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Many independent schools have wellness policies in place, or have begun the process of implementing one. In a 2015 NAIS survey, 21 percent of independent schools that responded reported that they had a health or well-being policy. Wellness is an integral piece of the health and prevention puzzle, but schools who only address student wellness miss an incredible opportunity to keep teachers and staff healthy, save money, reduce teacher burnout and improve student outcomes. Wellness is the ...

According to The American Heart Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics and The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, children under the age of 18 should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Between September and June, the goal is for 30 of those minutes to come during the school day. Schools provide opportunities for sports practices and games, physical education classes, daily recess, brain breaks and many thoughtful activities to keep physical activity fun a...

“Our surroundings provide a variety of cues that contribute not only to what we learn, but also to how we learn.” - Patricia L. Linn, Adam Howard, Eric Miller Nature-based curriculums have been shown to improve the mental well-being of students and education professionals. Some of the highlights of this research include: Nature boosts performance in the classroom First off, nature has been shown to improve academic achievement in reading, writing, mathematics, and social studi...

Six Ways To Develop A More Positive Mindset

Practical tips that will help you put yourself in a better position to succeed Whatever you’re looking to achieve in your life, you are going to face some setbacks. How you respond to those will play a big part in whether you are successful or not in your endeavours. But being resilient is easier said than done. We spoke to mindset coach Caroline Britton who works with athletes and entrepreneurs, about six methods you can try to improve the way you approach your goals. Each can work in i...

New Report Finds 30 Minutes of Sleep Separate A and F Students in High School

Further proof that shut-eye is key. It’s no secret that sleep is crucial for developing minds, but a surprising new report reveals that even a slight increase can make a huge difference in a child’s grades. The report, titled “Study, Sleep Retreat: Exploring High School Students’ Sleep Patterns in America,” was published by The Best Mattress, a mattress review website. The authors analyzed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Youth Risk Behavior Survey” from 20...

8 Hacks For Getting Out of Never-Ending Meetings

These tricks will get you out of your meetings earlier, giving you more family time. If you’re constantly in conference calls) or meetings that go on and on, try what these mega-slammed parents do to stay on schedule. Plus, some go-to lines to keep on hand to keep your meeting on track. 1. “Keep all meetings to 45 minutes. That way, people have a chance to catch up before the next one.” —Kim Kazemi, bank loan senior associate for NYL Investors LLC 2. “Always ask yourself, ‘What...

Seven Easy Productivity Hacks For Work

A little effort goes a surprisingly long way. Here are the easy ways to be more productive 1. Plan your week “You don’t need to come up with a detailed, hour-by-hour schedule, but spending a few minutes at the weekend planning what you hope to accomplish during the week ahead can be a great way to set yourself up for success come Monday morning,” says journalist and productivity expert Emily Price. “Divide the responsibilities you have for the week into specific days. This practice w...

When I was a kid, I always had this dream of being Santa one day. Here’s this overweight guy with a smile who sleeps all year, then shows up one night to give gifts to everyone in the world. . . .  What a fun job that would be! I also have all these great memories of traditions that our family created around this invisible character called Santa. For example, the reindeer food we tossed out on Christmas Eve along the path to the house and chimney.  Then you have the cookies and milk, and o...

Barbara just found out she got a big promotion. Her first thought? “Finally, I get to fire all these people because I can’t stand them.” Then Barbara realized those same colleagues who got on her nerves for years were now her top performers, and the key to her success. Managing people who used to be your peers is one of the hardest things a leader can do. It’s a common challenge for newly promoted leaders, and if handled in the wrong way it can be catastrophic for performance a...

Brian graduated from college with a degree in business and began working in sales and marketing at a regional construction company soon after. He became quite successful as the company grew quickly. Every year, Brian was promoted. Eventually a team of salespeople reported to him. Around that time, the company really took off, and his role grew even more. He was traveling all the time, with high levels of intensity as the company was acquiring more and more businesses. He was under a tremendous a...

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