Physical education is a school-based instructional opportunity for students to gain the necessary skills and knowledge for lifelong participation in physical activity. Physical education is characterized by a planned, sequential K-12 curriculum (course of study) that provides cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of activity areas. Quality physical education programs assist students in achieving the national standards for K-12 physical education. The outcome of a quality physical education program is a physically educated person who has the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. Highly Qualified, trained teachers teach physical education. Highly Qualified Physical Education Specialists base their teaching on the national standards for K-12 Physical Education (NASPE, 2004) in order to provide students a foundation of skills and knowledge that can apply to many activities so that students are willing, able, and interested in seeking a lifetime of physical activity.
Physical Education Curriculum Support
Arizona K-12 Physical Education Standards- Standards are critical to develop physically-educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. The purpose of the Standards document is to provide the framework for a quality physical education.
Physical Education Endorsement- Endorsements are attachments to teaching certificates and indicate areas of specialization. They are for grades K-12 unless otherwise indicated. Once issued, they are automatically renewed with the teaching certificate on which the endorsement was posted. Optional endorsements may be required by local governing boards. All requirements for the endorsement must be met. Courses and programs must be taken from an accredited institution.
The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) will help school districts conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of written physical education curricula, based upon national physical education standards. The PECAT is customizable to include local standards. The results from the analysis can help school districts enhance existing curricula, develop their own curricula, or select a published curriculum, for the delivery of quality physical education in schools.
Physical Education Resources
American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) - is an organization whose mission is to promote and support leadership, research, education, and best practices in the professions that support creative, healthy, and active lifestyles.
Arizona Health and Physical Education – Arizona Health and Physical Education is an educational organization that achieves its mission by supporting, encouraging, and providing assistance to members statewide as they initiate, develop, conduct and promote programs of health, physical education, recreation, dance and other movement-related programs.
PE Central is a website full of resources for physical educators whose goal is to provide the latest information about developmentally appropriate physical education programs for children.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Adolescent School Health (DASH) promotes the health and well-being of children and adolescents to enable them to become healthy and productive adults.
Physical Education Teacher Apps - Today, more and more teachers are looking for ways to integrate their smart phones and tablets with their physical education and health courses.
Urban Physical Education Resource Guide – The challenges that face urban physical education teachers are not always unique to an urban school setting, and can often be found in PE classrooms throughout the state. Urban physical education teachers are often faced with multiple challenges and minimal resources to combat those roadblocks. The Urban Physical Education Resource Guide was designed to support teachers in their efforts to combat those challenges.
Center for Disease Control- Physical Activity for Everyone – Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases. Fitting regular exercise into your daily schedule may seem difficult at first, but the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are more flexible than ever, giving you the freedom to reach your physical activity goals through different types and amounts of activities each week. It’s easier than you think!
Let’s Move Active Schools is a comprehensive program that empowers school champions—physical education teachers, classroom teachers, principals, administrators, and parents to create active environments that enable all students to get moving and reach their full potential.
The Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) is a free program developed to ensure what happens before, during, and after the fitness assessment is beneficial for students and teachers and leads to youth who are active for life.
For more information regarding Physical Education please contact:
Physical Education, Physical Activity Specialist