Tomorrow, February 1, 2011

Join the movement by leading your school in stretching, calisthenics, and/or then implementing 51 Jumping Jacks (to commemorate the year Jack LaLanne’s television show first aired - 1951)!

Morning Stretch - 8:45 am EST & 5:45 am PST.
“LaLanne Moment of Movement” in Memoriam Event (Jumping Jacks) - 2:15 pm EST & 11:15 am PST.

Following the “LaLanne Moment of Movement,”
Cate Dill will launch an unprecedented 5,246 mil…

Date: February 1, 2011

Time: 1 - 2 pm EST

Webinar Presenter: AAHPERD/NASPE and Strategic Partners

Peaceful Playgrounds is pleased to announce our support of Let's Move in School - a new initiative hosted by the American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and its National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

We encourage…
For those of you who read this blog for recess information, I discovered a new website full of interesting information about recess.

It was started by a handful of parents in the Beacon City School District who have children in all four of the elementary schools in Beacon. Each parent individually had become concerned with the number of days our children spent inside a classroom rather than going outside for recess.

The website is called a plac…
The Association of Staff and Curriculum Development (ASCD) has a " Whole Child Blog" and their themes often cover physical activity and physical education and why they are critical to educating the whole child.

A recent discussion covered the topic of : Why Do We Need Physical Education in Schools?

Healthy School Communities Director Sean Slade illustrates the two sides of the debate in his blog post on the Whole Child website. Althoug…
Watch this 3 minute video on how exercise promotes learning. John Raney author of SPARK explains 3 ways that brain grow occurs and why.

Watch 3 minute Video
CBS in Canada ran a 19 minute documentary on an alternative high school and their exercise program based on Dr. John Raney's SPARK book and research known as Brain Gain Theory.

New research and pilot fitness programs in schools are showing positive results that exercise helps the human brain learn.

Video: Brain Gains
HSBS is going to the AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition!

Join us for the 2nd Annual Early Childhood Movement Day for a fun-filled day of learning and active play. To learn more about the AAHPERD National Convention and to register to attend, please visit the AAHPERD website.

The best part? AAHPERD is in my neighborhood this year in beautiful San Diego. Come join in.
If your physical education program is in danger of being cut then this new and practical webinar is perfect for you.

There’s less than 2 weeks left to register for the Save My PE Program! Webinar happening on January 26, 2011 at 3:00 PM EST. Offered by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Receive a contact hour and get advice and tips on what you can do for yourself, in your school and in the community to save your qua…
The new proposed meal requirements will raise nutrition standards for the first time in fifteen years. They will make critical changes to school meals and help improve the health and nutrition of nearly 32 million kids that participate in school meal programs. These changes are also an important component of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation.

"The Unite…
A Chicago group is organizing about 300 parents for a task force to address the issue of reinstating recess in hopes of overcoming past hurdles according to the Chicago Tribune. One parent, Lori Morton has been working on it for nearly five years as a member of a larger effort organized by Chicago's Community Organizing and Family Issues group, or COFI.

Her efforts appear to be paying off.

From parents to principals, teachers, Chicago Publ…
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) offers the Tire-Derived Product (TDP) Grant Program to promote markets for recycled-content products derived from waste tires generated in California and decrease the adverse environmental impacts created by unlawful disposal and stockpiling of waste tires.

Eligible agencies are public entities which include: California cities, counties, public school districts, public col…
"One thing I heard from many par­ents was that their child responded well to phys­i­cal exer­cise. They also reported that it helped their chil­dren burn off excess energy and main­tain a calmer and more focused state," according to Dr. Rabiner.

A new study substantiates this observational data. The study pub­lished recently online in the Jour­nal of Atten­tion Dis­or­ders exam­in­ed the effects of an extended phys­i­cal activ­ity …
A quick review of Peaceful Playgrounds Featured articles shows that the
Right to Recess Tool kit and the National Recess Campaign Information is the most viewed resources for featured article visitors.

You can have the Peaceful Playgrounds Right to Recess Campaign Toolbox sent directly to your email box. The campaign toolbox contains a full PowerPoint presentation and speakers notes along with all research and documents to support daily, unstr…
Contributed by Andrea Bossenmeyer

I played basketball from the time I was 5 until 15, when a debilitating knee surgery took me out of the game. Figuratively and literally. With 10 years of practice, I wasn't anywhere near as talented as this talented boy.

Jordan McCabe reminds me of one of my personal heros whom I was lucky enough to see multiple times because we lived in the same city. Sandy "Spin" Slade. Sandy has moved on from pe…
The number two most viewed featured article is: Ten Tips to Getting Your Playground Grant Funded.

A grant is a monetary award given by a government agency, foundation, corporation, or other entity to another body in order to plan, implement or operate a particular program or fund a particular project. Learn how to get your playground grant funded.

The featured article also lists the seven elements to include in your grant proposal. Free grant wr…
Physical Activity Used as Punishment - This position statement addresses the inappropriate use of or withdrawal from physical activity as a disciplinary consequence, both within and outside of the school environment.

Arizona HB2037 - Minimum Recess and Lunch Periods - Requires school districts to provide 30 minutes of recess daily in addition to a minimum 20 minute lunch period to each pupil in grades one through six.

Michigan Board of Education L…
Sixty Alternatives to Withholding Recess is the third most viewed Featured Article.

Given the value of recess in a student's physical and social development, and the need for periodic breaks from classroom instruction, using recess as punishment is inappropriate.

For more information on improving recess and recess research download the Right to Recess Tool kit.
Why Play? Understanding the Importance of Play is the fourth most viewed featured article on the Peaceful Playgrounds website.

Play is the spontaneous activity in which children engage to amuse and to occupy themselves. It is also a way children optimize their own brain development. Why Play? To answer that question we must first understand the importance of play.
This week we will present the 5 most popular Featured Articles from the Peaceful Playgrounds website.

Today is the fifth most popular and ending on Friday with the Most popular Featured Article. Bullying & Harassment : What Schools Can Do came if fifth.

This was one of the most recently published featured articles and covered: " The Department of Education issued guidance to support educators in combating bullying in schools by clari…
The January Play Nice Newsletter has been released.

Topics include:

Top Ten Activities for Indoor Recess

Update: Parents in California Can Sue District for not Providing Physical Eduction

Winter Olympians Speak Out on Fair Play.
(photo from campaign media kit)

A former science and world history teacher was sworn in as the 27th state superintendent of public instruction Monday. Tom Torlakson, took his oath of office in the high school where he once taught high school science and history.

During his tenure in the CA Legislature, he acted to protect education funding, improve student nutrition and physical education, and ensure school safety. He carried notable new legisl…