Elementary Physical Education

Professional Learning

New this year, Professional Learning Pathways consist of recommended sequences of professional learning sessions specifically for physical education teachers.

When taken sequentially, the following physical education Pathway sessions build subject area mastery, expertise in delivering instruction, and collaboration among educators. Educators are also encouraged to attend our Supplemental Sessions for continuous learning. Teachers in PE Works funded schools will receive an invitation to attend the Pathways sessions with their learning network.

Questions? Email wellnesspd@schools.nyc.gov

Move-to-Improve

Move-to-Improve is a free classroom-based physical activity program that helps district public elementary school teachers enhance their classroom lessons with activities that get students moving, and helps schools meet the State PE requirement of 120 minutes per week. All-Star schools, which have a PE teacher and maintain at least 85% of their elementary teachers trained in the program, can supplement their existing PE program with up to 40 minutes of Move-to-Improve activities per week.

Questions? Email MTI@schools.nyc.gov

Elementary Physical Education Pathway

Elementary PE Basics I: Lesson Planning to Incorporate Fitness and Assessment (formerly Physical Best Specialist Certification Workshop)

Target audience: Grades K-5 physical education teachers

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

In this session, physical education teachers learn strategies on how to implement health-related fitness education instruction and assessment using the NYC DOE-recommended curriculum, Physical Best. Teachers are introduced to the philosophy of Physical Best, which supports students in learning the importance and benefits of physical activity and how to be active for a lifetime. Teachers receive free copies of Physical Best (3rd Edition) teachers guide and activity manuals. They learn how to use the lessons to maximize students’ understanding of the importance of lifelong fitness and wellness and discuss instructional strategies for meeting the needs of all students. In addition, teachers explore the NYC FITNESSGRAM web application, the citywide health-related fitness assessment, as a tool to plan instruction. Teachers have the opportunity to take the Physical Best Specialist Exam offered online through SHAPE America.

Registration:

Wed. 12.06.17: Queens

Tue. 01.16.18: Bronx

Mon. 01.29.18: Brooklyn

Tue. 02.13.18: Manhattan

Mon. 03.19.18: Queens

Tue. 03.27.18: Brooklyn (session cancelled)

Wed. 03.28.18: Manhattan (Open to K-12 PE teachers)

Elementary PE Basics II: Lesson Planning for Skill Acquisition

Target Audience: Grades K-5 physical education teachers

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

Teachers will explore key resources necessary to create a standards-based elementary curriculum map, units of studies and lesson plans to support student growth and achievement. Participants will experience developmentally appropriate, sequential skills progressions aligned to the NYC Scope and Sequence. Attendees will receive a free copy of National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education and Lesson Planning for Elementary Physical Education: Meeting the National Standards and Grade Level Outcomes.

Registration:

Tue. 12.05.17: Brooklyn

Wed. 12.06.17: Queens

Tue. 02.27.18: Brooklyn

Elementary PE Basics III: Lesson Planning for Community Building

Target Audience: Grades K-5 physical education teachers

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

In this session, physical education teachers learn skills, strategies, and activities to establish a learning environment where all students feel safe and supported. Using Project Adventure’s Adventure Curriculum for Physical Education, teachers learn principles, including challenge by choice and the experiential learning cycle, and leave with tools including a full value contract designed to support them in creating a community of learners who take ownership of their learning with confidence.

Registration:

Registration links coming soon.

Elementary PE Basics IV: Move-to-Improve: Train-the-Trainer

Target Audience: Targeted recruitment of certified or designated physical education teachers from district public schools. It is recommended that a classroom teacher accompany the PE teacher

Prerequisite: Certified or designated elementary school physical education teacher

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

Participants in this workshop will strengthen their knowledge about the benefits and implementation of the Move-to-Improve program; practice facilitating Move-to-Improve activities to develop the skill and confidence to lead a successful Move-to-Improve workshop for their school; gain the support of their peers and the members of the Move-to-Improve team through practice and collaboration; and are provided with the tools and materials they need to bring their school to All-Star status, support their physical education program, and inspire teachers to get their students up and moving.

