Inside the quest to reopen schools—by moving classes outside

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“Every kid at every grade level in every subject area can do the majority of their learning outside.” Sharon Danks has been working for more than 20 years to get school kids outdoors. As a trained landscape architect and urban planner, she says too many schools across the country ignore the educational and health benefits offered by the outdoor spaces of their campuses. This is something she’s been trying to change through her nonprofit Green Schoolyards America , based in Berkeley, California, and something that’s become an international topic of concern since the coronavirus pandemic caused the mass closure of schools. Read Full Story

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How remote learning can help normalize a personal finance curriculum

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Now is the perfect opportunity to teach our kids money lessons they can use for the rest of their lives. With many schools still closed due to COVID-19, parents and children have been spending more time together than ever, which is both a blessing and a curse for parents juggling virtual schooling, childcare, and work simultaneously. However, it also presents a rare opportunity for parents to add something to this year’s curriculum: Money lessons. Read Full Story

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Rebecca Minkoff locks herself in the bathroom so her kids won’t interrupt work calls

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The designer explains how she’s running her $100 million fashion brand from home—as well as a Sunday spent outdoors that felt almost “pre-corona.” Rebecca Minkoff, the doyenne of crossbody bags, has been sheltering in place for weeks, running her $100 million fashion brand from Long Island. Like many working parents, Minkoff now finds herself wrangling three children—including a toddler—while trying to juggle podcast recordings and virtual meetings. So Minkoff has gotten creative with her schedule, carving out time for her kids and exercise. Read Full Story

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I redesigned a school playground for my PhD—and the children got better grades learning outside

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As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, schools would be wise to take the classroom outdoors. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the education of at least 1.5 billion school students. That’s more than 90% of the world’s children. Although many schools in the west, along with private schools in the developing world, have continued some school activities online, more than 50% of learners worldwide do not have a household computer. The absence of face-to-face learning and opportunities for playing with friends will hugely impact child mental health. Read Full Story

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European kids love this screen-free storytelling device. Now U.S. kids can get it too

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My kid spent two blissful hours listening to stories in the car and never once asked, ‘Are we there yet?’ I’m sold. Over the weekend, my family drove to a cabin in the woods for a short getaway. On the two-hour-long drive there and back, something magical happened: My 4-year-old daughter, Ella, didn’t need our attention, nor did she once ask, “Are we there yet?” And no, she wasn’t glued to a screen. She was completely engrossed in a new storytelling toy called Toniebox that just landed in the U.S. from Europe. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 Uncertainty Impacts Back-to-School Shopping

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty in just about every facet of life. Whether or not kids and college students in the US will head back into the classroom in August and September has not escaped this uncertainty, despite federal mandates that students and teachers return to school when the new school year begins. This… Read More » The post COVID-19 Uncertainty Impacts Back-to-School Shopping appeared first on Marketing Charts .

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Getting sick of your screen? Try these 11 family-friendly board games

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Because our eyes (and our minds) need a break from screens every once in a while Sick of staring at screens? Exhausted your pile of books? Have kids that need electronic-free entertaining? Let us we recommend something…well, a little old school: board games. Sure, you may have had some mind-numbing experiences in the past when making it through one game of Monopoly felt like the ultimate drudgery (or maybe that was just a personal experience?). But the world of board games looks different (and super fun) these days. Whether you’ve got enough people under one roof for a proper game night or you’re looking for something you can play with a partner, you can’t go wrong with these 11 board games to find the fun and pass the time. Read Full Story

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How this Queens community built $1,000 college savings accounts for all its kids

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It’s part of a new program to build wealth for low-income kids across New York City—with a little help from their communities. In 1949, when she was 14 years old, Claudia Coger dropped out of high school. Despite being an A+ student and having skipped two grades, she knew that college was out of reach—she was the second of 10 kids, growing up in Sumter County, Florida, and there was no indication, she says, that scholarships would be available to her. It’s a reality for too many kids: Students from low-income families are 2.4 times more likely to drop out of high school than those from middle-income families, and 10 times more likely than students from high-income families, which affects how much they can earn out of school and contributes to the racial wealth gap. Read Full Story

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Breaking down President Biden’s data-driven social media strategy

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Just days before the 2020 Presidential election, we reported that Joe Biden was outperforming Donald Trump on social media by certain key metrics. Despite the penetrating volume of Trump’s Twitter feed, Biden was earning more interactions per tweet, and far more interactions per user. Not only was Biden winning on Twitter, but his campaign was making an impact on YouTube and even on Twitch. And, of course, he won the election. But this wasn’t a social media campaign based on flair and instinct: it was tightly driven by social analytics. No-one can better explain how that worked in practice than Sarah Galvez, Director of Social Media and Audience Development at Biden for President. Sarah J. Galvez “I started out like many millennials as a consumer of the internet and social media,” Galvez told us. “I think I started my Twitter account in a computer lab while I was in high …

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3 experts on how to raise anti-racist kids

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Toys and books can help kids process race and racism, but parents need to put in the work. Over the past two weeks, as I’ve watched the biggest civil rights movement in decades take hold of America, I’ve wanted to bring my 4-year-old daughter into the conversation about racial justice. The problem is, every time I try to talk to her about it I stumble. Recently, she’s been asking questions about the protesters who gather in our neighborhood with hand-drawn Black Lives Matter signs. But I don’t know how to start talking about the fight for racial justice without addressing police brutality or slavery. Read Full Story

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