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March 9, 2017
Northwest Missouri State University students in Literacy and Applications in Physical Education recently joined professional physical educators, health educators, administrators and school health personnel to learn about trends and best practices in their field.
The students, under the instruction of Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education Dr. Jodie Leiss, attended the Quality Health & Physical Education (QHPE) Project Feb. 28 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Students gained insight into a variety of topics including legislative issues and initiatives related to physical education; the role of cooperation, collaboration, creativity and cultural competence in the teaching and learning environment; technology and online resources for teaching; and learning in health and physical education.
Students also learned about practices related to curriculum and instructional delivery in health and physical education as well as guidelines for developing rubrics to use in standards-based assessments. They learned about the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, a national physical fitness education and assessment program that helps schools achieve excellence in physical education while empowering students to be fit for life.
“Encouraging our physical education majors to attend professional workshops not only gives them up-to-date information regarding physical education and best teaching practices, but it allows them to network with other professionals, which is important in the field of teaching,” Leiss said. “Networking helps develop lifelong friends and colleagues that they can turn to when challenges arise during their careers. I hope students came away with new information and a new perspective on information they have learned at Northwest and made some new contacts for the future.”
QHPE is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Regional Professional Development Centers, the Southwest Center for Educational Excellence and the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance with support provided by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Students studying physical education at Northwest do so within the University’s multidisciplinary School of Health Science and Wellness, which also offers programming in health and wellness, recreation, foods and nutrition, psychology, human services, school counseling, sport and exercise psychology, and a variety of medicine-related fields. For more information about the School of Health Science and Wellness at Northwest, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/health/.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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