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How did movement become trivialized? How did testing become the only measure of a child’s success? We must allow for whole child development.

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Finland is an educational superpower, despite breaking almost every “rule” we Americans think we know about education. Wrong Turns, Right Moves in Education (Archway, 2019) investigates the differences in these systems, advocating for an educational model that focuses on quality over quantity and the social emotional growth of children through play.

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January 30, 2023

The LiiNK Project
Right Moves podcast has a VERY exciting episode for you this week! We brought on #jillwood and @amanda_mcmickle to discuss the role of play in overcoming the pandemic. We also brought on #sarahmercado from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development as our guest moderator for this series. This was part 1 of a 2-part series with Jill, Amanda, and Sarah. Stay tuned for part 2!You can find this podcast on Spotify, Apple, and here: anchor.fm/liink-project#rightmovespodcast #play #unstructuredplay #tculiink #liinkcenter #newpodcast #postcovid #schools #wholechildhealth ...
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January 25, 2023

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Who's excited for tonight's #WePlayChat featuring LiiNK founder and director, Dr. Debbie Rhea?! 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏾Dr. Rhea will be answering @USPlayCoalition's questions about #play through LiiNK's Twitter account - @tculiink Tune in at 6pm CST to join the conversation!Tonight (Jan 25) @ 7pm ET/4pm PT we go live on Twitter with Dr. Deborah Rhea from The LiiNK Project at Texas Christian University for our 2023 Kickoff #WePlayChat - "The Lack of Play Leads to Unhealthy Lives." Don't miss this chat! Debbie Rhea, Ed.D., is professor of Kinesiology and founding director of The LiiNK Project at Texas Christian University. Dr. Rhea has been an educator for the past 42 years, the first 11 years in K-12 physical education and the last 31 years at the university level preparing physical education teachers and researching children through physical activity and play. The research project she’s most known for is LiiNK (Let’s inspire innovation ‘N kids), which is moving schools to think differently about creating a whole child, whole teacher learning environment.Debbie has received national media attention because of LiiNK from many different news outlets including The Today Show, the Washington Post, and the NBC Nightly News. She has published in numerous journals and presented professionally on many different topics related to living a healthy and productive life. Debbie has received the Healthcare Hero award from the Dallas Business Journal and the Fort Worth Business Press for her research to create intrinsically motivated active, healthy children.Join the chat on Twitter, Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. Learn more at usplaycoalition.org/weplaychat-on-twitter . . .#play #school #playmatters #kids #teachers #learningthroughplay #students #education #health #healthyplay #unstructuredplay #wholehealth #schools #healthylifestyle #physicaleducation #kinesiology #schoolimprovement #schoolculture #physed #recess ...
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January 24, 2023

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Be sure to head to Twitter tomorrow at 6pm CST to join the #WePlayChat between US Play Coalition and our very own, Dr. Debbie Rhea! It will be a very exciting way to engage learn more about our cause, straight from the founder! Dr. Rhea will be tweeting from LiiNK's Twitter account - @tculiink See you there! To learn more about We Play Chats, visit usplaycoalition.org/weplaychat-on-twitterDon't miss the next #WePlayChat on Twitter! Join us on Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm ET/4pm PT with Dr. Deborah Rhea from The LiiNK Project at Texas Christian University discussing "The Lack of Play Leads to Unhealthy Lives." Be sure to set your alarm ⏰ because you won't want to miss the chat!Debbie Rhea, Ed.D., is professor of Kinesiology and founding director of The LiiNK Project at Texas Christian University. Dr. Rhea has been an educator for the past 42 years, the first 11 years in K-12 physical education and the last 31 years at the university level preparing physical education teachers and researching children through physical activity and play. The research project she’s most known for is LiiNK (Let’s inspire innovation ‘N kids), which is moving schools to think differently about creating a whole child, whole teacher learning environment.Debbie has received national media attention because of LiiNK from many different news outlets including The Today Show, the Washington Post, and the NBC Nightly News. She has published in numerous journals and presented professionally on many different topics related to living a healthy and productive life. Debbie has received the Healthcare Hero award from the Dallas Business Journal and the Fort Worth Business Press for her research to create intrinsically motivated active, healthy children.Join the chat on Twitter, Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. Learn more at usplaycoalition.org/weplaychat-on-twitter ...#school #playmatters #kids #teachers #learningthroughplay #students #education #health #healthyplay #unstructuredplay #wholehealth #schools ...
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January 23, 2023

