Child Development

Why are the developmental sciences important in the classroom? What is child development and why can academic progress not be separated from the emotional, social, and cognitive changes that occur simultaneously? Effective application of the science of learning and child development in early childhood, the middle grades, and adolescence can be used to maximize learning and help ensure that students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

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Throughout November: Integrating Movement

Ensuring students participate in a high-quality physical education program is important. Equally important is ensuring that students are active across the school day and not just in gym class. Research shows that kids who are physically active are not only healthier, but are also likely to perform better academically, and short activity breaks during the school day can improve concentration, behavior, and enhance learning. In short, school-based physical activity is valuable exercise—it aids cognitive development, increases engagement and motivation, and is essential to a whole child approach to education.

Whether it be extracurricular, cocurricular, or embedded in the academic curriculum itself, integrating movement across the school day in elementary school, the middle grades, and high school can be used to maximize learning and help ensure that students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Join us throughout November as we take a look at new ways to encourage movement and how schools are bringing physical activity out of the gym and into the classroom.

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School’s Active, Caring Environment Guarantees Student Success

The mission of Reading Middle School, an active and caring community, is to guarantee the development of all students as successful, lifelong learners who become contributing citizens after graduation. 

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Fast, Free, Online: The ASCD School Improvement Tool

Designed for use in schools and districts, the free ASCD School Improvement Tool offers educators a comprehensive and completely online needs assessment.

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