Designing and Implementing a Skills-Based Approach in the Health Education Classroom

Course Number:  EDU 5515 C39
Instructor: Holly Alperin & Sarah Benes
Location: Montpelier, VT
Dates and Times: Workshop 9/29/17 8:30 am - 3:30 pm Online Component 10/2/17-10/6/17 with final project due 10/27/17
Credits: 1 credit
Tuition: $530

Note: Please register directly with the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative (VT-HEC). VT-HEC will then give you the link to Castleton's online registration form.

Course Description

This workshop and practice-oriented follow up online course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to implement a skills-based approach to health education. The workshop will lay the foundation for a skills-based approach to health education. The online coursework provides an opportunity for participants to extend and apply their learning through the development of a scope and sequence, performance-based assessments to measure skill proficiency, and units to achieve skill development. All work will be aligned with skill development of the National Health Education Standards and VT Learning Outcomes. Each participant will receive personalized feedback on work submitted.

Audience: K-12 Health Education Teachers and curriculum designers who completed the in-person workshop associated with this course.

Course Objectives

Course Goals: To increase knowledge, skills and confidence to implement a skills-based approach to health education and support proficiency-based education. 

Course Objectives: 
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
● Describe the ways in which a skills-based approach supports proficiency-based education.
● Discuss theory and evidence that support a skills-based approach to health education.
● Develop a scope and sequence using a skills-based approach to health education.
● Develop skills-based units and assessments that measure skill proficiency.
● Implement a skills-based approach to health education that is aligned with CDC characteristics for effective health education.

Course Expectations

1. Attendance at the 6 hour workshop- Plan, Implement, Reflect: Practical Strategies for Implementing a Skills-Based Approach in the Health Education Classroom
2. Participation in 9 hour online component: Learning Into Practice: Advancing Your Skills-Based Health Education Curriculum through the development of units plans with authentic, performance-based assessments
.

Required Texts

Required Readings/Texts: (required texts not included in cost of course)

Benes, S. & Alperin, H. (2016). The Essentials of Teaching Health Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Other Suggested Readings/Texts:

SHAPE America. (2015). Appropriate practices in school-based health education. [Guidance document]. Reston, VA: Author.

School health and youth health promotion, World Health Organization.

For additional course information

Holly Alperin
(781) 696-5330

Sarah S. Benes
(617) 224-8050

For additional registration information

Julie Medose
(802) 498-3350

Register online now!