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frank Playlist: Changing the Lives of Children


By Kady Berrier

Every year at the frank gathering we hear from movement builders at the front lines of change.

These franksters use strategic communications to drive positive long-lasting social change.

The aim of their efforts is to do more than raise awareness. Rather, it is to design and lead projects that move people to change their behavior, to do something they have never done before that will benefit and transform their lives for the better.

In this frank playlist, a CEO, a reporter and a student share the work they are doing to transform the lives of children through play, understanding their brains and transforming the American education system.


Jill Vialet, CEO and founder of Playworks, works towards implementing healthy and productive recess across the nation. Her work ensures that children have access to proper play in order to develop socially, emotionally, and physically.


Benedict Carey is a science reporter for the New York Times, focusing on the way we learn. His talk at frank shows us how our brains learn and how these methods should be implemented into the classroom for what he calls “Learning 101.”

Samir Rachid, a Karel fellow with the Education Trust, believes in the power of investing in children from low-income backgrounds and those from diverse demographic backgrounds. He advocates for people to believe in these kids because their failures are not a result of intelligence or dedication, but their background and the American education system as a whole.


Posted on March 22, 2016

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