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Editorial Advocacy Edge: Go for the Goal NJAHPERD Grant Information NJAHPERD Grant Application NJAHPERD Mini Grant Information NJAHPERD Mini Grant Application Adapt-It-All Workshop Registration AHA Public Release NJAHPERD Call for Professionals Hands On Health Registration NJAHPERD Executive Director Position AHG Back-To-School NJAHPERD Program Proposal 2007 Annual Convention JRFH Grant Proposal NASPE Quality Physical Education NJAHPERD Student Workshop Registration NJAHPERD 2007 Convention Registration Form NJAHPERD Executive Board NJAHPERD Membership Form
President's message Klara Gubacs-Collins President NJAHPERD Dear Friends and Colleagues, I am writing these lines during one of the colder nights in a while which reminds me of the end of summer. I could be sad but I am rather excited of the wonderful new potential this upcoming academic year can bring to all of us. Last year we had many great events including our fantastic convention. The convention committee is already steadfastly preparing for the new 2007 conference and we would love to see you there. Of course especially now as the NFL football season is nearing I can’t help but remember last May when David Tyree jumped, stepped, and spoke up for Physical Fitness and with that helped to kick off the National Physical Education and Sport Week in New Jersey. He recalled the numerous dodgeball games he played during physical education classes as a kid growing up in Montclair, NJ, but it was nothing compared to the activities he witnessed during that May week. With the assistance of the Jersey Jumpers from Clara Barton Elementary School, and step aerobic enthusiasts from Rosa International Middle School, Tyree witnessed some of the new physical education activities in which students participate in New Jersey. Talking about New Physical Education reminds me of our constant struggle towards increasing the time we spend with our students in PE classes. Research indicates that it is not enough to increase the time but physical education teachers need to consider revising their PE curricula to ensure that schools offer motivating classes that actually get kids to play games, run around and move more. Physical education teachers vary greatly in their talents and methods. Many teachers do creative things such as having students use climbing walls or offering High Ropes programs in physical education that invites participants - using harnesses, helmets, cables, ropes and wooden beams strung up to 30 feet in the air - to walk across cable bridges, negotiate giant ladders or ride zip lines while they explore emotional self-management, self-confidence and trust. Yet others motivate and turn their students toward a healthy lifestyle with such interactive internet programs as “Get Active Stay Active!” In this program students keep electronic fitness journals & participate in the President’s Challenge. If interested you can register your school and classes on http://www.getactivestayactive.com/. Unfortunately, however, despite all your and your leaders’ efforts there are still other teachers who just do the easy thing and throw out a few balls and have kids organize themselves for a baseball game or basketball game. Continued on Page 2
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So it is up to you, this year, which is it going to be??? Most of you, I know, are in the first category and will do a wonderful job this year again. But now I ask you for more. For years you have been using innovative methods in your gymnasium. I ask you to share your methods with those in your department that may need guidance as well as with the rest of us. Don’t forget that your enthusiasm and professionalism is fast at work. Just as an example the last time I wrote to you the Carol White Physical Education Program grants (PEP) was being considered for significant cuts. Thanks to you and significant lobbying efforts on many fronts the Senate Appropriations Committee approved their version of a fiscal year 2007 spending bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. They included a funding level of $73 million for PEP. This level is equal to current year funding and should be sufficient to allow the Department of Education to award new grants in the upcoming fiscal year. Particularly strong in their support for PEP were Senators Stevens (R-AK), Cochran (R-MS), Harkin (D-IA) and Reid (D-NV). At this time, the Senate has not scheduled any floor action for their Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. The next challenge will be to ensure that the PEP number in the Senate bill survives a vote by the full chamber, followed by efforts to make sure the Senate prevails in conference as it relates to PEP. The question is not why is this happening? Or why would funding designed to reverse some of the ugly trends relative to inactivity and obesity be reduced? I believe, that the time for why questions are over. It is now time to answer the how questions such as how our physical education and health programs that are stalling in a low status will be brought up to the level that we all would be proud of? Your association will help you if you are ready to try new ideas or need support in continuing your efforts. Just refer to the NASPE website and read about some outstanding programs (i.e. STARS) and teachers (i.e. Teachers of the Year) that give us hope. So as you enter this school year I ask you to think about what you are trying to achieve as a professional, and its impact not only on your students, but on the status of our field. Think and act in ways that have positive consequences at local, state and national levels. Ask
yourself, “How does my program and teaching compare to these exemplary models?” We need to provide more proof to support our efforts, and I ask you to contribute to this goal. At the start of the school year is the most opportune time for all of us to make a resolution to seek excellence in our programs. After all, why should we expect anything less of ourselves? Stay well, Klara Gubacs-Collins President
Advocating for Physical Education: Peter Rattigan and John Grzymko spent June 23 on Capitol Hill advocating for continued funding for the Carol M. White PEP Grant for inclusion of physical education as a core subject in NCLB legislation.
