What is available to students?
SPARKuniversity is a robust digital library of expert selected content from the popular SPARK K-2 and 3-6 physical education manuals -- and a source of evidence-based learning tools created especially for majors and generalists. SPARKuniversity includes:
- 50+ SPARK Physical Education (grades K-6) activities chosen to align with the following course themes:
- Building a Positive Learning Environment
- Making Fitness Fun
- Inclusion and Differentiated Learning
- Strategies to Increase MVPA
- Wonderful World of Dance
- High Activity Skills Progression
- Modifying Traditional Sports
- Promoting Activity Away from School
- Academic Integration
- Ready-to-use assignments including printable guidelines, rubrics & other tools
- Additional resources include current industry-specific articles and research, blogs, a monthly eNewsletter, a monthly webinar series, and opportunities to connect with other students through social media.
Students can obtain 1 year of access to the “K-6 SPARKuniversity” section on SPARKfamily.org website for $49.00.
What is available to University Instructors?
There are two ways instructors can use SPARK in their classes:
1. Require SPARK in an elementary or secondary methods course(s) and receive:
- 1 year of Professor-level access to SPARKuniversity section on SPARKfamily.org including:
- Sample syllabus
- Pedagogy assignments
- Coordinated school health assignment
- Peer-teaching and practicum observation guidelines
- Grading rubrics
- Hyperlinks to research
- Tests with answer keys
- Equipment (purchased through SPARK) at our best 15% discount and free shipping
- Note- access can be renewed as long as requiring SPARK
We ask that you:
- Include SPARK in your syllabus and include language requiring its purchase
- Ensure there are at least 10 SPARKuniversity purchasers per semester/quarter
- Tell students of www.sparkpe.org and SPARKfamily.org and encourage them to visit the websites and take advantage of SPARK’s free resources
2. Use SPARK as a RECOMMENDED resource and receive:
- 1 year of Professor-level access to SPARKuniversity section on SPARKfamily.org. Note- access can be renewed as long as recommending SPARK
- Equipment purchased from SPARK at a 10% discount
We ask that you:
- Show the SPARKfamily.org digital curriculum tools to students at least one time during the semester/quarter
- Tell students of www.sparkpe.org and encourage them to visit the websites and take advantage of SPARK’s free resources
To order student-level SPARKuniversity access at the discounted student rate, download our SPARKuniversity order form HERE.
NEW: SPARKuniversity Equipment lists are now available! This equipment list includes all of the items needed to teach the activities offered in SPARKuniveristy content. To order the Equipment List for elementary level SPARKuniversity Click Here.
Here's what one University Educator had to say:
"As a Research I institution West Virginia University has always searched for evidenced-based curricula to include in our methods classes. For the last 12 years or so we have used (SPARK) in our elementary methods course and at our elementary laboratory school. SPARK is research-based and our preservice teachers find it very easy to apply in our laboratory school setting. Our undergraduate students like the SPARK curriculum and the numerous instructional materials that come with SPARK... Our students find SPARK to be a wonderful addition to their professional library."
-Lynn Housner, Ph.D., Associate Dean & Professor, West Virginia University
Click Here to view our SPARKuniversity Frequently Asked Questions.