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📣 NEW EPISODE 📣 Host Dr. Debbie Rhea takes her discussion of unstructured play outside to break down the benefits of the great outdoors and give tips on how to incorporate outdoor time into your daily life.Listen on Apple, Spotify, at at the link below!anchor.fm/liink-project#rightmovespodcast #tculiink #liinkcenter #health #healthyplay #unstructuredplay #wholehealth #newpodcast ...
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January 19, 2023

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8 is great!!! We are kicking off our 8th year of #WePlayChat on Twitter this month with an awesome voice for play and recess in school, Dr. Debbie Rhea, from TCU’s LiiNK Center for Healthy Play. Debbie Rhea, Ed.D., is professor of Kinesiology and founding director of The LiiNK Project at Texas Christian University. Dr. Rhea has been an educator for the past 42 years, the first 11 years in K-12 physical education and the last 31 years at the university level preparing physical education teachers and researching children through physical activity and play. The research project she’s most known for is LiiNK (Let’s inspire innovation ‘N kids), which is moving schools to think differently about creating a whole child, whole teacher learning environment.Debbie has received national media attention because of LiiNK from many different news outlets including The Today Show, the Washington Post, and the NBC Nightly News. She has published in numerous journals and presented professionally on many different topics related to living a healthy and productive life. Debbie has received the Healthcare Hero award from the Dallas Business Journal and the Fort Worth Business Press for her research to create intrinsically motivated active, healthy children. Join the chat on Twitter, Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. Learn more at lnkd.in/d68SHA5 ...#school #playmatters #kids #teacher #learningthroughplay #students #education #health #healthyplay #unstructuredplay #wholehealth @tculiink ...
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January 16, 2023

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Episode 2 of Right Moves is live! Hear Dr. Rhea discuss the benefits of unstructured play for all ages.You can stream this podcast on Spotify, Apple, or at the link below!anchor.fm/liink-project#rightmovespodcast #tculiink #liinkcenter #health #healthyplay #unstructuredplay #wholehealth #newpodcast ...
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January 9, 2023

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January 9, 2023

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Episode 1 of Right Moves is now LIVE! Hear host Dr. Debbie Rhea discuss educational approaches in the U.S. versus Finland.Listen on Spotify, Apple, or at the link here 👉https://anchor.fm/liink-project#rightmovespodcast #tculiink #liinkcenter #health #healthyplay #unstructuredplay #wholehealth #newpodcast ...
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What a week it's been! We hope everyone is staying safe and warm out there. For anyone whose kids are feeling that cabin fever, check out this article from Genius of Play for some great indoor play ideas!

https://www.thegeniusofplay.org/genius/expert-advice/articles/top-20-indoor-activities-to-get-kids-up-and-moving.aspx#.Y9rGymhMFPw

#tculiink #play #badweatherday #wholechildhealth

(1/2) Right Moves podcast has a VERY exciting episode for you this week! We brought on Jill Wood and Amanda McMickle to discuss the role of play in overcoming the pandemic. We also brought on Sarah Mercado from @Child_TCU as our guest moderator for this series.

If you missed the latest #WePlayChat on "The Lack of #Play Leads to Unhealthy Lives" - don't fret! You can follow the whole thread & still comment, like and RT! Just put #WePlayChat in the search bar and click on "Latest." Then you just go backwards...or scroll from Q1 to now!

@MaggieStaley1 @USPlayCoalition Different play for different people- yes, Maggie 🎉. Stuart Brown introduced 8 play personalities…
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Which resonate with you?

@USPlayCoalition A3: there are certainly clear, and less clear, effects from #playdeprevation yet I think I may concern would be one of increased isolation and detachment from that community we talked about #weplaychat #marcatplay

@tculiink @marcatplay @USPlayCoalition This kind of info is fascinating to me. The more we know about the effects of stress, the more we know how much play is needed in our lives!
@mrdearybury and I are sharing a daily #playchallenge for every month in 2023. Check out January #weplaychat

A4 for me, it’s modeling playful living and continuing to share the message of play’s benefits. If we all do this we can start a play-revolution! #WePlayChat

Who's excited for tonight's #WePlayChat featuring LiiNK founder and director, Dr. Debbie Rhea?! 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏾
Dr. Rhea will be answering @USPlayCoalition's questions about #play through THIS account. Tune in at 6pm CST to join the conversation!

Tonight (1/25/23) @ 7pm ET/4pm PT we go live w/Debbie Rhea from @tculiink at @TCU for our 2023 Kickoff #WePlayChat "The Lack of #Play Leads to Unhealthy Lives." Don't miss this chat! #school #kids #Teachers #education #health #healthyplay #unstructuredplay #wholehealth #schools