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EDITORIAL Welcome back! In the last issue of FYI, I asked you to “set the standard”, to look at the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards, break them down, and use them, as well as your own experience and enthusiasm (remember Ron Clarke’s Excellent 11 – Enthusiasm, Adventure, Creativity, Humor, Compassion, Common Sense, Confidence, Reflection, Appreciation, Balance and Resilience?) to develop not just good lessons but a good programs. New Jersey is one of the few states in the nation to have a high school requirement of four years of health and physical education. While movements such as Option 2 (see “Opposing Waivers” NASPE web link at the end of this article) are threatening the purity of that requirement, we must also recognize that accountability is currently a critical issue in education, and we need to be accountable for what our students are learning in our classes just as much as any other subject area. There is a movement in the US legislature to include physical education as a core subject in the No Child Left Behind legislation. To continue to deserve this, we should provide evidence that we have quality programs (common sense should tell us what a quality program looks like, but just in case, you can check your program against criteria as defined by NASPE. To find out more, go to the NASPE web site and click on “publications,” then on “position papers”, go to the link listed at the end of the article, or simply check out page 19). As we return to school, we have hopefully planned and prepared for exciting and meaningful learning experiences for our classes. If you want to do so but need some ideas, there is (as I promised in the last issue) always help. The back to school issue of the PE Central Newsletter has many suggestions. See the link at the end of this article. Other websites can also provide helpful information. All the lesson ideas I have presented at NJAHPERD conventions, for example, can be found on my web site – refer to the relevant links at the end of the article. One of these links contains activities that provide meaningful experiences to large groups that address specific content standards. Finally, the NJ Department of Education web site contains items for educators who want help with addressing and assessing the content standards, as well as other helpful links. That link can also be found at the end of this article. For other help and ideas, you need look no further than this issue of FYI, which includes ideas on advocacy and programming from Klara Gubacs (see page 2), Theresa Cone (see page 4), as well as articles from the American Heart Association (pages 11 and 15), grants (page 5, 6, 7 and 8), and awards (page 24). In addition to the help on line and in the following pages, don’t forget the great conferences and workshops you can attend this year, including the Lake Conference in October (See previous issue of FYI), Hands On Health, Adapt It All, Student Division Workshop for our teacher candidates, and of course our annual convention in February 2007! Information and registration for these events can be found in this issue of FYI. We look forward to seeing you at these events! Good luck and have a great year!
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NASPE Position Paper – Opposing Waivers http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/pdf_files/pos_papers/ OpposingSubstitutionWaiverExemptions.pdf
NASPE Position Paper – Quality Physical Education Programs http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/template.cfm?template=qualityPePrograms.html PE Central Newsletter – Back To School Issue (August 15, 2006) http://www.pecentral.org/newsletters/newsletter8-15-06.html Peter Rattigan’s Rowan Web Page: Lesson Ideas http://users.rowan.edu/~rattigan/LessonIdeas/LessonIdeasHome.html Health & PE links http://users.rowan.edu/~rattigan/Department/HESLinks.html Lesson Plan Links http://users.rowan.edu/~rattigan/LessonPlan/lessonplanlinks.html 3
President: Klara Gubacs-Collins, Ph.D., Montclair State University Executive Director: Joseph Locascio Tel: 609-971-0522 Fax: 609-971-0533 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission dates for FYI: April 1st – Spring issue August 1st – Fall issue December 1st – Winter issue Email submissions in Word, Claris Works, .rtf or .pdf attachments to: Peter Rattigan Rattigan@rowan.edu
ADVOCACY EDGE: Go for the Goal!! Theresa Purcell Cone, Advocacy Chair ❖ Teach a new content area this year. Challenge yourself to learn new skills that you can teach to your students. How about Latin dancing, kickboxing or step aerobics? ❖ Sponsor a staff and student volleyball, basketball or softball game. Mix up the teams with students and staff on the same team. ❖ Host an evening Family Fitness Night. Conduct it as a fitness fair. Ask local businesses to participate. ❖ Organize a “Wear Your Favorite Sports Clothing Day.” ❖ Develop a fitness circuit in the school building. Use steps, walls, railings, desks, doorways, tables and hallways as activity stations. Be sure to investigate safety regulations when using non conventional items for exercise. ❖ Organize Fitness Teams with the staff and students. Design a series of activities that the teams need to complete in a designated time. Encourage healthy competition for completion of the events. ❖ Commit to a goal and collaborate with others to help you make it happen.
