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44% of  Districts have Policies to 
Prohibit Schools from Withholding Recess 
for Discipline Reasons 

Alternatives to recess discipline
*Update* - New Alternatives


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


Yet, in a national survey of principals, commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, more than 75% of principals state that their schools use recess as a discipline technique.[1]


A growing body of research supports the many benefits of physical activity and provides further support for the importance of physical activity in schools, which is most often gained in either physical education or recess.[2]  
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report found, "Time spent in recess had a positive relationship or no relationship with children's attention, concentration, and/or on-task classroom behavior.  All eight studies found one or more positive associations between recess and indicators of cognitive skills, attitudes, and academic behavior; none of the studies found negative associations."

For the new Article on "Alternatives to Withholding Recess (Discipline options)".  Visit the website at : 
Online Bullying Prevention Compliance Training including Open Badges Certification
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This course is designed to meet state bullying prevention training requirements for school staffs.


The course will: 

  1. define bullying as prescribed by law,
  2. give an overview of state legislative requirements, 
  3. provide teacher and staff training on responding to bullying, 
  4. and give guidance to the district, school and staff regarding responsibilities as defined by legislation. 

Course customization is available for a fee. Call for specific pricing options: (951) 245-6970.


Single User Price - $29 (Launch Special pricing 50% off Sept/Oct) 

School Site Price- $399 (Launch Special pricing 50% off Sept/Oct)  

District/County pricing  - call  

Price includes certification  and professional hours upon passing an online quiz.   


In addition to professional development hours, we will also be offering Open Badges, a new online standard to recognize and verify learning.   


More information? Email


The course is being uploaded to the Learning Management System and school be available this week. 

  School Physical Activity Programming Webinar

Ms Judy Lo Bianco is the 2013 Physical Education Administrator of the Year as designated by NASPE.  She will share with you some of her award winning strategies for  getting children physically active in her schools.  The webinar will also talk about the Let's Move Initiative called Let's Move Active Schools (LMAC).  The webinar will be October 9th  at 10 a.m. PST.  Register Here.
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Physical Activity Infographic
 "Physical activity has dramatic effects on individuals' physical mental health," according to Charles Basch in his report, Healthier Students Make Better Learners.

Put simply, educational outcomes are directly influenced by health. It is no surprise that students' fitness levels continue to be low and obesity and overweight categories in youth continue to climb, presenting cascading and troubling trends toward overall student health and fitness. Is it any surprise that 8.4% of school age youth have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Read the full article ..... 
Free Grant Writing On-Demand Webinar
in September
Grant Writing Webinar
Free Access in September

All this month you can take and enjoy an on-demand webinar entitled,  Grant Writing for the Beginner.  The webinar has a $19.99 price tag, but in the month of September you can enjoy Free Access.

Additionally, for your convenience,  templates for writing your grants are also available on our grants webpage.

If you prefer a live session, sign up here for our next live Grants Webinar.
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Playground Supervision 
School Playground Paint Day for Peaceful Playgrounds
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Online training and certification for your playground supervisors is now 50% off  through September 30, 2013. 
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Expires: September 30, 2013

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