Through its Exercise and Sports Science Initiative, University of Michigan has developed an online program, InPACT at Home, to help K–12 students remain active while learning remotely. The freevideo series, targeted at students nationwide, is aimed at replacing exercises that students would have received at school during recess or in a physical education class, and in some cases, on their daily walk to school. The program provides children with access to 20-minute cardiovascular workout videos that are developmentally appropriate and approved by pediatric exercise physiologists and physical education specialists. The videos include nutrition messaging and social and emotional learning (SEL) activities that can be accessed on smartphones, tablets, and computers. Starting in September, children who participate and record their exercise information on a daily basis will be entered into raffles and eligible to receive prizes.
Events of the past year have made clear that the work of civic educators—to empower youth with the ability to make positive change—is now more urgent than ever. Oftentimes, we see something that’s unjust and wonder, Where do I go? What do I do?
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and October 10 marked World Mental Health Day. To help schools address these important issues, Impero Software has created a freely downloadable ebook, Supporting Student Mental Health and Safety During Remote Learning.