Happy New Year! It is time to set your New Year’s Resolution. For those of us in education, the New Year begins in August and September. It is a time to renew, begin again and strive to do better than the last school year. This year, “Go for the Goal!!!” The beginning of the school year brings a new opportunity to make a difference in our profession and more importantly in the lives of our students. During the 2006-2007 year include an advocacy goal as one of your professional priorities. Select one or two activities you want to make happen. Plan a strategy for accomplishment and enjoy the success of making an impact. Here are a few suggestions: ❖ Celebrate National Physical Education and Sport Week May 1-7, 2007 by creating an event for the whole school to participate. ❖ Send home a Physical Education newsletter two or three times during the year to inform families about what students are learning in your program. ❖ Organize a walking club for students and staff that can occur before or after school or during lunch time. ❖ Conduct an in-school or in-district workshop on fitness exercises and healthy eating. ❖ Schedule an assembly that promotes physical activity such as Frisbee demonstrations, the United States Tennis Association, a Circus Arts performing group, or ask a sport celebrity to speak to your classes about the benefits of an active lifestyle. ❖ Ask your local newspaper to visit your program and highlight your fitness curriculum, rock climbing activities, adventure program, dance program, in-line skating activities or other innovative activity. ❖ Host a Jump Rope for Heart or Hoop for Heart event. ❖ Invite an instructor in Self-defense, Yoga, Pilates, Aerobic and Strength Conditioning or Stretching to give a “Master Class” for students or members of your community. ❖ Include a fitness tip in the morning announcements. ❖ Arrange a field trip for students to experience, ice skating, bowling, roller skating, rock climbing or other recreational facilities in the community. 4
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NJAHPERD – 2006/07 Professional Development Grant Information Selection Criteria
The Professional Development Grant is intended to assist NJAHPERD student and professional members to participate in a NJAHPERD sponsored conference, workshop convention or event. Funds are provided for registration fees only. Meals, travel and lodging are the responsibility of the recipient with the exception of the Annual Convention. NJAHPERD will provide a hotel room. Grant will be awarded based on need as determined by the applicant’s school district or college academic advisor.
Professional development grants will be awarded through a committee appointed by the president of NJAHPERD. 2. Applications will be reviewed by the committee. Only complete applications will be considered. 3. Grant recipients will be notified at least 30 days before event. Please include the following information. 1. A completed application form, including applicant’s signature. 2. A supporting statement from immediate supervisor/ principal/college advisor. 3. Resume or current vita. 4. Indicate the conference/workshop/convention/event you would like to attend. Conference information available on web site www.njahperd.org
Grant Criteria: 1. Applicant must be a current student or professional member of NJAHPERD at time of conference/ workshop/convention or sponsored event. 2. Applicant must demonstrate financial need through supporting statement of direct supervisor/principal. 3. Applicant may only request funding for one NJAHPERD sponsored event. 4. Recipient may only be funded once in a five year period. 5. Recipient will be required to submit an article for publication in a NJAHPERD journal/newsletter describing the experience.
Deadline for application submission is 60 days prior to the event. Submit completed information to: NJAHPERD/Grants P.O. Box 716 • Waretown, NJ 08758 Email: email@example.com Phone: 609-971-0522 • Fax 609-971-0520
SAVE THE DATES! EVENT DATES FOR 2006 – 2007 ✓ Lake Conference: Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 1, 2006; Fairview Lake. Stillwater, N.J. ✓ Adapted Workshop: October 9, 2006; Wayside Elementary School, Ocean, NJ. ✓ NJEA: Nov. 9, 10, 2006; Atlantic City Convention Center ✓ Hands on Health - Dec. 4, 2006; Crown Plaza, Jamesburg ✓ Annual Convention: Feb. 25, 26, 27, 2007; East Brunswick Hilton ✓ AAHPERD/EDA National Convention: March 13 – 17, 2007; Baltimore, MD 5
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2006 NJAHPERD MINI GRANT INFORMATION One of NJAHPERD’s goals is to support and encourage members as they seek to develop and conduct school and community programs in health, physical education, recreation and dance. The availability of mini grant funding is intended to provide financial assistance to enhance theses programs. Each grant request is limited to $500.00. A maximum of 5 grants will be awarded each year.
