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Third graders read instructions for yoga poses. Yasmin Bendaas/EducationNC
In the fall, I visited the action based learning (ABL) lab at Hollister Elementary Leadership Academy to see brain science first-hand.
“What we learned is that the brain can be healed. If you work on those aspects of the brain to get them functioning better, kids can learn better,” Principal Amy Boyette said. “ABL encompasses the idea of bringing the learning to the kids in the way that they need it most.”
Read more about Hollister Elementary’s ABL lab here and see the video below.
Yasmin Bendaas is a Science writer. A North Carolina native, she received her master’s degree in Science & Medical Journalism at UNC Chapel Hill, where she was a Park Fellow. She received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology in 2013 from Wake Forest University, where she double-minored in journalism and Middle East and South Asia studies. As an undergraduate student, Bendaas gained insight into public health when she interned at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, a statewide grantmaker focused on rural health, including access to primary care, diabetes, community-centered prevention, and mental health and substance abuse.
As a journalist, Bendaas has been funded twice by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for fieldwork in Algeria — first to cover a disappearing indigenous tattoo tradition, and again to look at how climate change affects rural sheepherding practices.