Smart Board, June 7 | Education

State provides over 700 sites for kids to get free lunches

Free meals are available to kids at more than 700 locations across New Mexico this summer through programs run by the state.

Most sites serve lunch and many also serve breakfast, according to the Public Education Department.

Meal sites in Santa Fe include SWAN Park, Franklin Miles Park as well as several public schools, including Capital High.

NMSU calls for middle school students to assess games, apps

New Mexico State University is looking for middle school students who are interested in serving as game consultants for the university’s Learning Games Lab.

The lab, which develops educational games and interactives, needs consultants to play and evaluate games.

Consultants will have the chance to pitch a game idea at the end of one of two weeklong sessions.

Kids interested in applying will need access to broadband internet and a device with

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Video games help St. Landry students hone math, science skills

St. Landry Parish teachers are helping students develop missed skills by letting them enter a world they already know well — that of video games.

“Ninety percent of children 6-18 play video games regularly; 50% of parents play video games with kids regularly,” Port Barre Middle School teacher Sandra Castille said. “Game-based learning uses this medium to remediate and enrich our students.”

Castille was one of about six teachers across the district to pilot the Legends of Learning platform in her in an elective remediation class this year. So kids got to be ninjas or superheroes as they worked on math and science skills they might be struggling with to win the game.

Research has long supported learning through play, often referring to hands-on activities for younger students, but game-based content provides similar benefits.

“The biggest impact I saw with my students is risk-taking and pleasant frustration,” Castille said. “Learning

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Salem Academy and College Shepherds in a New Era with Appointment of President Dr. Summer McGee |

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., June 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Salem Academy and College Board of Trustees announces the appointment of Summer Johnson McGee, Ph.D., CPH as the 21st President of the institution. Dr. McGee is the founding and current Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut and will assume her new role at Salem starting July 1, 2021.

As a highly awarded leader and a passionate advocate for women’s education, Dr. McGee will be a source of inspiration and advocacy to the young women of the Academy and College. Dr. McGee received the American College of Healthcare Executives Distinguished Faculty Regents Award in 2014, was named one of the Top 50 U.S. Healthcare Management Professors in 2015, was recognized as one of Connecticut Magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2019 and received the University of New

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