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August/September 2021

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full-time instructors. Teacher Jhulsany Futol brought his first grade class on a field trip to Levi's last year shortly before in-person experiences were suspended due to the pandemic. 49ers EDU let the United Educators of San Francisco member invite another first grade class at his school as well. " We did a lot of physical activities," Futol recalls. "It was a force and move- ment lab with different stations. e kids did drills similar to football drills — run- ning, maneuvering through obstacles. It was their favorite field trip of the year." Last fall , Futol's new group of first graders participated in a 49ers EDU vir- tual lesson, which they enjoyed. "It was a combination of arts and geometry. e instructor did a tutorial using different sh ap e s in fo o tb al l for ki d s to draw," he says. All 49ers EDU offerings are free. The program has thus far served more than 350,000 participants, including during the pandemic, when in-person field trips were suspended. More than 60 percent of students have come from Title I schools. 4 9 e r s E D U o f f e r s t h r e e m a i n components: • The Playbook, a textbook that stu- dents receive at in-person sessions. e book is online as e Digital Playbook, available for free in English and, as of this past spring, in Spanish. • e Digital Playbook Video Review Series, which provides context and detail related to specific pages of the Playbook on such topics as the physics, art and math of football; nutrition and fitness; and more. • The Virtual Lesson Series, such as what Futol's class did. Launched this past spring, lessons are 45 minutes and deliv- ered via Zoom. Lovejoy's team beta tested them with teachers who had their field trips to Levi's canceled due to COVID. Virtual lessons are confined to Bay Area schools right now because of capac- ity issues, says Lovejoy. " We' ll continue our virtual programming because we reach more kids," he says. "But it doesn't replace the impact of being in person in the stadium." 4 9 e r s E DU i s e x p a n di n g i t s of f e r - ings, with a lesson on data analytics in d e velopm ent, n e w v i d e o s and int er - a c t i v e c o m p o n e n t s o n t a p , a n d a Teacher Jhulsany Futol (pointing in the air) brought his first graders on a 49ers EDU field trip last year. 49ers player K'Waun Williams with students. 52 Teaching & Learning

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