Physical activity breaks in MN schools support Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Program

Move Mindfully Yoga PosterStudents at Osseo, MN schools are taking 10 minute movement breaks as part of a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program instituted in their system.  Suspensions and required disciplinary actions have been reduced dramatically. In response to pressure to reduce suspensions and improve learning by reducing disruptive behavior in class, school districts are trying alternative measures with great success. Review entire article in the Star Tribune.

Schools across Minnesota and the entire country are implementing similar practices, and we love seeing the positive impact physical activity and movement can have on learning and behavior. To support these initiatives, Learning ZoneXpress is creating tools for supporting behavioral change with its Move Mindfully series.

Is your school implementing similar practices? We’d love to hear about it and feature you on our blog. Email for more details.

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Celebrate your heroes during Teacher Appreciation Week with Free Downloads!

celebrate heroesCelebrate your heroes the week of May 2-6, 2016 during Teacher Appreciation Week and School Nutrition Employee Week. To help you celebrate, Learning ZoneXpress is offering three downloadable certificates of appreciation and recognition. These certificates are easy to print and award to deserving individuals in your school and community.

During Teacher Appreciation Week, award educators that have a positive influence at your school. Let’s express gratitude for those teachers impacting tomorrow’s leaders.

For School Nutrition Employee Week, recognize directors, managers, staff, parents – anyone that is a champion for school nutrition. Let this week serve as a reminder for all the work they do in our schools by showing them a little love.

We also have a special offer on our set of 35 Garden Heroes. Order the set of 35 heroes online* and receive a free digital copy of the Garden Heroes Activities Book. ($29.95 value)

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*Expires 5/6/16. Offer valid for online orders only. Once Garden Heroes Set of 35 is added to your cart, a free digital Garden Heroes Activities Book will be added as well.

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Grants Enhance Skateparks in Underserved Communities

50-ways-physical-activity-posterFrom our friends at GrantStation

Grants Enhance Skateparks in Underserved Communities
Tony Hawk Foundation
The Tony Hawk Foundation is dedicated to funding the construction of new, quality skateparks located in low-income communities throughout the United States. The Foundation primarily supports projects that can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment, particularly in the form of planning and fundraising by local skateboarders and other community groups. Priority is given to projects that are designed and built from concrete by experienced skatepark contractors and include local skaters in the design process. Grants of $1,000 to $25,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations and state or local agencies, including public school systems and public projects. Requests are reviewed two times per year. Applications for the upcoming grant cycle will be accepted from May 3 to June 15, 2016. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant criteria and submit an online application.

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K-12 Service Learning Programs Funded

From our friends at GrantStation...

community-service-kitYouth Service America: State Farm Good Neighbor Impact Schools Grants
The State Farm Good Neighbor Impact Schools Grants program, a partnership of Youth Service America (YSA) and State Farm, supports K-12 administrators who want to create a culture of meaningful learning through service at their school or school district. The program will select 20 K-12 public schools or districts to be recognized as Good Neighbor Impact Schools. Each selected school or district will receive a grant of up to $5,000 to support their efforts to authentically engage students in service during the 2016-2017 academic year. Administrators will also receive travel support to attend a training symposium in Washington, DC, as well as ongoing technical support, resources, and networking. The application deadline is May 6, 2016. Public schools and school districts throughout the country are eligible to apply. Visit the YSA website for details.

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Who benefits from financial education? Millennials, girls, and credit scores!

As a teacher you often know when you’ve made a difference. You see the spark. You get the answer that’s so right it puts a new spin on a topic for you! But it’s always nice to get a little confirmation from the research. The Minnesota Credit Union has some good news…

Minnesota Credit Unions have assembled and reviewed the research to show how millennials, girls, and credit scores are benefiting from financial education such as that required in Minnesota. Here’s an example…

Students exposed to mandated personal finance education exhibit meaningful improvements in credit outcomes. Three years following the implementation of mandates in Georgia, Idaho, and Texas, severe delinquency rates for those students receiving the education declined by 2% in Georgia, 2% in Idaho, and 6% in Texas, and credit scores increased by 2%, 3%, and 5% respectively.

Learning ZoneXpress has a range of educational materials to support financial literacy because we have long thought of financial acumen as an important life skills. We know many FACS teacher include it as part of their curriculum but we’re seeing a growing number of teachers and public health specialists use our financial literacy education materials too. Here are just a couple of our top sellers:


50 App Activities for Financial
Literacy and Independent Living


financial literacy

50 Web Based Activities –
Financial Literacy


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