TEDxCrestmoorParkED, presented by Colorado Public Television, featured The Education SPARK on October 24, 2013 at the Lakewood Cultural Center.
This live, interactive event featured dynamic speakers who talked about SPARK, the interaction between academics and physical fitness, dropout prevention strategies, and additional ideas related to education.
Speaker Videos, Summaries and Smart Graphics:
Click on each speaker's photo below for a video of his or her talk, a brief summary, as well as amazing "smart graphics" that artist Janine Underwood created during each speech.
About TEDx, x = Independently Organized Event:
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx.
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is call TEDxCrestmoorParkED, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxCrestmoorParkED event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.
The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
During the academic year 2012-2013 Jefferson County Schools (Jeffco) implemented SPARK* in five schools to test the revolutionary brain and fitness initiative. Designed to directly impact learning performance, SPARK leverages the benefits of physical activity on brain performance and behavior. By getting students physically moving more during school and enjoying the brain wake-up that is a result of the aerobic activity, SPARK is showing incredible academic improvements. The initiative is based on the book by Harvard MD, Dr. John Ratey, that argues the link between improved academic performance (test scores), better attendance and reduced behavioral issues with vigorous physical activity when included in every school day.
*The research, as highlighted in the book SPARK is compelling. School district after school district has implemented a version of the SPARK philosophy in their academic day and has seen test scores and student confidence rise, while behavioral issues have fallen. In Naperville, Illinois, the children at Naperville Central High School, after the SPARK implementation, scored first in the world in science test scores and sixth in math, behind only Asian countries. At the five Jeffco schools where SPARK was implemented in the Denver area, students who were previously part of the “frequent flier group” to the principal, and a common topic at staff meetings, have not been sent to the office yet this year, and are no longer a concern with staff. While anecdotal at this stage of the Jeffco experiment, the evidence is clear that including at least 60 minutes of vigorous exercise in a school day, leads to better school performance and cuts down on the factors that lead to school disengagement and dropout. The evidence is convincing and SPARK is an idea that is worth sharing.
Take a look at our recent blog post, Exercise & the Brain: A Movement Based on Movement Is Taking Shape in Colorado Schools, to learn more about the effects of SPARK in Jeffco Public Schools
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This event is part of American Graduate – Let's make it happen – a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.