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BOOST Collaborative's Breakfast Club Blog Manager Kristin Stayer had the pleasure of interviewing Chris Dowling, Writer/Director for the movie Where Hope Grows, which comes out in theatres on May 15. Calvin Campbell is a former professional baseball player sent to an early retirement due to his panic attacks at the…
1) Be PRESENT. Don't compare last year to this year. You will be chasing a ghost or even worse, you will try to "recreate" last year's experience. Every year is distinct and every year there are new 'openings.' Which is one of the secrets of BOOST and something that can…
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 02:35

Photography Can Transform Perspectives

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Asia Society and BOOST Collaborative are partnering to create a series of blogs on global learning in out-of-school time.  This month features MaryBeth Jackson, Founder and Director of The Viewfinder Project. This blog entry was orginally published on EdWeek's Global Learning Blog.   Children today have a lot of information…
Friday, 17 April 2015 13:48

Fighting the Summer Slide with a Great Story

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What was your favorite book as a child? Do you remember a teacher or adult reading to you? If you were blessed to experience that, what do you remember best about it? I remember my second grade teacher, Mrs. Langdon, reading Charlotte's Web to us. That's when I fell in…
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 13:39

The Elephant

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If you're reading this; that means you are involved with or care about the world of expanded learning time. I'm going to start this blog with a generalization. Ordinarily that's not the best idea, but I'm pretty sure I'm right. Your mission is not to give extra help to the…
Some community leaders and I were in shock when teens in our after school hip-hop leadership program came in and told us that they felt like absolute failures at school. The disillusionment came about because these were the same youth who were presenting at regional conferences with Congress members, and…
My love affair with mindfulness began innocently enough. I was working as a primary care provider in an internal medicine office at the time. I was a newly graduated PA and quickly became surprised by how many patients would come in to the office over and over again for the…
Children—and adults, too—enjoy playing games. Doing so is not just fun; playing games is intrinsically engaging. Game play is satisfying work. The fact that games can be used to teach is considered a trend in education; yet, its utility as a teaching tool has been around for well over a…
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