Teachers Reunite in Celebration of National Wellness Month Before Returning to In-Person Instruction

Washington, August 20, 2021 -/DailyVoice/- After a year of virtual learning, educators are reuniting this August in celebration of National Wellness Month before heading back into the classroom for in-person instruction.

The reunion was inspired after nearly 365 days of virtual learning, alarming attrition rates and mental burnout for DC metropolitan educators. The event seeks to encourage self-care, reduce stress, and promote healthy routines inside and outside of the classroom.

“As a community, we must acknowledge the need to bolster support around our teacher leaders. This should be followed by intentional actions to ensure that teachers are equipped with resources and the knowledge to positively influence the generation of students that we presently serve,” said Teresa Lasley, founder of Instructional Gym. Instructional Gym is an innovative professional development and wellness program that provides F.I.T. (focused, intentional, tailored) instruction to combat the presence of teacher burnout. For its one year anniversary this August, Instructional Gym is focused on helping teachers prepare to go back to the classroom. The series of events curated for this school year is centered around the theme “How to add more bounce, more boom and more balance to your instruction”. Each will be an optional 20 minute hands-on session representing three forms of fitness exercise: HITT, Boxing and Yoga.

There will be consultations with teachers around creating spaces that advocate self-care, passion and excellence as well as classroom spaces that nurture joy and student achievements.

The Back to School celebration, dubbed “Teacher Reboot,” will be taking place on August 20, 2021 at The Sandlot Southeast, 71 Potomac Avenue SE Washington, DC 20003. A ticket for the event is $20 and can be purchased at bit.ly/teacherreboot. Interested guests can win a free ticket by engaging with the Instructional Gym social media community. This event will be taking place outdoors and all COVID-19 protocols will be adhered to.

For more information about Instructional Gym, visit our website at www.instructionalgym.com. To arrange for an interview or to learn more, please contact LaWanda White at 202-497-8393 or email at lawanda@independentlypr.com.

About Instructional Gym:
Instructional Gym is an innovative professional development and wellness program that provides F.I.T. (focused, intentional, tailored) instruction to combat the presence of teacher burnout. The Instructional Gym supports “all things teacher” through various learning communities in order to ensure that all stakeholders thrive while promoting responsive environments of engagement.

Bergen county’s own “The Renaissance Child” school had their robotics teams compete in an international FIRST® LEGO® League competition!

Robotics, what is it? And how it’s taking learning to new heights. 

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.

Robotics programs develop problem-solving skills and creativity. 

FIRST® LEGO® League introduces STEM to children through fun, exciting hands-on learning. 

2/3/21 ,Cliffside Park, NJ

The Renaissance Child is a STEAM enrichment program for kids in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. They are making waves in Bergen counting with fresh and memorable ways to help children learn , all while having fun doing it.  They offer a wide variety of classes and events for children such as Montessori learning, LEGO engineering and robotics, bilingual education, and more! Meet Elena, the founder of the business and brains behind the operation. Her inspiration behind the business was simple she says;

 “I was looking for a class for my son which will address all his developmental needs including  physical, emotional, educational, and cultural.”

She then decided to take the reins into her own hands by creating a community and safe space for children to think outside the box, introduce them to a social environment, and receive a quality education. 

Bringing this small but mighty school to enter in their very first , FIRST® LEGO® League competition. FIRST® LEGO® League introduces STEM to children through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together. The Renaissance Child created an opportunity for young children to join a global robotics community. 

 No other school in Bergen county offers this kind of program ,and not only did they compete but won the Team Model award for innovation and creativity through the design and building their team models. 

The students who joined this club were ecstatic ! They have been prepping and learning the ins and outs of building and coding a Lego structure for months on end.  They had to build and design a structure from imagination, the process would take them bringing their ideas together and having them work in harmony, It truly helped them to see how effective working together on a team can be. The theme this year is sports. In the PLAYMAKERS challenge, the creativity of young minds will transform our play spaces. What activities can we do in those spaces? How can the games and the places where we play change to reflect the people playing or the equipment we have? Participants will harness their natural curiosity and use their critical thinking and imagination to explore what future spaces for play will look like. Guided by adult coaches, children will work together to solve fun engineering challenges and build models using LEGO® bricks, gaining habits of learning, confidence, and teamwork skills along the way.

