By Dr. Kim Cooke, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, NC @CMSHPE
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) is committed to "developing" healthy, active kids. District and school teams work together on dynamic programs that measure student outcomes in relation to student wellness. Knowing the relationship between wellness and social-emotional learning, CMS has invested deeply in health and physical education. Why has CMS been successful in measuring student outcomes? Using district data through WELNET®, health and PE funding requests are aligned with the district’s strategic plan and initiatives. In other words, funding proposals are written to show impact on students in a compelling manner.
In 2015, CMS provided $115,000 in fitness equipment to support the high school fitness electives courses. Each high school received jump ropes, mats, medicine balls, and resistance bands. Purpose: To transform high school gymnasiums into fitness centers.
In 2016, CMS provided $133,000 of functional resistance equipment for all 43 middle schools in the district. Purpose: (1) To educate and promote lifetime fitness (2) To maximize gymnasium space for quality instruction.
In 2016, CMS provided $147,000+ to provide staff training and classroom furniture to promote active learning environments. Purpose: To redesign classroom environments and instruction to promote movement.
In 2017, CMS provided $343,000+ to purchase PE equipment for all 110 elementary schools in the district. Each school received $3,000 for PE equipment. Purpose: To ensure elementary PE teachers had adequate equipment and resources to deliver quality instruction.
In 2015-2017, CMS provided over $400,000+ to provide five high schools with new commercial quality weight rooms. Purpose: To ensure high school weight rooms are in compliance with safety and health standards.
In 2017, CMS provided over $18,000 in funds for August training for over 400+ health and PE teachers. Purpose: To improve teacher practice to implement quality health and PE programs in all K-12 schools.
In 2018, CMS provided over $360,000 in district funding to provide four high schools with new commercial quality weight rooms. Purpose: To ensure high school weight rooms are in compliance with safety and health standards.
In 2018, CMS has designated over $46,000 to provide substitutes for teachers to learn about a CMS-developed program called B3: Brain, Body, Behavior. All 110 elementary schools will send a team of 3 teachers to attend the training during 2018-2019 school year. Purpose: To educate teachers on how to use purposeful movement to address social, emotional, learning needs or our students.
In 2018, CMS is allocating over $26,000 to provide substitutes for all secondary health teachers. Over 100 CMS health teachers will be trained on the district’s Choice Led Health Classroom curriculum. Purpose: To ensure all health teachers understand and implement the district’s health education curriculum.