Dynamic curriculum and a great training session are not always enough to facilitate systemic change that lasts. It is critical to provide extensive support to ensure each school/agency is successful throughout the change process. To facilitate this effort, SPARK "Stars" are identified among participating teachers and are asked to serve as SPARK liaisons.
When a SPARK training ends, everyone leaves except the SPARK Stars and the site principals. Then, SPARK presenters facilitate a separate, supplemental meeting focusing on what SPARK refers to as the "Three I's":
During the SPARK Star meeting, each attendee receives access to Star materials on line to assist them in their roles as well as a thank you gift from SPARK.
Note: Each SPARK Star meeting is modified to address the needs of a particular program; and in some cases, may not be conducted (e.g., site cannot identify people to assume the role, program doesn't require or desire a SPARK Star, etc.).
All participants in any SPARK Program receive lifetime support via our 800 number, e-mail, and website, as well as a monthly webinar series, social networking opportunities and a monthly eNewsletter that includes SPARK updates and teaching tips.
Attendees are encouraged to stay in touch with SPARK and call with any physical education/activity questions and concerns, no matter how small. SPARK staff consult and send support information and materials forever -- even when a SPARK trained teacher moves on to another school/agency.
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