Well-rounded education very important for all

Originally published on April 19, 2019 in The Daily Star.

By Denielle Cazzolla

Education today goes far beyond the “three R’s” — reading, writing and arithmetic.

Luckily, we’ve come far enough to realize that the three R’s really are an “r,” a “w” and an “a.”

There are also social studies and science at the core of learning standards. Beyond that there is foreign language, art, music, technology, business skills, drama, physical education … the list goes on. Read More

Social emotional learning and physical tasks

Originally published March 17, 2019 in the Hillsdale Daily News.

By Steve Head

The superintendents of Lenawee County schools have made social-emotional learning the focus of our monthly articles for this school year.

This month, the focus is on the role of physical activity on social-emotional learning. Physical education classes and play provide a wonderful opportunity for our students to develop the key skills necessary for self-confidence and self-esteem, along with a healthy lifestyle. Read More

DeLucia Puts the Fun in Fitness

Originally published March 6, 2019 in the Zip06News.

By Pam Johnson

He’s the star of Fitness Fridays, the mind behind some stellar physical education grants, the father of an annual family fitness fundraiser, and the ringmaster of a circus-based student experience. Suffice it say, physical education teacher Derek DeLucia puts the fun in fitness at Melissa Jones Elementary School (MJS).

Now in his sixth year at MJS, Derek (also known as “Coach D”) started making a splash at the school by instituting Fitness Fridays five years ago, using a grant he wrote and received from Guilford Fund for Education (GFFE). Read More

Setting Preschoolers on an Active Path

Originally published Feb. 12, 2019 in U.S. News & World Reports.

By Len Canter, HealthDay Reporter

Physical activity is closely linked to development of a child’s mental skills — ones essential to academic success and navigating challenges they’ll face throughout life.

Studies show that boosts in thinking ability, or executive function, often follow bouts of activity. But only one-third of children are physically active every day. Less than half the time they spend in school activities — like physical education, team practices and even games — includes movement that qualifies as physical activity. This shortfall means that their physical health, as well as their mental skills, may suffer. Read More