5
Dec

Vital Research for Measuring SFL Outcomes

Vital Research, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm with over 35 years of experience and expertise implementing research and evaluation projects, is working with Sports For Learning on the design and validation of a survey tool to measure outcomes and impact for its STEM+ athletics programming. Janet Lee and Andrea Nee, Senior Associates at Vital Research, who each have over 10

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4
Dec

The SFL Process: A Closer Look

Sports For Learning curriculum-based games are fun, challenging and engaging. Each game focuses on skill development such as shooting, passing and dribbling, has a corresponding STEM topic (i.e. Anatomy, Earth & Solar System, Technology, Math, etc.) and includes specific school values and behavior goals. Trigger words are used in conjunction with visual aids to further support learning and skills. Students

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3
Dec

PBS Video: Physical Fitness Impacts Academic Performance

Check out this PBS video that talks about how physical fitness impacts academic performance! http://www.pbs.org/video/need-to-know-a-physical-education/

2
Dec

Integrated STEM Education Experiences: Reviewing the Research

From the National Academies Press: Many claims are made about the benefits to students’ learning and thinking of integrating education across science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In this chapter we explore the evidence relevant to whether and how integrated approaches to STEM education support a range of outcomes within and across the disciplines. The full range of outcomes was

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1
Dec

About Our Coaches

Coaches are college-age students, involved in local college sport and soccer teams, or studying sports and/or child development related course work. Coaches are thoroughly vetted and must complete a vigorous and intensive training process to effectively manage student’s diverse needs and deliver our programs to students. We guarantee our coaches to provide quality leadership, be fun, friendly and engaging.

30
Nov

Meet Professor Valerdi

A leader in STEM and sports innovation, Professor Ricardo Valerdi is instrumental in creating and developing curriculum that excites children in STEM through soccer. A member of our team since 2015, he regularly reviews and advises on the development of Sports For Learning’s educational programs, enabling us to continually improve, update and address student’s ever-changing and diverse needs.

29
Nov

The CDC Agrees: School-based Physical Activity Improves Academic Performance

When children and adolescents participate in the recommended level of physical activity—at least 60 minutes daily—multiple health bene ts accrue. Most youth, however, do not engage in recommended levels of physical activity. Schools provide a unique venue for youth to meet the activity recommendations, as they serve nearly 56 million youth. At the same time, schools face increasing challenges in

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28
Nov

Active Living Research Report on Active Education

In schools across the United States, physical education has been substantially reduced— and in some cases completely eliminated—in response to budget concerns and pressures to improve academic test scores. Yet the available evidence shows that children who are physically active and t tend to perform better in the classroom and that daily physical education does not adversely affect academic performance.

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27
Nov

SFL In the News: Soccer Games Teach Science and Math; Good Behavior to Boot

At the sound of a whistle, four teams of kids raced across a grassy field at Frank West Elementary School Thursday, dribbling soccer balls to a cone at the far end of the field. Crowds of screaming and shouting kids cheered on their teammates as they tore down the field in the torch-pass style warm-up, except on this day, the

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27
Nov

SFL In the News: Program mixes soccer, science lessons

A program mixing soccer skill drills and science and math lessons used by several Riverside County school districts has helped to reduce lunchtime conflicts, Inland officials say, mirroring a trend seen in Bakersfield schools. “What we offer is an innovative and engaging way for kids to learn about key science topics while also having fun and keeping active,” said Nick

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