Registration:

Registration links coming soon

Elementary Physical Education Supplemental Sessions

PE Coaching: Personalized Instructional Support

Target Audience: Grades K-12 physical education teachers

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 6 hours, 30 minutes

K-12 PE teachers can strengthen and enhance any component of their professional practice with PE Coaching, a new opportunity to work one-on-one with a PE Instructional Coach from the Office of School Wellness Programs. Participating teachers collaborate with their coach for 4 to 6 weeks to develop custom instructional strategies and goals that have a direct impact on student learning. The coach personalizes support for teachers’ needs, the unique elements of their PE program, and their school environment. Teachers receiving PE Coaching have seen immediate changes in classroom environment, student engagement, and the integration of new activities/units.

Registration:

Mon. 10.02.17-Fri. 12.01.17: Cycle A

Mon. 12.04.17-Fri. 02.02.18: Cycle B

Mon. 02.12.18-Fri. 04.13.18: Cycle C

Mon. 04.23.18-Fri. 06.08.18: Cycle D

Make it Work: Mastering PE in Creative Spaces for Elementary Physical Education

Target Audience: Grades K-5 physical education teachers

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

Participants in this workshop will learn strategies for providing quality, standards-based physical education instruction in limited space with limited equipment. Realistic solutions to a variety of common challenges will be demonstrated and discussed including using the Danielson Framework for Teaching in the PE environment. Teachers will engage in several ready-to-use creative movement and skill development activities that are aligned to State and national standards as well as to the SHAPE America Grade Level Outcomes for elementary school students.

Registration:

Tue. 12.19.17: Queens

Fri. 01.19.18: Staten Island

Thur. 02.15.18: Brooklyn

Wed. 03.28.18: Brooklyn

Thur. 04.19.18: Manhattan

Thur. 05.17.18: Bronx

NYC FITNESSGRAM Technical Assistance Workshop

Target Audience: Grades K-12 physical education teachers

Prerequisite: Elementary PE Basics I: Lesson Planning to Incorporate Fitness and Assessment

CTLE Hours: Not applicable

This workshop is designed to offer PE teachers the opportunity to learn and refresh the skills needed to navigate the NYC FITNESSGRAM web application. During the workshop, participants log on to NYC FITNESSGRAM to explore the various features and discuss any challenges that they might have. Participants can also come prepared to use this time to enter their students’ fitness scores.

Registration:

Tue. 01.09.18: Brooklyn (8:30 – 11:00 AM)

Tue. 01.09.18: Brooklyn (12:00 – 2:30 PM)

Thur. 02.15.18: Brooklyn (8:30 – 11:00 AM)

Thur. 02.15.18: Brooklyn (12:00 – 2:30 PM)

Tue. 03.13.18: Brooklyn (8:30 – 11:00 AM)

Tue. 03.13.18: Brooklyn (12:00 – 2:30 AM)

K-5 Welcoming Schools Training

Target Audience: Elementary school staff, including health and physical education teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, school aides, and administrators

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

This workshop, in partnership with Welcoming Schools, a project of the Human Rights Campaign, will enhance educator effectiveness in creating gender- and LGBTQ-inclusive spaces, preventing bias-based bullying, embracing family diversity, supporting transgender and non-binary youth, and understanding best practices in compliance with laws and policies that support safe and welcoming schools.

Registration:

Mon. 04.16.18: Brooklyn

Tue. 04.17.18: Brooklyn

Move-to-Improve: Train-the-Trainer Refresher

Target Audience: Targeted recruitment of certified or designated physical education teachers from district public schools who have already attended the Move-to-Improve Train-the-Trainer workshop

Prerequisite: Previous participation at a Move-to-Improve Train-the-Trainer workshop

CTLE Hours: 3 hours

Participants in this workshop will brush up on their workshop facilitation skills; get in some practice before providing a yearly Move-to-Improve workshop for their school; reboot their Move-to-Improve memory to guide teachers through implementing physical activity during academic instruction; and reinforce their knowledge and practice of the Move-to-Improve program to provide a Move-to-Improve workshop to their school and bring it to All-Star status.

