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| ||The physical education consultant provides professional development, technical assistance and resources to schools for the development and implementation of standards-based curricula, instruction and assessment. Physical education curricular materials are available for loan through the Health Education Resource Center (HERC) located at the Agency of Education in Montpelier. A competitive grant also funds the purchase and implementation of heart rate monitors in high school physical education.
Physical education provides regular moderate to vigorous exercise for students through a variety of sports, games and lifetime physical activities. Graduates of an exemplary, sequential physical education program will be able to evaluate their own physical fitness, set goals, and use their physical activity knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Curriculum and assessment in this content area is to be based on the Physical Education Grade Expectations which are divided into four areas of learning: knowledge/motor skills, physical fitness, affective qualities and social interaction. The Physical Education Grade Expectations are more specific statements of the Vermont standards in Vermont Framework of Standards & Learning Opportunities. These learning outcomes are organized by grade clusters (pre-K and K; 1 and 2, 3 and 4; 5 and 6; 7 and 8; and 9-12). The purpose of using grade clusters is to provide additional flexibility for alignment of local curriculum and local comprehensive assessment systems.
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|LINKS TO CURRENTLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION |
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| ||New! Adapted Physical Education Frequently Asked Questions PDF |
On Friday, November 9th 25 physical education teachers completed a full-day workshop about APE law, assessment, and instructional strategies. This list of frequently asked questions and answers, click here, was created to clarify the legal requirements and outline best practices for adapted physical education (APE). Professionals who attended the workshop will apply knowledge and skills to design and implement an APE program improvement plan in their school or district. If you would like to connect with one of these individuals, please reach out to Lindsay.
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| ||2012-2013 School Wellness Grant for Pk-12 Physical EducationPDF |
In 2010, more than 50% of Vermont physical education (PE) teachers reported that the PE program is operating with an annual budget of less than $1,500. This competitive grant opportunity is designed with great flexibility to provide funding for a variety of PE program improvement efforts. Proposals will only be considered for PE (i.e. this funding will not support school sports or other school-based physical activities). The application deadline is at 12:00 noon on September 28, 2012.
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Revised Guidance Document for Physical EducationPDF
This guidance document covers alternative acquisition of physical education credit.
Physical Education Grade Expectations PDF
A grade expectation (GE) is a stated objective that relates directly to a Vermont standard and associated evidences. A GE differentiates performance on content knowledge or skills between adjacent grade levels and describes clearly what students will do to show that they understand a designated concept. As a set, GEs lead to focused, coherent and developmentally appropriate instruction without narrowing the curriculum and are used for local curriculum and assessment development. The GEs also are offered in the following formats:
- Physical Education Grade ExpectationsRTF
- Physical Education Grade ExpectationsWORD
- Physical Education Grade Expectations by Content & Grade Cluster
Based on feedback from the field, the Vermont Grade Expectations for Physical Education are offered below in two additional formats. All content is the same as was published in the 2004 document. GEs arranged by content show skill, knowledge and attitude progression from PreK through grade 12. The second version shows all the grade expectations that are to be addressed and assessed at each grade cluster.
Act 161: An Act Relating to Nutrition Policy in Vermont Schools
View the text of the act as enacted into law.
- Wellness Programs and Funding Sources PDF
This document provides a list of school and community programs which have the potential to improve childhood wellness and available funds for schools and communities that wish to develop wellness programs.
Physical Education Resources PDF
View descriptions and links to resources related to curriculum and assessment, professional associations and grants.
Health Education Resource Centers (HERCs)
The Vermont Agency of Education operates a Health Education Resource Center (HERC) that maintains a variety of pre-K-12 health education materials. Currently practicing school and community-based health educators may borrow curricula, books, reference resources, models & kits and audio-visual materials.
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|CONTACT INFORMATION |
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Lindsay Simpson, Physical Education Consultant
(802) 828-1461 (P)
(802) 828-0573 (F)
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