Mini Grant Criteria Proposals must promote the interests of NJAHPERD and will be judged by the following criteria: 1. Applicant must be a current professional member of NJAHPERD in good standing. 2. The project must relate to health, physical education, recreation or dance (not athletics) 3. The project must directly benefit students. 4. The project must be supported by the applicant’s immediate supervisor/principal. (Indicate approval in letter of recommendation and signature) 5. Funds received must be used to supplement or enhance the existing school curriculum and address NJCCCS. 6. Award recipients will be required to write an article for publication or present the project at the 2007 Annual Convention.
Guidelines for Proposals 1. Proposals must be submitted to the Executive Director of NJAHPERD no later than December 1, 2006. 2. Proposals must include: A. a completed application form including signature B. a typed, one page description of the project including the title, main idea, description of how project will meet the needs of students, number of students affected, how the project will be assessed, the amount requested and how the project relates to NJCCCS. C. A signed supporting letter from applicant’s immediate supervisor/principal. D. A resume or current vita E. A proposed budget describing equipment, software, quantities, shipping costs and shared expenses, if any, etc. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
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The grants will be awarded through a committee appointed by the president of NJAHPERD. Completed proposals will be reviewed by December 15, 2006 Award recipients will be announced at the January Executive Board meeting. The grant committee will make the final award decision. Awardees will be notified in writing by February 1, 2007.
Mini grant applications are available on the NJAHPERD web site or through the NJAHPERD office.
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Between 1991 and 2003 the percentage of high school students enrolled in daily physical education decreased from 41.6 percent to 28.4 percent. ● Physically active transport to and from school has declined from previous generations. Today only one-third of students who live within one mile of school walk or bike there; and less than 3 percent of students living within two miles of school walk or bike there. In addition, the statement notes that only 8 percent of elementary schools, 6.4 percent of middle/junior high schools, and 5.8 percent of senior high schools provided daily physical education or allocated the recommended amount of time per week (150 minutes for elementary and 225 minutes for junior and senior high schools), according to a year 2000 study. “It’s important that kids adopt active lifestyles,” Pate said. “The list of negative health outcomes associated with physical inactivity – including heart disease and type 2 diabetes – is growing.” The scientific statement takes a comprehensive look at the state of physical education, from the amount of time students should be active each week to enhancements in the college education of physical education (PE) teachers. “It doesn’t mean backing down on academics – it’s not an either/or thing. A balanced academic program should include PE and should also incorporate strategies to increase physical activity throughout the school day,” Pate said. “Physical activity shouldn’t stop at PE class.” The policy and practice recommendations are: 1. Schools should ensure that all children and youth participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of moderateto-vigorous physical activity during the school day, plus the option of extra-curricular and school-linked community programs. 2. Schools should deliver evidence-based healthrelated PE programs that meet national standards to students at all school levels. These programs should include moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for at least 50 percent of class time, as well as teach students the motor and behavioral skills needed to engage in life-long physical activity. 3. States and school districts should ensure that PE is taught by certified and highly qualified PE teachers at all school levels.
