- Examine best practices regarding PreK-12 health and physical education instruction to address the Bellingham Promise outcome focused on developing healthy & active individuals.
- Meet three times a year to address issues related to health and physical education standards, instruction and assessment, and professional development needs.
- Communicate findings to stakeholders.
Basis for Establishment:
- To increase opportunities for teachers, principals and Department of Teaching and Learning to collectively collaborate around the development of healthy & active individuals as stated in The Bellingham Promise.
- To create an ongoing process for addressing standards, instruction and assessment decisions, alignment and communication regarding health and physical education instruction.
- To advise regarding needs and priorities in health and physical education.
- This group will make any necessary decisions based on a consensus of those present and primarily serve in an advisory capacity to Department of Teaching and Learning and the Superintendent.
Plan of Work:
- Understand how the Developing Healthy & Active Individuals advisory group relates to other Teaching and Learning Advisory groups and The Bellingham Promise.
- Review recent research on best practices in health and physical education.
- Examine current district practices in health and physical education.
- Analyze current assessment data.
- Examine current state, local and other related standards, assessments and instructional implications.
- Collect feedback from staff, students and parents, as needed.
- Recommend revised health and physical education practices for Bellingham Public Schools
2017-18 School Year – No meetings during the 2017-18 school year.
2016-17 School Year: All meetings are 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the District Office.
2015-16 School Year: Meetings are from 4 to 6 p.m. at the District Office.
- March 18, 2016 – Agenda, Minutes
- Establish team norms, review the scope of the work related to the Bellingham Promise and related advisory groups.
- Describe current district health education practices, with attention to curriculum, instruction, standards, assessment, and professional development.
- April 27, 2016 – Agenda, Minutes
- Examine current research and best practices reports about effective health education.
- Compare current Bellingham Schools health education offerings/experiences with needed/desired effective practices.
- May 18, 2016 – Agenda, Minutes
- Identify and recommend shifts in current Bellingham Schools health education practice to reflect best-practices research.
- Develop status report for the Department of Teaching and Learning and the Superintendent.
- Rotating/staggered memberships: Three-year, two-year and one-year memberships will be established at each level, so that we can have an ongoing advisory group over time without losing momentum
- Three elementary representatives: Nic Castona, Melanie Flink, Beth Kealy, Paula Stratman
- Four middle school representatives: Julee Pitalo, Shannon Flory, Katie Powell and Matt Macleod
- Two high school representatives: Darin Nolan,
- One nurse: Barb Cummins
- Charisse Berner, Director of Teaching and Learning – Co-chair
- Jessica Sankey, Director of Wellness – Co-chair
- Communicate and make public all meeting agendas and minutes
- Director of Teaching and Learning shares outcomes with DTL team to surface potential impact on priorities across the system.
- 2015-16 school year: January – May 2016
- 2016-17 and beyond: Teaching and Learning Advisory Group meets fall, winter and spring. Dates to be scheduled and communicated at the beginning of the school year.
- The advisory group may recommend that a review committee be formed to address significant curricular needs.