Middle School Training
SPARK workshops at this level provide more advanced instruction in standards-based lessons, show middle school physical educators how incorporate a variety of teaching styles and strategies, and provide instructional analysis and reflection through the use of videotape and lesson quality assessment tools. The SPARK trainer also leads an “Action Plan” segment designed to move a staff and/or district forward toward their “vision” for quality PE programming.
SPARK Middle School PE workshops consist of the following modules/themes:
SPARK makes it easy to bring a Certified SPARK Trainer to your school, district or agency. Choose from either Premium (12 hours of training, 2 full days) or Standard (6 hours, 1 full day). SPARK accommodates up to 40 attendees at each workshop -- combine with other schools and share the cost.
SPARK workshops are FUN, "hands-on," and specially designed to meet the needs of the host school(s), district, or agency. Participants learn by doing, and become motivated by a dynamic staff of educators (many are former national middle school teachers of the year, and/or program authors).
SPARK uses a variety of advanced pedagogical skills to move physical education/activity programs and their teachers forward with a unique, "obesity prevention approach" to instruction.
SPARK workshop participants receive carefully selected handouts, motivational prizes earned during the workshop(s), SPARK Certification Awards, a SPARK banner for their school, and are eligible for a unit of credit from San Diego State University (Premium Program only).
Additionally, SPARK staff assist in promoting physical activity throughout the day (e.g., before school, during lunch, intramurals, and after school). All planning, organizing, and consultation on any and all physical activity matters is provided as part of any SPARK Middle School Physical Education workshop program.
SPARK is proud to offer a wide selection of on-site and online teacher training programs and topics to meet the professional development needs of your school, district, or agency. Online teacher training is provided via SPARKecademy.org where you can access free recorded webinars and tutorials and purchase SPARK program online training modules.
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