Public Release – August 14th, 2006 Contact: Karen Astle firstname.lastname@example.org 214-706-1396 American Heart Association
Schools should take the lead in increasing kids’ activity American Heart Association scientific statement The American Heart Association recommends that schools lead the way to ensure that all children and youth participate in adequate physical activity during the school day. The scientific statement “Promoting Physical Activity in Children and Youth: A Leadership Role for Schools” is published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. “Children and youth spend a substantial number of their waking hours in school, so it’s important that schools provide adequate physical activity” said Russell R. Pate, Ph.D., chair of the writing group and a professor of exercise science at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. “Although schools are under increasing pressure to increase student scores on standardized tests, the recent dramatic rise in the prevalence of obesity in children and adolescents in the United States suggests that there is a pressing need for the nation’s schools to systematically and effectively promote behaviors that will prevent the development of overweight,” the authors write. During the past 20 years obesity rates in U.S. children and youth have increased markedly, the writing group said. Today, among children ages 6-11 years old, 15.8 percent are overweight (>95th percentile body mass index [BMI] for age) and 31.2 percent are overweight or at risk for overweight (> 85th percentile BMI for age.) Among adolescents ages 12-19 years old, 16.1 percent are overweight and 30.9 percent are overweight or at risk for overweight. While most states require that students receive minimal amounts of physical education (PE), and daily physical education is recommended by many entities, the rapid increase in the prevalence of obesity in young people has occurred at the same time as other alarming trends:
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Fall 2006 4. States should hold schools accountable for delivering PE programs that meet national standards for quality and quantity (i.e., age-appropriate amounts of time per week spent active during class). Each state should include physical education in its core curriculum and instructional quality. 5. Schools should provide clubs, lessons, intramural sports and interscholastic sports programs that meet the physical activity needs and interests of all students. 6. Schools should promote walking and bicycling to school. School leaders should work with local government to ensure safe routes to school. 7. Child development centers and elementary schools should provide children with at least 30 minutes of recess each day. 8. Schools should provide evidence-based health education programs emphasizing behavioral skills focused on increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary behaviors. 9. Colleges and universities should provide programs that produce teachers who are highly qualified to deliver evidence-based physical education and health education programs. The American Heart Association is working to help curb the rise in childhood obesity. In addition to issuing this scientific statement, the association is lobbying in every state to require that quality, daily PE be offered in all grades, that schools adhere to national PE standards for elementary and middle school students and that PE be required for high school graduation. The American Heart Association also has partnered with the William J. Clinton Foundation to form the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The Alliance aims to stop the increase in childhood obesity by 2010 and to empower youth to choose healthy lifestyles. Co-authors of the statement are Michael G. Davis, PED; Thomas N. Robinson, M.D., MPH; Elaine J. Stone, Ph.D., MPH; Thomas L. McKenzie, Ph.D.; and Judith C. Young, Ph.D. Editorâ€™s note: For more information on childhood obesity and the Alliance for a Healthier generation visit: http://www.americanheart.org/ presenter.jhtml?identifier=3030527. For more information on American Heart Association lobbying efforts for physical activity in schools, visit: http://www.americanheart.org/ presenter.jhtml?identifier=3010854; or call 1800-AHA-USA1.
Attention Committed Professionals! NJAHPERD needs dedicated volunteers to fill two important and immediate vacancies in the Executive Board, namely, Vice President Elect for Dance and Health. Below are the position titles and responsibilities for each important position, as outlined in the NJAHPERD Operating Codes, also available on the NJAHPERD web site. If interested
VICE PRESIDENT ELECT, HEALTH 1. The Vice President (after serving in the position as Vice President Elect for one year) shall: a. Serve as administrative officer of the Health Division. b. Serve as a member of the executive board of NJAHPERD. c. Serve as a member of one of the three NJAHPERD Councils. d. Appoint Section Chairpersons for each of the six sections within the Health Division. e. Keep division officers and committee chairs informed of association affairs. f. Meet with Division officers during the year to plan programs promoting the area of Health/ Wellness. g. Serve as Division representative on the association convention program committee. h. Serve as coordinator for the Health Division convention programs by working with the section chairs. i. Serve as a resource person for the association. j. Submit Division budget to the NJAHPERD Finance committee. k. Submit an annual written report to the secretary of NJAHPERD. l. Finalize all business of the division and turn over all records at the termination of the office to the succeeding Vice President. m. Serve as a delegate to NJAHPERD Representative Assembly. 2. The Vice President Elect shall: a. Be responsible for assisting the Vice President in all business, planning and programming for the division. b. Assume the responsibility of Vice President when necessary. Continued on Page 14
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c. Serve as a member of the Executive Board of NJAHPERD. d. Serve as a member of district council. e. Serve as a delegate to the NJAHPERD Representative Assembly.
Executive Director Position NJAHPERD is considering changing its administrative structure from a part time Executive Director to a full time Executive Director. NJAPHERD is seeking applicants for the position should it be approved by the Executive Board. The duties will begin on July 1, 2007.
3. The Section chairs shall: a. Work with the division Vice President and Vice President Elect on program planning. b. Keep the division Vice President and Vice President Elect informed of all section activities. c. Keep Health Division informed of new trends, innovations, current issue and affairs. d. Be permitted to attend district council meetings but shall not have a vote.
Qualifications: The Executive Director (ED) will have an HPERD background (preferred), hold a minimum of a Bachelors Degree (Masters preferred), have excellent written and oral skills, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and be technologically literate. The ED candidate should have experience in management, business administration, budgeting, public relations/ advocacy, fund raising and grant writing.
