High School PE Program
The SPARK High School (HS) Physical Education (PE) Program was born from research conducted in two “real-world” settings, Alief, TX and Pittsburgh, PA, “POPI”: Pittsburgh Obesity Prevention Initiative). SPARK HS PE was shown to increase student participation, activity levels, and their subsequent enjoyment of PE class, while helping their teachers implement a standards-based approach to instruction.
From this healthy start, SPARK began an effort to disseminate lessons learned, and continue to field-test their High School PE content and instructional strategies nationwide. Many years and dozens of workshops later, today's program continues to earn rave reviews from participating High School physical educators -- and their students.
The SPARK High School Program leads with Standards and assessment strategies, then shows sample activities to help students practice to achieve the standard. The program is mired in sound instructional practice and the integration of different teaching styles and strategies. For example, participants learn the concept of Graduated Differentiated Learning, then participate actively in a sample volleyball progression that shows how it can be applied with students in "real-world" settings.
When a school or district chooses the SPARK High School Physical Education Program, they receive the four components necessary for successful implementation of program concepts and methods: