About Oranda

 

 

 

With Oranda, Beauchamp received the 2016

International Educational Entrepreneur of the Year Award 

The name was inspired by the proverb about teaching others to fish....Oranda is a curious looking goldfish with a brainy-like mass on the top of her head. She thrives under the best conditions.  Just like us!

 


 

 

 

After nearly 10 years of classroom teaching and 10 years of teaching teachers, Ruth Beauchamp founded Oranda as a not-for-profit to publish and curate educational resources that help teachers, schools and communities engage, connect and grow with each other and their children.

Over the course of her career, Beauchamp has visited thousands of classrooms where she experienced stressed-out teachers and students, disengaged students, and discouraged teachers.

Beauchamp was compelled to synthesize what she had learned from her 20 plus years in education along with her interests in mindfulness, active learning and neuroscience.  In 2010, she compiled the best of the best activities and published    as a tool to manage moods for learning.  In two years,  made its way into five continents. In 2015, was rebranded, repackaged and refreshed as ....also available as an app on itunes here.

 

 

Acknowledgements

We are full of gratitude to the many who have contributed to Oranda's success. Big shout out and 'whoosh clap' to this amazing Advisory Group for their guidance and support!

Betsy Burroughs
Betsy Burroughs is president of FocusCatalyst, an innovation consultancy in San Francisco that provides Guided Brainstorming for innovators seeking new insights and solutions to business problems, all based on the neuroscience of insight. She has over 25 years experience in major ad agency account management, as president of her own ad agency, and as VP marketing of several media and internet companies. She is the author of FOCUS. The Catalyst for Innovation. Guided Brainstorming for Innovators--a book that teaches effective, easy and fun techniques to increase insight and innovation in business.

Rochelle McLaughlin
Rochelle McLaughlin, MS, OTR/L teaches Mindfulness-Based Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University as well as at the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center. Rochelle works for a Fall Prevention program at Stanford Hospital where she developed a Mindfulness in Fall Prevention component to the program. Rochelle presents locally on mindfulness in a variety of healthcare programs. She is an author, a researcher, and a mother passionate about helping to transform the state of public education today.

Rae Pica
Rae Pica is the founder and director of Moving & Learning and has been a children’s physical activity specialist since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 18 books, including the text Experiences in Movement and Music, the award-winning Great Games for Young Children and Jump into Literacy, and A Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity, and Free Time Create a Successful Child, written for the parents of children birth to eight. Rae is known for her lively and informative workshop and keynote presentations and has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues, Gymboree, and state health departments throughout the country. Rae also served on the task force of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) that created national guidelines for early childhood physical activity and is a member of several advisory boards. In addition, Rae is cofounder of the BAM Radio Network and host of an Internet radio program called “Body, Mind and Child,” for which she interviews experts in education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more.

And the list goes on. It really does take a village! Thank you!

Bert Bower and Amy Larson, Teacher Curriculum Institute; Anne Bakstad, Clearworks; Robert Beauchamp, Spouse; Owen Brown and David Rothenberg, 4128 Associates; Corrine Bucher, Life Coach; Patricia and Richard Calkins, Parents; Pamela Cianci, Event Services; Heather Criswell, WiseInside; Lisa Cope, Freelance Copy Editor; Alison Covarrubias, Copy and Sales; Megan Dale, Marketing and Advertising; Claire Fontana, Marketing; Gary Geschwend, Serial Entrepreneur and SCORE mentor; Chris and Elizabeth Goumas, Strategic Marketing and Sales; Mary Hickey, Business Mentor; Karen Hoffman, Focus Groupie; Moss Kardener, Consultant; Jennifer Kernahan, Copy Editor; John Kersic, Primary Concepts; Chuck Lavaroni, Retired Superintendent; Vince Lepera, PacFul Fulfillment; Dawn Manges; Art Director, Emily Matthews, Nola Marketing; Kelly Parkinson, Copylicious; Jim Phillips, Tax Accountant; Peter Ross, Psychologist and Professor at Mercer's Tift College of Education; Dylan Rumley, Shiftress; Kate Sosnowski, Focus Groupie; Jaime Sutton, E-commerce Platform Expert; Julie Ulstrup, Photographer, Taryn Voget, Everyday Genius Institute; Andy Warner, Illustrator and Web Designer; Jody Webster, Marketing; Carolyn Wilson, Quantum Spirit; Gina Woodman, Bookkeeper.

Press

Press Release:  Ruth Beauchamp Named International Educator of the Year

Children's Therapy Center: Article from Sensory Diet

Article form Special Needs Magazine: Mom Entrepreneurs

Pacifica Tribune and San Jose Mercury Press Release: 
Pacifican Nominated for Prestigious Bammy Award*

Blog:  School Potato Blogspot*

Blog:  Splashing at Children's Expo*

Blog:  When Play Becomes the Norm*

Article from Momma Maestra:
Recessitate Your Classroom*

Article from the Pacifica Patch:
Educator Develops Color Cards to Help Students, Teachers*

Recessitate Electronic Brochure:
Four page 8 1/2" by 11" - pdf*

Press Release:
Companies Race to Help Parents, Teachers, Students - pdf*

Research Paper:


 *Recessitate changed its name to Focus 1-2-3 in 2013

Inspirations and Affiliates

These are some people and organizations whose ideas have inspired the mission to elevate educators and uplift learners.  We hope they inspire you, too!  

Art Costa Centre for Thinking
Promoting, practicing and sustaining the teaching and practice of habit of mind

Begin with the Brain, Martha Kaufeldt
Brain-Compatible Learning, Differentiated Learning, Optimal Learning Environments

Challenge Success
Championing a Broader Vision for Success for Youth

Classroom Instruction that Works, Marzano, Pickering, Pollock 
Integrating Technology in the Classroom using Instructional Strategies 

Conscious Teaching, Rick Smith and Grace Dearborn
Unlocking the Secrets of Great Teaching

English Language Develoment Strategies, Kate Kinsella
Tools for meeting the needs of diverse learners

Everyday Genius Institute, Think Like a Genius
Reveals how masters of their craft think and then teaches you how to do the same

Fizika Active Learning
Provides professional development and resources for active learning

Inspired LearningPeter Reding
Honors and rejuvenates a learner's innate love of learning

Instant RecessDr. Toni Yancy MD MPH 
A call to all of us to get out and move! 

Jensen Learning, Eric Jensen
Practical Teaching with the Brain in Mind

Hawn Foundation, Goldie Hawn
Helping young minds by nuturing resilience, hope and optimism 

International Academy for Educational Entrepreneurship 
For educators who are excited about creating a Program, Product, Technology or Service to improve learning

Math Solutions, Marilyn Burns
Change Perspective, Solve the Problem

Matthew Gollub’s Children Books
A collection of award-winning picture books that highlight language, rhythm, color, and life.

New Management, Rick Morris
System of student management, motivation, and involvement.

The Price of Privilege
How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy

Race to Nowhere
Changing lives one student at a time.

Rae Pica, Moving and Learning
Learn how to promote fitness, self-esteem, self-confidence, learning, and a lot more – without specialized knowledge, fancy equipment, or a lot of money. 

Teachers' Curriculum Institute
Social Studies and Science Publisher Created by Teachers for Teachers

The Whole Child Approach
Each child, in each school, in each of our communities deserves to be healthy, engaged, supported and challenged.

WiseInside
A product line that offers tools to help families connect with each other on a daily basis.

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