Jeff Beedy Ed.D
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Adapted from Jeffrey Beedy and Matt Cheney’s Dancing with the Natives 2016

Dancing with the Natives explores how adolescents experience their lives and how adults come to learn how to respectfully dance with adolescents — at least metaphorically.

Remote island

The period of adolescence is not unlike a remote island, a place of isolation, with adults — no matter how well intentioned are perceived as invaders, like doctors arriving by airplane to a place that has never seen either medicine or flying machines. Such doctors would need to find ways to gain the islanders’ trust, learn the steps of the natives dance before their good will is accepted. …


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Do these 5 things and you will succeed with Kids

Jeffrey Beedy Ed.D

Founder

Positive Learning Using Sports www.positivelearningusingsports.com

Kids are magical and say the funniest things. After a long day of spring skiing on a sunny day in Maine, I stopped by the locker room to shower and change. I remember overhearing a father talking with his five-year old son about their day in the other room. The very proud father said, “Wow, I can’t believe what you accomplished today. You tried out your new skis. You and I went up on the chairlift for the first time. After a couple of tries, you were able to get off the chairlift without me having to hold you. You skied to the bottom of the lift by yourself. I knew you were going to be able to ski the beginner slope, but you surprised me when you skied to go up the next lift that was a T-bar. T-bars are very difficult even for older children and with a couple of tries we made it to the top. I am most amazed with the fact you skied down the expert trail. You made great turns and learned how to stay in control. I am so proud of you. We skied together. Today, it was just you and I, Father and son. We enjoyed each other on this beautiful sunny day. What did you like best, the Dad queried?” …


Jeffrey Beedy Ed.D

Founder Positive Learning Using Sports

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“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”

Maria Montessori


Jeffrey Beedy Ed.D

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“Working carefully and conscientiously over 30 years, bringing the best research has to bare, Beedy has produced Positive Learning Using Sports. This no nonsense, level headed approach to the integration of academics, ethics and engagement for youth needs to be part of every school’s agenda.””

Robert L. Selman, Ph. D Harvard University

PLUS is a global campaign to raise awareness of the potential of sport as a natural, accessible, and inexpensive platform to transform young people’s lives for the better. PLUS partners with local communities, schools and organizations to train leaders how to better use sports to teach self- advocate, mindfulness, non-violent communication, and respect. PLUS envisions a world where all sport-based organizations teach what children need to live safe, happy lives. We seek to reach children who may be marginalized due to ability, ethnicity, geography, and economics. …


Teaching and Learning about the Pandemic with your Children

By Bailey Smith

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Introduction: Jeff Beedy

I asked my daughter Bailey, to share a story about teaching and learning lessons while engaged in life long sports such as hiking in the woods. What she ended up writing is a stand alone piece about life sports and bonding with your children during the pandemic.

Walking in the Woods

We had seen the news and heard the growing fears but it felt as though our lives had changed over night… We as parents thought “how do we protect our children in this time while also being honest with them about what our new lives might look like?” Our family loves the outdoors and our weekends often consist of hour upon hour outside in all of the beauty Maine has to offer. The first few days of quarantine looked like Pjs all day, family movie marathons, and lots of baking experiments, some amazing and some from which we may never recover. After those first few lazy days we tried to bring back a “routine” so our children had some sort of normal in their lives. In our routine we slotted a 1hr window in the morning to enjoy a walk in the woods, where we live there are hundreds of acres of wooded trails to explore. On one of our first walks, maybe day 5–7 but who really knows anymore, we set out with a backpack full of snacks that we would enjoy halfway through our walk at the picnic table located in the middle of the woods, we call it the “hide out”. …


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I have fond memories of my Dad. He was a peaceful man who spent his life showing me that he loved me — unconditionally. I think of my Dad when I hear Dan Fogelberg’s Leader of the Band verse “His gentle means of sculpting souls took me years to understand.”

There are so many examples. My father had a way about teaching me. He was not heavy-handed, but I knew what was important to him. To try to explain the depth of his spiritual power over me would be, I guess, a little trying to explain how David Copperfield actually pulls off his magic. In the end does it matter? …


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Relationship-based Education, Community-Building, and Social Distancing

The Challenges of Reimagining Schools

In times of a global economic recession, Dr. Jeff Beedy, a philosopher, visionary, humanist and true educator, provides the framework, guidelines, rationale and tools for a new global “investment.” It is an investment that can last over time and space. …


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Montessori learning

What Maria can teach us about children’s sports Jeff Beedy Ed.D

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I first became intrigued with Maria Montessori’s work at Harvard where I studied with renowned child psychologists Carol Gilligan, Lawrence Kohlberg, Robert Selman, and Sesame Street founder Gerald Lesser, and taught Social Reflections of Literature for Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Robert Coles. My doctorate was in human development with a focus on cognitive, social, and moral development in children. Later, as the interim head of two Montessori School in Alabama and California, I was able to see first hand how the Montessori approach creates a respectful learning culture. …


“No significant learning ever took place without a significant
relationship.”
— James Comer

Jeff Beedy Ed.D
www.positivelearningusingsports.com
www.jeffbeedy.com

In general we involve youth in programs to help develop their personal assets; we want to develop their intellectual, physical, and moral functioning. On the one hand, this seems pretty obvious. What may not be quite so obvious is how this actually takes place. There is a growing body of research indicating that if we hope to develop youth, we must attend to the assets of the communities in which they live and dwell. Specifically, the research suggests that the experience of a caring community is a mediating variable in numerous youth development outcomes. That is to say, we cannot simply “fix-the-kids” by pouring values into them; rather, we must simultaneously seek to develop youth as well as the communities they learn and dwell in. …

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Jeff Beedy Ed.D

​Dr. Beedy is a leader in the field of child development. At Harvard, he studied with psychologists Lawrence Kohlberg and Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Robert Coles

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