Registration: Principals should email MTI@schools.nyc.gov for registration information

Move-to-Improve Open Workshop

Target Audience: Grades K-5 classroom teachers (including cluster, physical education, and special education) from district public schools

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: TBD

Participants in this workshop will engage in fun physical activities for dynamic differentiated instruction and infuse everyday academic content with Move-to-Improve; learn how to modify activities to fit their classroom space and their lessons, as well as their students’ skill and physical abilities; practice scaffolding instruction and cool-down techniques to confidently manage movement in their classroom; and learn how to easily get students up and moving during the day to improve their health, focus, and academic achievement.

Registration:

Registration links coming soon

Move-to-Improve for Teachers of Special Populations

Target Audience: Citywide adaptive physical education (APE) teachers and District 75 classroom and physical education teachers

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: TBD

Through facilitated peer collaboration, Special Education teachers who participate in this workshop will explore techniques to integrate physical activity to enhance students’ learning experience; learn how to modify activities to fit their classroom space and their lessons, as well as their students’ skill and physical abilities; practice scaffolding instruction and cool-down techniques to confidently manage movement in their classroom; and develop their capability to enhance daily lessons through physical activity.

Registration:

Registration links coming soon

Move-to-Improve II: Integrating Activities Into Lesson Plans

Target Audience: Elementary classroom teachers who are already trained in the Move-to-Improve program

Prerequisite: Previous participation at a Move-to-Improve workshop. Teachers attending must be from an All-Star school

CTLE Hours: 3 hours

Participants in this workshop will increase their Move-to-Improve repertoire as they explore new Move-to-Improve activities; deepen their understanding of implementation by breaking down their lesson plans for physical activity integration; further explore cool-down and breathing techniques that make for a calmer, more focused classroom; and collaborate with other classroom teachers to strengthen their commitment to physical activity during academic instruction.

Registration:

Wed. 12.06.17: Brooklyn

Thur. 12.07.17: Staten Island

Fri. 12.08.17: Manhattan

SPARK Inclusive

Target Audience: Physical Education teachers who teach general PE classes and include students with disabilities

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

Learn how adapt and modify your physical education curriculum to effectively engage students with disabilities. Attendees will learn how to create an inclusive environment, adapt activities and equipment, and accommodate students during skill‐based instruction, modify lessons plans for specific disabilities, and better meet the needs of students. Workshop activities provide opportunities for hands‐on learning in order to create an inclusive environment that benefits ALL students.

Registration:

Tue. 04.17.18: Bronx

Wed. 04.18.18: Manhattan

Tue. 05.22.18: Brooklyn

Wed. 05.23.18: Queens

Recess Enhancement Training with Asphalt Green

Target Audience: Any K-5 school staff supporting recess in their school, including school aides, teachers, administrators

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 3 hours

This 3-hour training for school staff, offered in partnership with Asphalt Green, focuses on enhancing and supporting recess periods in schools. Participants will learn recess games that are great for any indoor or outdoor space, including large and small playgrounds, the auditorium, hallway, and cafeteria, as well as various conflict resolution strategies, techniques to improve transition time, and the most effective way to map out recess activities according to their school’s play spaces.

Registration:

Tues. 05.22.18: Bronx

Inclusive Physical Education for Elementary Students

Target Audience: Elementary Physical Education teachers who teach general PE classes and include students with disabilities

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

Physical education teachers will identify strategies for writing lesson plans that provide developmental and functionally appropriate physical education experiences for students with disabilities in order to access the general physical education (GPE) curriculum within the GPE setting. Through task analysis and an understanding of the classroom environment, teachers will describe how to apply instructional differentiation through universally designed lessons that enable students to access the grade level outcomes aligned to the NYC Scope and Sequence. Through case studies and the presentation of “real-life scenarios” teachers will identify supports and collaborative practices that engage key stakeholders including the students’ peers, paraprofessional and related service providers (physical therapists, speech therapist and occupational therapists). Equipment options, resources and assessments will also be discussed. Attendees will be provided with a copy of the resource: Physical Education for Children with Moderate to Severe Disabilities. (Grenier & Lieberman, 2017).

Registration:

Tue. 5.15.18: Bronx