Health/Phys. Ed.

Minding the Gap | Lesson Plan Clips

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Minding the Gap is a coming of age film by Bing Liu. Starting in high school, Bing begins to make skate videos. What starts as a hobby ends up as a profound exploration of issues that is likely to resonate deeply with students.

The diverse group of participants in the film — Bing, Keire, Zack, and Nina — see and feel the often jarring challenges of life in a small, declining Rust Belt city. Collectively, they experience family violence, substance abuse, economic insecurity, racism, and teen pregnancy, along with the typical struggles of identity formation as teens become adults. To cope, they skate — regulating the speed at which they move through life, attacking obstacles and flipping over platforms, sometimes unsuccessfully. The risks they take are sometimes rewarded and sometimes the source of pain. But they persevere.

Trauma and Toxic Stress: One Man’s Story | You Are Not Alone

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Youth development leader Aubrey Williams of Louisville, Kentucky, talks about his journey from troubled teen to youth mentor. As a youth he was caught up in an environment of drugs and crime, and after being shot, he spiraled into depression. Now he is project coordinator at the Youth Violence Prevention Research Center at the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health and Information Sciences. He also serves as a mentor to young people in West Louisville. This video segment is part of You Are Not Alone, a youth mental health series produced by KET.

Therapies for Anxiety: Harmony Farm | You Are Not Alone

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Harmony Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky, helps children and teens resolve anxiety issues through a playful, relaxed atmosphere that includes art and horses, plus counseling. This video segment is part of You Are Not Alone, a youth mental health series produced by KET.

Nick Stergiou: UNO Professor and Creator of UNO’s Department of Biomechanics | What If – Innovator Insights

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NOTE: Spanish version is captions only.

Nick Stergiou leads the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s biomechanics program. They conduct a wide range of human movement research. He has degrees in exercise science and biomechanics.

Innovation Insights features short video interviews with innovators and creators answering questions about things like influences, passions, and mistakes, and offering advice for the next generation of innovators.

Michael | Not Broken

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Michael faces the truth as he shares his story of self-medicating with drugs.

This video segment is part of Not Broken, a candid and hopeful documentary about seven young people fighting to live their dreams despite their mental health challenges, produced by Arizona Public Media.

The Spokane Valley Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer

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KSPS Public Television has joined with the Idaho Washington Aquifer Collaborative to help educate residents in the Inland Northwest about the importance of protecting their sole source of drinking water—the Spokane Valley Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer.

This collection of videos provides an overview and exploration of the Spokane Valley Rathdrum Prairie aquifer, its importance to the Inland Northwest, how it works, how it can be damaged, and simple actions residents can take to protect and preserve the water from the aquifer.

The Trauma-Informed School | You Are Not Alone

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Arnett Elementary School in Erlanger, Kentucky, is working toward a “trauma-informed” approach to students’ mental and emotional well-being. This approach emphasizes recognizing different types of trauma and responding in ways that promote healing and empowerment for the survivor. This video segment is part of You Are Not Alone, a youth mental health series produced by KET.

School Dress Codes: When Do They Go Too Far? | Above the Noise

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On social media, conversations about #Imnotadistraction are gaining popularity, and school dress codes are coming under fire from students who say these policies can be sexist and racist. But many argue strict dress codes are necessary for a safe learning environment. So, how should schools decide on dress code policies? Have your students watch the video and respond to the question in KQED Learn.

The accompanying lesson plan asks students to explore the pros and cons of dress code policies in light of the national conversation, as well as their own school. 

Mental Health: Operation Parent | You Are Not Alone

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The nonprofit group Operation Parent supports parents with services and information on a wide range of issues, from social media to vaping to mental health. Jean Schumm founded Operation Parent after feeling overwhelmed while raising her five children, and she has made it her life’s mission to use the knowledge she gained to help other parents. This segment is part of You Are Not Alone, a youth mental health series produced by KET. Parent training videos on teens and social media, provided by Operation Parent, are also available.

Bad Behavior Online: Bullying, Trolling & Free Speech | Off Book

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The internet is a powerful tool for communication, but it can sometimes be a double-edged sword. As most of us have seen or experienced, the internet can bring out the worst behavior in people, highlighting some of the cruelest and most hurtful aspects of humanity. Issues such as bullying online and trolling have garnered a lot of attention recently, prompting questions about who does, and should, regulate the internet, and what free speech means online.

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