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Don't sit: S.M.A.R.T. teachers get kids on the move
By NOAH VERNAU  Jun 29, 2017

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Educators from over 20 counties come to Owatonna for three-day S.M.A.R.T. workshop
By Ryan Anderson on June 15, 2017

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Park Christian S.M.A.R.T. program designed to boost students' learning
By Helmut Schmidt on Oct 15, 2016 at 2:59 p.m. 

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SMART Training comes to Owatonna
SMIF on 06/21/2016

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Local educators get S.M.A.R.T.
By ANNA SEGNER asegner@owatonna.com Jun 16, 2016

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S.M.A.R.T. workshops train educators in Stimulation Portage, WI
By Noah Nvernau nvernau@capitalnewspapers.com, 608-745-3519 on Jun 30, 2016 

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Staying S.M.A.R.T. in Mitchell

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S.M.A.R.T. training for teachers

by Kremena Spengler, The Journal, New Ulm, MN
June 21, 2012 

District 88 is hosting S.M.A.R.T. training Tuesday through Thursday at the District Administrative Center, attended by teachers from New Ulm, Blue Earth, Mankato, Belle Plaine, St. Clair, St. James, LaSalle, LeCenter, Montgomery, Lake Benton, Eau Claire, Wis., and even Tokyo, Japan! (read full article)

The power of movement

by Michelle Bruch, Minnesota Parent, The Camp Issue
March 2012

At a Northeast day camp, 10-year-old kids with autism navigate an unusual obstacle course. They walk a balance beam, hang on monkey bars and alligator-crawl across mats. (read full article)

Teachers learn curriculum designed to prevent learning disabilities

by Ivory Hecker, Northland’s NewsCenter, Duluth, MN
July 14, 2011

Teachers in the Northland are learning a new curriculum that’s designed to correct or prevent learning disabilities in students. S.M.A.R.T. training looks at kids through a developmental, rather than chronological, standpoint and emphasizes the connection between physical movement and mental learning. (read full article)

Northland Foundation approves grant for S.M.A.R.T. program

Pine Journal, Carlton County, MN
February 28, 2011

The Northland Foundation has approved a third year of funding for the Minneapolis-based nonprofit A Chance To Grow to partner with area schools in implementing S.M.A.R.T., a brain-stimulating program shown to improve reading skills. The Northland grant will provide $8,000 toward mentoring services for educators in nine elementary schools in Duluth and across the northeast region. (read full article)

Special education classroom activities

by Carol McCulloch, Bright Hub
February 4, 2011

Designed by professional physical therapists, the Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training (S.M.A.R.T.) curriculum “helps children develop the skills that are essential for classroom learning,” says Josh Orpen, Communications Coordinator of the Minnesota Learning Resource Center. The program’s multi-sensory activities provide tools for training the brain stem to develop auditory, visual, and motor functions. (read full article)

S.M.A.R.T. Learners Spinning up Success in the Classroom

by Jeff Olsen, KARE 11, Minneapolis, MN
August 25, 2010

Teachers continue to adopt a Minnesota-based educational curriculum that uses a variety of physical activities to enhance a child’s mental ability to learn in the classroom… “They say that the average 4-year-old has spent 1,000 hours in a car seat. We know that computers and TV kind of robs kids of normal outside activity,” MLRC Director Nancy Farnham said. Farnham says without that activity, the brain stem isn’t able to develop enough for a child to be ready for classroom learning. (read full article)

S.M.A.R.T. puts teachers on floor

by Jena Pike, Northland News, Duluth, MN
August 17, 2010

The program has helped improve test scores for students in the past, including groups which traditionally have lower scores. Teachers also cover topics, such as behavior in the classroom and what it might mean for a child's learning style, and what mistakes teachers make. "Traditional things – having kids always sitting still, some kids are movement learners, they gather information with a simple rocking back and forth. It might drive you nuts as a teacher but it may be the way the children do it,” said one mentor. (read full article)

Extra stimulation a SMART idea

by Tanner Kent, Mankato Free Press, Mankato, MN,
July 30, 2010

SMART is an increasingly popular curriculum based on neurological science that shows that stimulating certain parts of the brain through muscle movement can prepare students to learn, especially those in elementary grades…Gina Danielson, a first-grade teacher at Washington Elementary, in Mankato, said she would spend about 20 to 30 minutes per day engaging her students in SMART activity. She said the results were noticeable and significant with students being less fidgety, more focused and ready to learn. “I saw growth across the board,” Danielson said. “Reading especially.” (read full article)