5 Ways to Help Keep the PARCC Test Anxiety Free

It’s that time of year for schools around the country: standardized test season. No matter what we think about the validity or value of standardized tests, the fact is that kids all around the United States are gearing up to sit for hours on end staring a computer screen or test booklets during the school day. Good news! We have some tangible tips for teachers to help students combat test fatigue, anxiety, and stress, and have a happy and successful school day, despite the PARCC test!

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Artist Residency at Prescott

Our Swing for Kids artists in residence, Nicolle and Heather, have been having a blast at Prescott Elementary this school year! They are working with the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes for a full year artist residency. This curriculum explores the roots of Jazz dancing in African rhythms, then moves on to solo Charleston, Tap, Swing, Lindy Hop, and ends with classic Hip-Hop.

Our lessons are fast paced, fun, and engaging! Each session allows for students to see these dance forms in action through vintage videos and learn about the structure and instruments associated with jazz and swing music.

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Why Swing for Kids is so Important

Swing for Kids was founded on the idea that social and emotional learning is just as important as academic subjects. We empower kids in our program by cultivating the non-cognitive skills that help kids be successful both personally and academically in the future.

Research shows that explicitly teaching kids skills like self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsive decision making lead to positive outcomes. Our curriculum and instruction is rooted in cultivating these five competencies.

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Guest Posts!

Check back soon for the official Swing for Kids blog! This is where you'll learn all about what the kids are up to in our Swing for Kids schools and hear inspiring stories from swing dancers around the world.

In the mean time, check out guest post on the The Frankie Manning Foundation website and interview with Executive Director, Kim Kays, on the The Lindy Affair blog!