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Megan Rosker

Entries by Megan Rosker

Deconstructing the Evening Gown

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 4:40 PM

On most awards nights in Hollywood I get caught up in the glitz and glam of the online culture and spew of television coverage of what is happening on the red carpet. The next morning I waken with a glam hangover. All the stardust has settled in my mouth, chalky...

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Mr. Minkel Goes to the White House

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 5:23 PM

Last week I read this article written by Justin Minkel, 2007 Arkansas teacher of the year, a board member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, and a member of the Center for Teaching Quality's Collaboratory. He also writes two blogs,

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Play for Children: Form and Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 9:14 AM

I have spent much of the past five years talking about the importance of unstructured free play. Earlier this spring, this article was released by Pacific Standard Magazine on the value of free play. As one can imagine, it goes about proving once again the multitude...

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Do You Know a Huggable Hero?

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 3:15 PM

Just about this time last year, I wrote a post on my website Let Children Play about the NFL Play 60 program that encouraged kids to invent a new game to play outside over the summer. Such programs encourage innovation and leadership that is rarely seen...

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Building Bears, Building Relationships

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 4:38 PM

Most well intentioned parents struggle with today's consumer culture. Many brands and stores are aiming advertising right at our children. They know our kids have their own electronic devices and are online. In fact, I am continuously shocked to hear how many of my son's friends are on YouTube alone...

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Who's Got the Soul to Teach?

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 5:37 PM

A few months ago, after I returned to teaching elementary school on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico, my friend Holly Pavlika of Momentum Nation asked me what it meant to be a teacher. I have been thinking about this question for several months and, Holly, I'm finally...

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Giving Kids a Shot @ Life, Growing Stronger

(3) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 12:16 PM

In the time it takes you to read this post, 15 children will die of diseases that we know how to prevent. Diseases like rotavirus, pneumonia, polio and measles. Can you imagine being the parent whose child contracts one of these illnesses and you know halfway around the world children...

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Giving Thanks for Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 10:26 AM

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we all have the idea of giving thanks on our minds. Perhaps your children are doing projects in school about being thankful or friends or family are sending cards and well wishes, giving thanks for special relationships and moments in the past year. But...

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Johnson & Johnson, Mayor Booker Partner for Better Health

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 1:55 PM

When I say the words Johnson & Johnson, you can probably smell the baby shampoo we all used as children and which you may still use with your own children. The company is iconic in American culture. They encompass 125 years of production in the United States and despite their...

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Make Every Day the Day of the Girl

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 3:56 PM

When we think of those disenfranchised by the corruption of capitalism, war and civil corruption, seldom do we narrow it down to girls, but in recent years it has become understood that one of the most direct ways to raise a population out of poverty and give voice to those...

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Finding Your BFF on Twitter

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 12:07 PM

Twitter is a community in which it is eternally summer. We can sit online and chat over the back fence of the Internet for hours, even though our neighbors may be a world away.
Recently I had the chance to sit down with five women who chat everyday...

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New Mobile App Helps Parents Make Sure Kids Get Playtime

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 1:26 PM

Do you count? TapTrak thinks you do. This new micro journal app was developed to simplify how people keep track of the menagerie of numbers and to-do lists that can quickly burden the 21st century mom and dad. With all the recommended time limits and guidelines...

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America Is Safer Than Ever, So Why Are Parents So Scared?

(11) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 1:43 PM

It's a quiet Sunday morning when I punch in the numbers on my phone to call Lenore Skenazy, author of the New York Times bestseller Free Range Kids. It's maybe the second or third time we've talked by phone. The phone rings only once and she picks up....

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What Do You Feed Your Family in a Pinch?

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 1:06 PM

Finding time to create delicious meals that nourish our family can be tough these days. After all, many families have packed schedules, chock-full of play dates, sports practices and homework, all juggled by two working parents. On top of it all we feel the pressure to cook healthy meals for...

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Play Time Contributes to Success of Success Academy

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 3:47 PM

As a parent of three school-age children living in New York City it is hard to avoid all the talk about the success of Success Academy. Success Academy is a New York City-based free charter school with some of the highest test scores in the state of New York. As...

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Is There Really a War in Education?

(4) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 9:24 PM

In the past few years I've noticed a fair amount of people that tout themselves as education reformers using the catch phrase "The War on Education." It's not a phrase I have used in my writing. It's too violent and too negative, but I never knew there were others who...

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Giving Kids a Shot@Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 5:19 PM

In our fast-paced Western world, it is easy for us to forget the amount of privilege we have. While our health care system and our education system may be lacking in some areas, they are operating in a far more complete way than in many parts of the developing world....

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The Secret Life of a Teach for America Alum

(124) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 11:58 AM

In all my time as an education and play advocate I have often glazed over my teaching experience. I mention I'm a former teacher and leave it at that. Why am I so closeted about it? Come closer and I'll tell you the secret I've been keeping, but please promise...

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Do We Have the Right to Be Fat?

(235) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 6:50 PM

By now many of us have probably heard the news: New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg plans a ban on a sugary drinks larger than 16oz. The story was carried in full in yesterday's New York Times.

This morning while cruising news sites and blogs, I...

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Kids Suffer Without Neighborhood Playtime

(3) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 12:10 PM

I'm not going to paint one of those sappy portraits of play gone by. We all know by now that most of us played more freely than our kids do today. Seldom do we drive down a street and see kids wildly riding bikes or playgrounds crowded with children who...

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