Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD) began developing the Take the Challenge • Take Charge program in 2003. The program is designed to reduce the amount of time students and families spend using media and reduce exposure to media violence. The program includes curriculum from preschool — high school.
Stanford University Prevention Research Center developed the Student Media Awareness to Reduce Television (S.M.A.R.T.) curriculum for 3rd or 4th grade students to reduce the negative effects of excessive Television, Movies, and Video Game Use. The S.M.A.R.T.curriculum has shown:
• Reduction in student aggression
• Decrease in obesity and weight gain
• Increase in academic achievement
The Take the Challenge • Take Charge program was inspired by the S.M.A.R.T. curriculum and also includes reading, writing, math, science and technology instructional activities that have been aligned to the new College and Career – Ready Common Core standards. These standards have been adopted by 48 states.
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