SHAPE Vermont Resources
The January 2018 Linking Health & Learning has been published.
This newsletter communicates pertinent news, professional learning events and resources to support Vermont' s health and physical educators. Contact: Susan Yesalonia, Ed.D., Health and Physical Education Specialist. 802-479-1284, email@example.com
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.Â Â
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; Fo test administration and school accountability, contact Gabriel McGann, Statewide Assessment Coordinator, at email@example.com For the FG Companion Assessments, contact Linda Moreno, Assessment Coordinator for Special Populations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.email@example.com
Strategies for Recess in Schools
These new resources from the CDC and SHAPE America provide schools 19 evidence-based strategies for implementing quality physical activity time through recess.
Free resources include: Planning resources, videos, infographic, electronic toolkit, and much more! Recess, in conjunction with health and physical education, contributes to an active school environment that supports 50 Million Strong by 2029, SHAPE America’s commitment to empower all children to lead active and healthy lives. Thank you for helping to cultivate an active school environment!
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
Position Statements from the American School Health Association
School administrators can enhance health education. Read the position statement here.Building effective school-community partnerships. Read the position statement here.For information on the rise in depression in teens, link here.
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.
Vermont Health Education
School health programs for K-12 students prove to be more effective in changing health behaviors than occasional programs on a single health topic. Health literacy is defined as "the capacity of individuals to obtain, interpret and understand basic health information and service, and the competence to use such information and services in ways that enhance health." Vermont law provides a definition for comprehensive health education. View the VT AOE health education resources page.
Explore Quality Physical Education
Physical education provides students with a planned, sequential, K-12 standards-based program of curricula and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge and behaviors for active living, physical fitness, sportsmanship, self-efficacy and emotional intelligence.
View the SHAPE America guidance document defining the essential components of physical education.
Are you utilizing Fitnessgram?
Save the date... SHAPE VT Middle School Fitness Competition
WHAT: A battery of fitness-based events (mile run, push up, curl up and sit & reach) with both team and individual awards given out based on performance in each of the individual events. Over 30 middle schools (350 + students) competed in the 2017 competition.
WHEN: Thursday May 3, 2018
WHERE: Norwich University
WHY: To celebrate our middle school students fitness accomplishments and to help support SHAPE Vermont!
COST: 40.00 PER TEAM (teams of boys 5/6, girls 5/6, girls 7/8, boys 7/8)
Director: Chris Shackett, Health and PE Teacher, Hinesburg Community School
Email firstname.lastname@example.org #VTMSFitComp
Date: October 18th and 19th, 2018
Time: Thursday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Time: Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Location: Killington Grand Hotel, Killington, Vermont