School Health Education Program: Plans & Investigation

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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
This lesson outlines several important steps involved in developing a school health education program, particularly: organization, planning, investigation, and communication.

School Health Education

Just about every state in the U.S. sets policies and requirements for health education in public schools, and developing a school health education program is quite a daunting endeavor. As a result, there are quite a few steps to follow and things to consider. We're going to go over some of the key steps involved in developing a school health education program, but this is only the first in three lessons that goes over the many important steps involved in developing such a program. So, I encourage you to watch the others for more information.

Organization and Plan

One of the first steps to developing and designing a school health education program is to organize a curriculum committee, one that will have the power to not only design the curriculum itself but to also select important textbooks and classroom material. This committee should not be biased. This means the committee should be composed of different types of individuals tasked with important roles. This can include the likes of teachers from different grade levels, administrative personnel from the school or the local district, other school staff such as the school nurse or nutritionist, members of the community, family members of students attending the school, and even some of the students themselves, such as those that were elected to office by their peers.

Once such a committee is formed, they can then move on to the next important part of developing a school health education program. They can frame a plan for developing the program. This plan can, and should, have many components to it. Some example of this include:

  • A delineation of roles. In other words, who is responsible for developing or implementing what part of the program.
  • The resources necessary to accomplish their tasks. This can include physical resources like books and supplies, or it can include resources like money.
  • Specific tasks that need to be accomplished are another examples of this.
  • A timeline for the development of the program as a whole, or parts of it.

Investigation and Communication

Each committee member needs to investigate all of the relevant literature, laws, and policies concerning school health education in their particular state. This means the members need to understand all relevant federal legislation affecting school health education, any state specific policies not included in federal legislation and rules, and any pertinent local school policies regarding their health education program.

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