Monthly Newsletter - February 2024

Monthly Newsletter,

Volume 3, Issue 6 - February 2024

2023 may have come to an end, but there are many insights to be gained from the past year. At The Social Institute, we collected insights from over 29,000 students to understand how they are navigating everyday situations related to social media, technology, and current events.

We invite you to share these resources with your members to empower students and educators this new year!

  1. TSI Insights: The 2024 Student Insights Report: How social media, tech, and current events impact student well-being
  2. Press: How to help students navigate drama in group chats
  3. Webinar: Huddle Up With Wendy Turner: Why student success starts with educator well-being

Learn more about these resources:

TSI Insights: The 2024 Student Insights Report: How Social Media, Tech, and Current Events Impact Student Well-being
In 2023, we gathered insights on how social media and tech impact student well-being from more than 29,000 students through TSI’s Annual Student Survey and more than 1 million responses through our K-12 learning platform, #WinAtSocial. What do these student insights tell us about how the ever-evolving world of social media and tech can fuel student health, happiness, and future success? Find out in The Social Institute’s 2024 Student Insights Report.

On-demand episode: Huddle Up With Wendy Turner: Why student success starts with educator well-being
Did you know that 97% of principals believe teaching students life skills education in school will improve their behavior, learning, and development? (Source: CASEL) But what happens when we expand this focus on well-being to include educators, too? In our first Huddle Up episode, we huddle with Wendy Turner, 2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year and author of “Embracing Adult SEL: An Educator’s Guide to Personal Social Emotional Learning Success.” Together, we explore practical strategies for seamlessly integrating character development into your classroom while focusing on educator well-being. After all, students can’t be what they can’t see.

Watch now to huddle up with us and:

  • Gain insights that foster positive and emotionally intelligent learning environments for students
  • Discover actionable strategies for incorporating life skills education seamlessly into your classroom (and your life!)
  • Explore practical tips for a more fulfilling and impactful teaching career

Press: WRAL News: How to help students navigate drama in group chats
If you have a tween or teen with a smartphone, you know how active group chats have become. Almost 100% of Gen Z participate in group chats, with many participating in numerous group chats on a daily basis -- keeping their devices buzzing with notifications throughout the day (and night!). To address the challenges students face related to group chat drama, The Social Institute’s founder and CEO, Laura Tierney, shares data-driven tips for managing group chats before they become stressful. Check out this article to discover these tips for empowering students online!

Explore Student Trends: Join our Huddle newsletter
Join The Huddle to get expert summaries on how the latest social media, tech, and current event trends are impacting K-12 students, plus student-respected discussion prompts that educators just like you are using to better understand their students so they can better equip them to navigate social media and tech in positive and high-character ways.

Social Media + Modern Life Skills: Free professional development webinars for your members
Interested in free professional development webinars on social media trends and modern life skills every educator should know to support their students? Bring these virtual presentations to your members by reaching out to

Opportunities for Students

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Opportunities for Faculty & Staff

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Noble Academy in the News

Noble Academy, the only Wilson Accredited Partner in North Carolina, received the distinct honor of Best Practice Site from Wilson Language Training on Tuesday, January 2nd. To learn more, click HERE.

Sponsor Spotlight

 Many thanks to our Gold Sponsors, Edifice and First Tryon Advisors, for their support of NCAIS.

Edifice, LLCa North Carolina-based general contractor, is proud to help plan and build the structures that train our future generations.

Though we boast a diverse portfolio in all major construction markets, we have completed over six (6) million square feet of educational buildings serving kindergarten classrooms to college campuses. Since 1978, Edifice has built its reputation on a simple philosophy: to attend to the needs of our clients, express concern for our employees’ wellbeing, take care of our business partners, and give back to the community by helping those in need. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Edifice is consistently ranked as one of North Carolina’s Top 100 privately owned companies by Grant Thornton, LLP. Along with past awards for our philanthropic involvement in the community, Edifice is also listed as a top contractor in publications including ENR Southeast, Business North Carolina, and the Charlotte Business Journal.

For more information, please contact:
Danielle Kuhn, Business Development, (704) 579-8578

First Tryon Advisors* is a full service financial advisory practice based in Charlotte that serves the needs of independent K-12 schools with a focus on the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.  Our job is to help NC independent schools determine the amount of debt they can afford and implement the best financing solution for their construction project needs. 

Our practice recently welcomed Wye River Group, a Maryland-based financial advisory practice with a strong presence in the independent school space, to our team.  Much like First Tryon, Wye River’s growth and success have been built upon the principles of integrity, expertise, innovation, and outstanding client service. Together, our combined group consists of 24 motivated professionals who can offer our clients a wide range of expertise and services that includes Financial Advisory Services, Capital Planning Models, Operational Consulting and Swap Advisory Services.

Our mission is to give our clients peace of mind by delivering expert advice, innovative planning strategies and tailored financing solutions.

For more information, please contact: Robert Hobson, Managing Director, 704-926-2982
Christopher Wienk, Managing Director, 410-267-8811 ext. 302