VICE PRESIDENT ELECT, DANCE A. The Vice President and Vice President Elect shall: 1. Serve on the Executive Board of the NJAHPERD and in the Representative Assembly for which they prepare reports. 2. Must have had at least two years consecutive membership in the NJAHPERD preceding election or appointment during their terms of services. 3. Shall serve on convention and conference programs committees of the NJAHPERD and provide programs at conventions and conferences. 4. Carry out all the functions listed under purposes in this operating code. 5. To serve or appoint someone to serve as representative to the Dance Council of NJ and the National Dance Association.
Responsibilities: The ED serves as the chief administrative officer for NJAHPERD. S/he coordinates the day-to-day operations of the organization; informs and advises the Executive Board and members; provides leadership and direction to ensure efficiency, continuity, and consistency in the functioning of NJAHPERD. The ED must be willing to travel, represent NJAHPERD at various professional events, speak to groups as directed or requested by the Executive Board, will seek sources of outside funding and establish collaborative relationships with the corporate world, state and national legislative bodies, and other related Associations. S/he will work with AAHPERD to maximize the potential of NJAHPERD investments. The ED will also maintain a central office address as a permanent location for all association information, official documents and files.
B. The Vice President Elect shall: 1. Act in place of the Vice President in case of absence of the Vice President. 2. Assume the office of Vice President in the event that the Vice President cannot complete the term of office.
This position is under consideration for full time, with flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. Salary is negotiable. The position is contractual, renewable annually and is evaluated biannually. Interested individuals should forward a letter of interest, vita/resume, statement of experience relative to the job description and professional goals, and the name, address, telephone number and e-mail addresses of three references to:
C. All Section Chairpersons shall: 1. Learn the dance-related needs and interest of teachers and recreation leaders who primarily deal with their appropriate age level. 2. Plan and implement professional improvement opportunities for their appropriate age level.
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Congratulations to Carol Lynch, Fleetwood Elementary, Mt. Laurel, NJ Eastern District Association ElementaryTeacher of the Year!
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Quality Physical Education Physical activity is critical to the development and maintenance of good health. NASPE believes that every student in our nation’s schools, from kindergarten through grade 12, should have the opportunity to participate in quality physical education. The goal of physical education is to develop physically educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.
Quality physical education consists of four critical elements: Opportunity to Learn Opportunity to learn standards define the elements that need to be in place in order to provide a positive learning environment and quality program. Such elements include a certified physical education teacher, adequate time, and safe and ample facilities and equipment. Opportunity to Learn Standards for Elementary, Middle, and High School Physical Education (NASPE, 2000, 2004, 2004)
Meaningful Content The national content standards clearly identify what students should know and be able to do as a result of a quality physical education program. The second edition reflects the most current research and theory about physical education. Standard 1:
Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
Participates regularly in physical activity.
Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.
Moving into the Future: National Standards for Physical Education, Second Edition (NASPE, 2004)
Appropriate Instruction These national guidelines explain appropriate and inappropriate instructional practices. The guidelines address numerous areas including curriculum design, learning experiences, fitness activities, fitness testing, student assessment, maximizing participation, forming groups, competition, and many others. Appropriate Practices for Elementary, Middle, and High School Physical Education (NASPE, 2000, 2001, 2004)
Student Assessment Standards-Based Assessment of Student Learning (Lambert/NASPE, 1999) addresses current thinking on assessment, defines assessment, and presents a framework for conducting standards-based assessment. It provides a conceptual context for the other books that comprise NASPE’s physical education assessment series. For more information on quality physical education, visit NASPE’s website at: http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/ 19
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Outstanding JRFH/HFH Coordinator Awards: Message from Jackie Katounas, AAHPERD Joint Projects Program Administrator Each year the National AAHPERD office selects two JRFH coordinators and one HFH coordinator to win the prestigious Outstanding Coordinator of the Year Award. These individuals are given an all expenses paid trip (up to $1,000) to the AAHPERD National Convention where they are honored in front of their peers for their dedication and commitment to the JRFH/HFH program. There are many wonderful coordinators who deserve to be recognized for their hard work and outstanding commitment to the JRFH and HFH programs. I encourage you to take the time to nominate an outstanding individual or two from your state. You will find the 2007 JRFH/HFH Outstanding Coordinator nomination packets on-line; jump at http://www.aahperd.org/jump/grant.html; hoops at http://www.aahperd.org/hoops/grant.html. States may submit more than one nomination. All Outstanding Coordinator Award application packets need to be postmarked to the National AAHPERD office by November 20, 2006. If you need copies of the packets please contact the Joint Projects Office at 1- 800-213-7193, x469 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
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