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Chesterfield County public schools: "GOT PEP?" PE program.

The Physical Education Program in Chesterfield County Public Schools was awarded a three year Physical Education for Progress $1.2 million dollar (PEP) grant through the U.S. Department of Education! The Department of Education received over 1,500 applications nationwide and awarded 237 grants. Chesterfield County Public Schools was the only public school system in Virginia to receive this grant for the school years 2005-07.

The purpose of this grant is to provide funds to initiate, expand, and improve physical education programs. The program we have developed for CCPS students and teachers, Chesterfield Physical Education Institute (CPEI), will be implemented over a three year period and supports Chesterfield's vision to produce self-directed learners. Our school superintendent, Dr. Billy Cannaday expresses his support of the "GOT PEP?" Physical Education training by stating, "Personal success for each student requires fit minds, fit bodies, and strong values. Physical education must inspire the application of these attributes in our daily lives and for a lifetime."

Program highlights:

[] Intensive, systematic training for K-12 HPE teachers highlighting the philosophy, implementation, and assessment of a PE program that focuses on lifetime physical activities for all children.

[] CPEI will provide continuing education/staff development opportunities for K-12 HPE teachers.

[] Emphasis on lifetime wellness for all students through PE programs implementing pedometers, heart rate monitors and bicycles. CPEI will focus on fitness equipment and training for special needs students.

[] Collaboration with Chesterfield Coalition for Active Children (COACH) and support of community-based fitness events (PTA Family Fitness Nights).

[] Technology-based tools and training for principals and assistant principals to use in assessing quality Physical Education programs.

Each year's CPEI will consist of nine days of exciting training opportunities. Nationally or regionally known experts will provide instruction in current research and strategies for integrating content into the classroom. This is what we would like to accomplish with our "GOT PEP?" training: P--"Professionalism": Attend and participate in the summer Physical Activity Institute and (4) PEP Inservices in Chesterfield. E--"Education": Continuing education is essential to staying up-to-date with the latest research and practices in the field. P--"People": The overall goal of the CPEI is to improve student achievement by empowering teachers on their "Journey to Excellence" through quality PE instruction. We will also be able to send 80 teachers to the VAHPERD convention and 45 teachers to the Southern District Convention.

Lynne Bennett will serve as the Project Director and Vicki Miller will serve at the Training Coordinator. Over the course of the grant, 220 Health and Physical Education teachers will receive training to enable all CCPS students to develop fitness for life one day at a time.
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Title Annotation:Physical Education for Progress
Author:Miller, Vicki
Publication:VAHPERD Journal
Geographic Code:1U5VA
Date:Mar 22, 2006
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