“Play Streets” bring fun and more to Los Angeles

“The temporary transformation of Fickett Street in Boyle Heights began with yellow shades resembling huge kites suspended over the sun-scorched asphalt. Soon, a thoroughfare known for its speeding vehicles and gang activity became something else entirely — a “play street” in which women gathered for Lotería, or Mexican bingo, and …

EdTech Magazine’s 7 Tips for Redesigning Your Learning Space

“Revitalizing the classroom is about more than just technology.” This brief article from a K-12 education technology blog elaborates on each of these seven tips: 1. Involve Students in the Design Process 2. Think About Student Experiences, Not Furniture 3. Avoid Groupthink by Focusing Solely on Your Space 4. Make …

Make your plans for International School Grounds Month!

In May each year, the International School Grounds Alliance calls on schools around the globe to take their pupils outside to celebrate their grounds. It’s as simple as that. We believe school grounds are very important to children and youth, and shape their experience of the world around them. If …

Nurturing Students with Special Needs in Nature

What is a reading forest and how might it benefit children with disabilities? Read all about it in this article from the Guardian: Our children with SEN benefit from how the outdoors relieves stress and anxiety, develops social skills, motivates learning across the curriculum (and beyond) and allows them to …

Rock that Recess…

I sit at my desk and hear the crowds of children on the playground at our neighborhood school – where does all that exuberant noise come from? And where does it go by the time we become adults?  Jill Valet over at Edutopia explores the proven benefits of recess, including improved …