Common Core Survival Guide (CCR in PE: Mission Possible)

May 22nd, 2014

What is “College and Career Readiness” (CCR) and how do we as physical educators walk this talk? In 2012, the Educational Policy Improvement Center published an article by Dr. David T. Conley, PhD offering, “A Complete Definition of College and Career Readiness.” Having researched several explanations and definitions of this concept I found Dr. Conley’s […]

SPARK’s Common Core Survival Guide Part 2

April 10th, 2014

Welcome to the second installment of our CCSS Survival Guide. As I mentioned in Part 1, it’s important to know and understand your district’s interpretation and guidelines for working toward Common Core Standards. This week’s tip: Planning with Depth of Knowledge (DOK) on your mind.

SPARK’s Common Core Survival Guide Part 1

March 20th, 2014

Meeting CCSS mandates without selling out as a physical educator!
The Common Core wave has been crashing on the shores of physical education for a while now. Regardless of the pros and cons of this movement, many of us are faced with the reality and requirement of alignment. PE specialists have been cautiously studying the standards with a focus on maintaining what we believe is truly important – creating a high MVPA environment in which students develop the skills and knowledge needed to enjoy a lifetime of physical activity.

Schooling, Health and Youth Development – What is Necessary?

March 13th, 2014

Each child, in each school, in each of our communities deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. That’s what a whole child approach to learning, teaching, and community engagement really is. ASCD authors have penned a number of articles about the need for schools, educators and policymakers to focus on the health and well-being of their students. Not just for the sake of their health and well-being (if that shouldn’t be enough on its own) but also to support effective teaching and learning.

How to Use SPARK Integrations

February 7th, 2014

Learn what SPARK Integrations are and how to use them! Integrations include Art, Literacy, Mathematics, Music, Nutrition, and Science, Wellness, Home, Global, and Multicultural topics.

How Common Core Can Be Implemented in P.E.

June 11th, 2013

The Common Core standards were introduced to schools throughout the nation in 2010 and have quickly been adopted by 45 states. Designed as a robust, nationwide set of school standards, the Common Core program builds off the state standards already in place. The standards prepare students for college and the workforce by providing them with […]