Let’s Inspire Innovation ‘N Kids
The LiiNK Project is based on research in the U.S. and other countries to incorporate a much more inclusive, innovative model than traditional public schools have adopted over the past 20 years. The approach traditional public schools have adopted is centered around a required number of minutes in specific content areas daily. Standardized tests are the focus of determining success of a school or grade level achievement. LiiNK is based on improved brain development as a result of physical activity and outdoor exposure throughout the day, and character development taught daily. State requirements are still included.
Interestingly though, as a result of the traditional school mindset, participation in physical education has declined across U.S. schools, due to the belief that if students are in class for more hours, teacher competencies are measured competitively, and teachers teach to a test, students will ultimately become better learners/scholars. LiiNK and other researchers have shown that children who engage in more physical activity and play and more quality academic content daily will do better academically than children who are sedentary, less creative and active, and pressured with more quantity academic content daily.
The power of LiiNK is much bigger than just the unstructured, outdoor play piece daily that most people think LiiNK is about. LiiNK alters the policies, procedures, and practices of a school/district to meet whole child/whole school needs through the following aspects.
- Teacher/Administrator/Leader Training to shift procedures to include the whole child
- Implementation of four 15-minute unstructured, outdoor play breaks daily
- Implementation of daily 15-minute Positive Action character curriculum lessons
- District leadership discussions throughout each year to create a sustainable whole child change
This program requires three years to roll out Grades K-3 or if pre-K is in the school, it would be included also. The rollout is grades pre-K-1 in the first year; grade 2 in the second year, and grade 3 in the third year.
Going into this Fall 2018, the project will be in 24 public schools and two private schools (see list of districts and private schools on front page). The LiiNK Project, over the past four years of implementation, has continued to grow in how it is delivered, what it truly impacts, and how it transforms the lives of children and teachers in a school environment.
This plan has the potential to strengthen the public school system through better health (less obesity, less type II diabetes, increased energy); higher expectations of social responsibility (emphasizing ethical behaviors); more time to be playful and creative in order to learn more effectively when in the classroom; fewer standardized tests, which will develop more student confidence and self-esteem to learn, because a student will no longer be labeled by a score; and less time in a classroom setting (although no less rigor of content), which will create more passion in students to learn and less burnout as a result of too much time in school.