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Curriculum and Instruction A balanced Physical Education program provides each student with an opportunity to develop his/her physical fitness and motor skills. The goal of the Physical Education program is the development of a physically-educated person, one who has learned skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities, is physically fit, participates regularly in physical activity, knows the benefits from involvement in physical activity, values physical activity and its contributions to a healthy lifestyle.

Legislative Requirements and Supporting Documentation

  • Safety of School Sports - Concussions    
    During the 2009 Session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 348 in an attempt to respond to the serious issue of sports-related concussion injuries as a result of inapproproate treatment and diagnosis. This legislation requires individuals engaged in athletic coaching in Oregon be annually trained in recognizing the signs and symptoms of a concussion and how to seek proper medical treatment for a person suspected of having a concussion.
  • Steroids and Performance-Enhancing Substances Law and Administrative Rule    
    During the 2008 Session, the content from 2007 SB 517 was updated with technical changes as part of Senate Bill 1066. Information can be found on this page.
  • Physical Education Requirements and Physical Education Expansion K-8 (PEEK-8)- 2007 House Bill 3141 (ORS 329.496)    
    The Governor signed the 2007 House Bill 3141 requiring K-5 students receive physical education 150 minutes per week and students in grades 6-8 receive 225 minutes. Additional information can be found on this page.
  • Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in Schools    
    An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that analyzes cardiac rhythm and prompts a user to deliver a shock when necessary. Its purpose is to jolt abnormal heart rhythm, such as ventricular fibrillation, back to normal sinus rhythm.

Grant Announcements and Applications

The PEEK-8 grants were established by the 2007 Oregon Legislature through the passage of HB 3141. During the 2013 Legislative Session, additional grant allocations were approved for the 2013-14 school year. The Physical Education Expansion K-8 (PEEK-8) Teacher Hire and Professional Development Grants are designed to support activities related to meeting the physical education instructional requirements for students in kindergarten through grade 8 as described in OAR 581-020-0250. Oregon Department of Education will be hosting a webinar to provide information and answer questions on July 25th from 2:30-3:30. To join the webinar on July 25th: Click here

Curriculum and Instructional Resources

  • Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit Information PDF   06/21/2010 (235.18 KB)
    Letter from Howell Wechsler, Ed.D., M.P.H.
    Director, Division of Adolescent & School Health
    National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    A new informational video has been added to the toolkit. Web buttons have been created to allow easier access from your web pages. (See letter for additional details and links.)
  • Introduction to Physical Education PDF   07/01/2002 (29.16 KB)
  • Qualities of Physical Education Program PDF   07/01/2002 (7.22 KB)
  • Physical Fitness FITT Principle PDF   07/01/2002 (7.87 KB)
  • Physical Education - Effective Practices PDF   08/20/2009 (484.74 KB)
  • Effective Teaching Skills PDF   07/01/2002 (9.31 KB)
  • Resources PDF   09/26/2007 (37.27 KB)
    List of external web links that are helpful in designing and supporting physical education curriculum.
  • 101 Tips for Youth Sport Coaches PDF   03/01/2010 (930.86 KB)
    The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and Polar USA have developed the new 101 Tips for Youth Sport Coaches. Offering 101 suggestions to become a complete coach, the brochure introduces youth sport coaches to the fundamentals of good coaching and encourages their professional development so that every young athlete will have an optimal sport experience.
    To receive a free copy of 101 Tips for Youth Sport Coaches, send a stamped, self- addressed legal size (#10) envelope to: NASPE/101 Tips Coaches, 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. The brochure is sold in packages of 50 at $25 retail and $15 for AAHPERD members. For bulk purchases of 200+ copies for your coaches, call 1-800-321-0789. Stock number is 304-10500
  • Gang Prevention Toolkit Now Available to City Leaders
    The YEF Institute has published a new toolkit entitled "Preventing Gang Violence and Building Communities Where Young People Thrive." The toolkit draws upon lessons learned over the past three years from the California Cities Gang Prevention Network, a 13-city network sponsored in collaboration with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency to identify strategies for reducing gang violence and victimization. Each of the network cities has developed and is now implementing a comprehensive gang reduction plan that blends prevention, intervention and enforcement techniques.

    The toolkit highlights a wide range of city practices and contains eight chapters divided into three sections:
    • Marshalling resources to fund anti-gang strategies;
    • Forming strategic partnerships within the criminal justice system, and with county agencies, schools, neighborhoods, and the faith community;
    • Targeted approaches, including using street outreach workers to intervene with high-risk youth and facilitating the reentry of youth and adults from detention facilities.

    For more information about the California Cities Gang Prevention Network, visit http://www.nlc.org/find-city-solutions/institute-for-youth-education-and-families/violence-prevention/california-cities-gang-prevention-network or contact Andrew Moore at (215) 848-6910 or moore@nlc.org email/ align=

Additional Resources

Related Topics

  • Health
    The study of health education prepares students to make healthy decisions and take healthy actions on matters concerning personal, family and community health. Its goal is for students to become health literate (the ability to obtain, interpret, and understand basic health information and services) and to use such information and services in health-enhancing ways.

  • Tanya Frisendahl Email    (503) 947-5754
    Educator Effectiveness - Education Specialist

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