It took them hours to assemble the entire structure and couldn’t have had it done in the time allotted, without the help, and innovation of their fellow teammates and coaches. This process is great for children’s development not only building critical thinking skills but also building their social confidence. After they were finished putting their final touches on building the structure, they had to present and explain their part in the building process in front of their peers and the judges. They practiced and recited their speeches making sure it was just right, which really built up their public speaking muscles! In the final moments before they were to perform   Despite the daunting fact that we are still battling the coronavirus pandemic these kids really put their game faces on and let nothing deter them from their goals. There were two teams, one virtual and one regular, and they managed to communicate effectively to get the job done. Overall, it’s nice to see children get together during a time where having the companionship of a team and social interaction is needed the most. 

The Renaissance Child offers unique classes and thought through programs, a place where kids can find like minded peers to collaborate with ,and learn from. These classes Offer a comprehensive approach to education. We took a moment to ask founder Elena 

What do kids today want?

“Kids want a Hands on experience, new technologies, and clubs with like minded kids.” 

Congratulations to all of the kids: “Team Tech” Lucas DiBugnara, Luka Glidden, Julian Greco, Jesse Greenhut, Kennedy Johansen, Kavin Joshi; “R Team” Timothy Marin, Mark Melamed, Wanda Orzechowska, Demian Pasymansky, Nikita Sakatch, Maxim Zubaydullin, and Coaches: Lisa Greenhut,  Elena Melamed, and Jaclyn Joerg who worked so hard to compete! We are so proud of you! You can find more information about The Renaissance child and all of the unique classes they have to offer at www.therchild.com. Follow them on social media at @thrchild 

The Renaissance Child. BUILDING A FOUNDATION OF KNOWLEDGE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING. Home for well-rounded individuals & out-of-the-box thinkers. Montessori Approach | STEAM | Robotics 

Name of Press Contact: Jessica Napoletano

Phone: (201) 499-7178

Email: support@therchild.com 

The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development and Retail Strategies to Host Inaugural Texas Retail Academy

San Antonio, TX, December 09, 2020 – The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development has partnered with Retail Strategies, LLC to offer Retail Academy to six communities across Texas. The UTSA Institute for Economic Development will act as an accountability partner for the communities.

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Institute for Economic Development and Retail Strategies

Retail Academy is designed to educate city leaders on retail and business recruitment, real estate, and small business support. Retail Academy is made possible to cities that are awarded a grant through USDA. The event kicked-off virtually on September 23 and the course will take place over the next year.

“Our communities need additional support and resources now more than ever amid COVID-19,” said Matthew Jackson, director at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development. “Retail Academy will be instrumental in providing the critical tools to our communities to help boost retail and small business. We are excited about this partnership and to give the Retail Academy program to the selected Texas communities. This partnership gives communities the autonomy to formulate a retail strategy that targets their own community’s retail expansion and better understand their markets. We hope that by providing the Retail Academy program, each community will see effective strategic implementation and retail recruitment.”

The Retail 101 course is an introduction to retail recruitment. The six communities selected for the inaugural program including Borger, Giddings, Lamesa, Perryton, Sweetwater and Tahoka.

More than 30 communities applied for the Retail Academy program in Texas. USDA fully funded six communities’ participation in the program with grants. These communities were chosen based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative analysis. Demographics including population, unemployment, poverty rate and income made up the quantitative data. The qualitative analysis was based on the individual communities’ application responses.

Developed by Retail Strategies, Retail Academy educates communities on best practices to attract new retail and restaurants while providing resources to support and grow existing local businesses.

“We are proud to bring the Retail Academy program to Texas communities with help from the USDA and UTSA Institute for Economic Development,” said Lacy Beasley, president of Retail Strategies. “Retail Academy is designed to provide resources and education to community leaders that will allow them to demystify retail real estate and retail recruitment. We believe that these communities will use the tools Retail Academy offers for job growth and retention. Since 2015, Retail Academy has been used to expedite communities’ learning curve and use the materials to proactively recruit new retail and restaurant businesses. We applaud the communities across the country that have seen success. We are very excited to begin the program with the UTSA Institute for Economic Development and to partner with communities across the state of Texas.”

About Retail Academy

Retail Academy is a program developed from the leading national retail advisory firm, Retail Strategies. The program assists communities in strengthening their retail landscape. Communities will be trained and equipped with the tools and education necessary to attract new retailers to their markets, while providing support to their existing local businesses.

https://www.retailstrategies.com/retailacademy/.

About the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute of Economic Development

The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute of Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. Their many centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research, market analysis, and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. The Institute seeks ways for UTSA to grow and prosper along with the San Antonio community.

For more information visit https://iedtexas.org/

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