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How Skateboarding Programs Can Empower Your Community’s Youth

Beyond the Grind: How Skateboarding Programs Can Empower Your Community’s Youth Skateboarding isn’t just about carving sick lines on a board. It’s a culture, a passion, and increasingly, a powerful tool for youth development. Skateboarding programs offer a unique opportunity to address a range of challenges faced by young people, fostering Youth engagement, Executive functioning, boosting motivation and confidence, nurturing social skills, and promoting overall well-being. Here’s how: Engagement Through Passion: Traditional after-school programs don’t always resonate with every student. Skateboarding programs tap into a genuine interest, motivating students to participate and invest their energy. This passion translates into increased… Read More »How Skateboarding Programs Can Empower Your Community’s Youth

50 Years of Research, Still No Change in Policy

Educational institutions have been trying to show policymakers the issue of police presence in schools for DECADES. In the 1970s, the National Education Association (NEA) passed a resolution calling for an end to police in schools. ACLU In 2020, the NEA passed ANOTHER resolution calling for an end to police in schools. ACLU The resolution states: “The presence of police in schools creates a hostile learning environment for students of color and students with disabilities, and it criminalizes students for minor behavioral infractions.” The resolution called on the NEA to work with its affiliates to “advocate for the removal of… Read More »50 Years of Research, Still No Change in Policy

Gov. Newsom Passes Law to Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading

Gov. Newsom Passes Law to Help Struggling Readers Governor Newsom just signed a new law called the Education Omnibus Budget Trailer Bill (SB 114). This law requires that all kids K-2nd be screened for reading difficulties, like dyslexia. What Does it Mean? The State Board of Education will create rules and pick special tools to test students’ reading skills. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) will be required to select screening tools from the approved list provided by the State Board of Education. These tools will be used for annual screening of students in grades K-2. Schools will use these tools every year… Read More »Gov. Newsom Passes Law to Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading

The Importance of Staying Up to Date on the Science of Learning

Staying up to date with the latest research in psychology and neuroscience is crucial for educators who want to provide the best possible education for their students. By using the latest findings to inform our teaching, we can create more effective strategies and better address the needs of our students. Here’s why… Better understanding of student behavior By staying up to date with the latest research, we can gain a better understanding of how our students think and behave. This knowledge can help us create more effective teaching strategies and address challenging behaviors in the classroom. Improved teaching techniques The… Read More »The Importance of Staying Up to Date on the Science of Learning

The Literacy Crisis That’s Been Ignored for 40+ Years

According to the National Association of Educational Progress (NAEP), 66% of fourth-grade students are reading below grade level. Meaning, only 24% of fourth graders are reading at or above grade level. What’s worse is that these scores HAVE NOT improved in OVER 30 YEARS since the NAEP began this assessment in 1992. This problem must be addressed if we want to ensure that all students have the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. For students to become proficient readers, they need to develop strong phonemic awareness (the ability to identify and manipulate individual sounds in words),… Read More »The Literacy Crisis That’s Been Ignored for 40+ Years