SHAPE Vermont Resources
Event registration for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) announced that event registration is open for the next National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW), to be held on Jan. 22-27, 2019. NDAFW is an annual, week-long series of educational events that link teens with scientific experts to SHATTER THE MYTHS about substance use and addiction. NIDA and NIAAA are both part of the National Institutes of Health. NIDA has produced a wide variety of resources for organizers of NDAFW events and promotional activities, including new resources for parents and educators: An online guide, which gives event organizers everything needed to plan and host a NDAFW event or activity. Online resources for parents and educators that offer classroom activities for NDAFW and other year-round lessons on drugs and alcohol, including an easy-to-use Lesson Plan and Activity Finder. New this year is an interactive infographic for help with safe disposal of unused prescription medicines.
Free booklets with science-based facts about drugs and alcohol available to event planners who register online. Resources include one of NIDA’s most in-demand teen publications, Drugs: SHATTER THE MYTHS, which now has an Opioids: Facts for Teens booklet.
Parent Up VT resources
The Vermont Department of Health provides evidenced based research and expertise to assist communities, and in particular parents, against teenage drug and alcohol use. Interactive features, graphics, videos, and much more are available here.
Linking Health and Learning
The November issue has been posted to the Vermont Agency of Education Health and Physical Education webpages. To subscribe to the newsletter, please send an email request to Susan Yesalonia, the Health and Physical Education Specialist for the Vermont Agency of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Resource for School Employee Wellness
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors has released Healthy School, Healthy Staff, Healthy Students: A Guide to Improving School Employee WellnessThis resource is designed to assist school districts and schools in establishing or enhancing an employee wellness initiative. Evidence-based school employee wellness programs have the potential to increase employee productivity and performance, improve the health of both staff and students, and support student academic success. Developed with funding from CDC, the guide provides a step-by-step process that districts and schools can use to develop an employee wellness initiative that fits their unique needs. It includes worksheets, templates, and resources as well as real-world examples from school districts that have successfully worked to improve employee wellness.
Winter Track and Field Season is here!
Take a look at the youth running resources available through the New York Road Runners
December Printable Fitness Challenge Calendar
S&S Worldwide and the Alliance For A Healthier Generation have teamed up to create this fitness calendar for the month of December 2018. Students are challenged each day to participate in the activities listed on the calendar. For the month of December, you can use this month's calendar for fitness exercise ideas for your program and print it as a take-home to encourage students to stay active over winter break! Each week, the number of repetitions for each fitness exercise increases. This can be adapted for any grade level.
Vermont's New Statewide Physical Education Assessment: FAQ
The Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) has adopted FitnessGram as its statewide physical education assessment for state and federal accountability purposes. This FAQ provides introductory information about the assessment, timelines for implementation, and the respective roles of the AOE and field educators in facilitating this change. Read more here
Why is Vermont introducing a common Physical Education assessment into the state accountability system?
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to develop a State Accountability Plan that employs a variety of school quality indicators.Â Vermontâ€™s ESSA State Plan includes Physical Education as one of four academic content areas to be assessed. Additionally, in the Education Quality Standards, Vermont has articulated a commitment to education and evaluation that supports the whole child, knowing that healthier students perform better in every other aspect of school. FitnessGram will be used to collect data and the results will support state and local educators in promoting healthy, active student lifestyles.
What is the FitnessGram assessment?
FitnessGram is comprehensive health-related fitness assessment developed by The Cooper Institute for Youth, and is currently the most widely used fitness assessment in the nation. The FitnessGram software includes ActivityGram, a detailed assessment of physical activity that uses the physical activity pyramid as a basis for analyzing personal activity patterns. The principal mission of the FitnessGram/ActivityGram program is to promote lifelong physical activity among youth
The Vermont Physical Education Assessment Supervisory Union or District certification process requires physical educators to complete a four-part training series as well as FitnessGram 101, which is embedded as a resource in the FitnessGram software.
Which students will be assessed?
The assessment will be administered to all publically funded students in the 4th, 7th, and 10th grade. Schools serving these students need to plan appropriate instruction, test practice, and data collection for all students. For 10th grade students, the FitnessGram assessment may be administered in existing physical education classes or as a school-wide event to provide access to the assessment for students who are not currently taking physical education. The AOE plans to collect and share examples of 10th grade FitnessGram events during the spring 2018 pilot testing window.
Testing of publicly funded students that attend independent schools will take place at either the independent school they attend, or the funding school. Data from this field test will be made available to schools, but will not be used for accountability purposes.
What is the assessment window?
At this time, the AOE expects schools to administer the assessment within a four-week testing window that roughly falls within May, annually.
What domains of physical fitness will the Vermont Physical Education assessment measure?
The AOE has selected four domains of the FitnessGram system to be used in accountability: aerobic capacity, abdominal muscular strength and endurance, upper body muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. The FitnessGram measurement of Body Composition will not be required. However, schools may decide to use other parts of the assessment that are not part of the AOE requirements, but the AOE will only collect data from those that are required.
Contacts: For content assessment content and related classroom practice, contact Susan Yesalonia, Physical Education Specialist, a email@example.com; Fo test administration and school accountability, contact Gabriel McGann, Statewide Assessment Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org For the FG Companion Assessments, contact Linda Moreno, Assessment Coordinator for Special Populations, at email@example.com.
Promoting Healthier Eating Habits and Physical Activity at School
Given the connection between student health and academic outcomes—as well as the amount of time students spend at school—schools are a key setting for improving health. The Vermont Department of Health promotes the use of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model that focuses on a child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development to improve learning and health in our nation’s schools
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors has released The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model: A Guide to Implementation. The guide is designed to assist schools and school districts interested in adopting and implementing the model. Resources include:http://www.chronicdisease.org/SchoolHealthPubs.
CDC E-Learning Resources for Teachers: Training Tools for Healthy Schools: Promoting Health and Academic Success
The Training Tools for Healthy Schools: Promoting Health and Academic Success, e-Learning series consists of five core training tools that have been converted to 1-1.5 hour modules for the ease and flexibility for online learners to have easier access to our tools. Continuing education credits are offered to most participants for the CSPAP and SHG. All five modules have a very robust Go Further section to gain additional knowledge and resources. Please link here to learn more.
As a reminder, the Vermont School Wellness Policy Guidelines have also been updated to reflect the new federal guidelines to support you in the revision process.
For help and additional information please contact: Jennifer Woolard, School Chronic Disease Prevention Specialist, Vermont Department of Health / Health Promotion Disease Prevention P: 802.863.7393 F: 802.651.1634 Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org
School administrators are in the primary position to change schools into places where students learn healthy lifestyle habits that support their success in school and are essential for lifetime well-being - See more at: http://www.ashaweb.org/asha-position-statements/#sthash.DJN5PVXB.dpuf
Vermont Agency of Education Weekly Field Memo
The VT AOE created the weekly field memo to keep subscribers up-to-date with current education policy, state-wide education initiatives, and official messages from the AOE. The field memo also includes education-related items from other state agencies.
Date: October 24th and 25th, 2019
Time: Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Time: Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Location: Killington Grand Hotel, Killington, Vermont