School Health Education: Curriculum & Professional Development

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  • 0:00 School Health Program Factors
  • 0:32 The Curriculum
  • 2:37 Professional Development
  • 3:23 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson will focus on the curriculum-related aspects of developing a school health education program as well as the importance of professional development.

School Health Program Factors

When developing a school health education program curriculum, the curriculum committee has to consider everything from developing a plan for the program, to analyzing the resources they have at their disposal, to investigating the needs of the community, and a lot more. They also have to do the obvious, what their name implies: they need to design the curriculum. This lesson's particular focus is going to be on the curriculum aspect of developing a school health education program. We'll also discuss the importance of professional development.

The Curriculum

The obvious aspect of developing a school health education program is designing the curriculum, which is all of the subjects and experiences of a course of study in an educational institution. The curriculum needs to consider a lot of important factors. It must be comprehensive. It must be sequential. It must build on prior knowledge from various classes, including those outside the program. It must lay a foundation for the development of future knowledge. The curriculum needs to outline what a student needs to learn and comprehend at each grade level and what skillsets they must develop. The curriculum needs to contain instructional strategies as well as student assessments that are aligned to a particular state or national health education standard. The curriculum must thoroughly link the following key points to one another: objectives, content, skills, instructional resources and methodology, and student assessments and evaluations. The curriculum must also allow for enough time for students to grasp, comprehend, and put their knowledge into practice. It should also try to link health-related issues with the topics studied in other relevant classes.

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