Health and Wellness Initiatives
Elementary Health Curriculum
- Health lessons integrated into the core subject areas (Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science)
- Lessons focus on core subject area tested TEKS to support state exam success
- Supporting components include campus-wide personnel (nurses, counselors, physical education teachers, cafeteria managers, & administrators)
- Assessments are being developed that will include Health content reading with core subject area stem questions
AQ Zones (Elementary)
- Designed to provide students with an opportunity to participate in a friendly, fun, and safe environment that requires physical activity.
- Takes place before or after school depending on each school's needs.
- Revisions based on campus surveys will be made and implemented for 2010-2011 school year
Middle School Comprehensive Health
- Revisions to current Health curriculum were made to focus on written, taught, tested objectives
- Additional lessons were created that include best practice instructional strategies
- Curriculum will be available through Eduphoria
- Developed to help promote a positive school culture with all students
- 5 themes available for yearlong implementation (Stop Bullying Around; Social Smarts; Forever Fit; Drug Free, The Way to Be; and Go Green)
- Budget will be given to campuses; Campuses will select 1 theme to implement throughout the year
Wellness Centers (Middle)
- Designed to offer extra opportunities for middle school students to be physically active
- Mini-budgets will be allotted per campus to purchase equipment
- Campuses may choose before, during or after school implementation schedules
"Brain Friendly" Classrooms
The Office of Health and Wellness partnered with EPISD's Read 180 classrooms to pilot an enhanced learning process by integrating physical activity into classroom lessons & allowing for 1-3 minute activity breaks throughout the school day. A growing body of research has shown:
- Active & fit students have better standardized test scores & grades
- Classroom physical activity breaks improve attention & behavior, but breaks without activity do not
- Physical activity can now be considered a strategy for enhancing academic performance
Quality Physical Education (QPE)
- Emphasizes health related fitness, physical competence, positive social behaviors, and cognitive understanding about physical activity for students. (Movement, Fitness, and Attitudes)
- Helps students develop a healthy and physically active lifestyle through the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
- Contains lessons with modifications for K–8th grade instruction meeting the needs of all students.
- Increases physical activity levels leading to more alert and energetic students improving their capacity to learn.
- Vertically aligns with both the Texas State Standards and National Standards enabling students to develop appropriately.
- Teaches self-management skills, such as goal setting and self-monitoring.
- Focuses on thematic instruction allowing teachers to connect learning with key concepts, which leads to increased student achievement.
- Accessible through an electronic curriculum platform providing teachers easy access to all curriculum documents.