Virtual Tour of a Museum

Explore the Zoo and Aquariums

Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond–and How Parents Can Help

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This book is also available via Audible if you can’t buy it as an e-book or get the book delivered! 


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