Bullying & Harassment : What Schools Can Do

The Department of Education and U.S. Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, have taken an unprecedented step forward on the issue of School Safety and specifically, on bullying and discriminatory harassment. The Department of Education issued guidance to support educators in combating bullying in schools by clarifying when student bullying may violate federal education anti-discrimination laws and [...]

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Bullying Prevention: Is Empathy the Key?

Is Empathy the key to conquering bullying? As I observed my class the first week of school, one child stood out. The incident happened on the third day of school. Allie was a kindergarten student who learned that another child’s much-loved dog died. Most students sat silently, observing the pain in another student’s face as [...]

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Nutrition in Schools – Childhood Obesity

There is a public health crisis facing the United States and many countries around the world. Unlike so many public health crises resulting in disease, it can't be cured by an inoculation. The disease has reached epidemic proportions and is called childhood obesity.  We need to address nutrition in schools before its too late. 20% [...]

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Ten Tips to Getting Your School Grant Funded

Ten Tips to Getting Your School Grant Funded I first became aware of grant writing as a teacher for more than 25 years ago. My first school grant was for $300 for additional teaching supplies. It was a short grant appropriately titled “A Mini-Grant”, and was funded by my district. Some 25 years later, I [...]

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Healthy Food, Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds

Childhood obesity has taken center stage as children’s #1  health problem. Senators and Congressmen are joining forces and passing legislation for mandatory physical education and many states are reinstating recess. Pediatricians are attempting to advise parents to attain a healthy body weight for their children. The emphasize that healthy bodies healthy minds go hand in [...]

By |2019-08-15T14:55:53-07:00December 6th, 2012|Featured Articles, News and Media, Nutrition|1 Comment

School Gardens: Schools Teaching Organic Gardening

Schools Teaching Organic Gardening In this article, we will look into the movement that is transforming the nation’s schools, the “Local Food Movement” via school gardens. Americans are facing epidemic levels of childhood onset of diabetes, a disease which in many of these children is preventable. Local schools are implementing gardens which allow for hands-on-learning [...]

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10 Tips for Healthy School Lunches

Ideas for  Healthy School Lunches   [jwplayer config="Large Player" mediaid="4534"]   1. Serve a Hot Meal Schools across the country are beginning to prepare hot meals on site making available healthier choices thus eliminating or reducing fried foods and junk food from school grounds. The problem, however, is that healthy foods can take longer to [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:42:16-07:00December 6th, 2012|Childhood Obesity Crisis, Featured Articles, Nutrition|Comments Off on 10 Tips for Healthy School Lunches

Shortening the School Year Spreads

An alarming educational trend is spreading like wildfire across the nation due to our economic situation. More troubling is the fact that no one is talking about the effect of a shortened school year for students’ academic advancement. The nation’s second largest school district signed agreements with the United Teachers of Los Angeles to shorten [...]

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Playground Liability: Accident or Injury

By Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer Dr. Bossenmeyer is an expert witness on playground injury and playground supervision cases.  She is also a retired Elementary School  Principal. On average, 17 children die each year playing on playgrounds. Many deaths and injuries could be prevented if playgrounds - from equipment to surfacing to layout - were designed with safety [...]

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Head Start Body Start in Body Building?

Sounds like a tiny tot gym for aspiring World Body Builders like California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, but instead it is a new federal program aimed at giving preschoolers a head start on future healthy behaviors and generally good health. The new center called the National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play  AKA Head Start Body [...]

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