Health Education

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Trainings

RMC Health provides training and resources for K–12 teachers, schools, and districts to implement skills-based health education. The trainings focus on research-based strategies that encourage students to maintain healthy behaviors, change unhealthy behaviors, and delay the onset of risky behaviors. Based in both the Colorado Health Standards and the National Health Standards, RMC Health prepares educators to plan and assess skills-based health education and to provide students the opportunity to practice and master those skills. All trainings equip educators with the tools and strategies they need to create safe, inclusive, and effective health education classes by providing participants with hands-on activities, authentic practice of teaching strategies, and current research on health education.

  • Introduction to Skills-Based Health Education: Daily Lesson Planning, Mastery, and Assessment

    Session Description:

    Maintain healthy behaviors, change unhealthy behaviors, and delay the onset of risky behaviors for all students. Research shows that to reach these goals, health teachers need to specifically teach health skills. Teachers will first have an opportunity to explore the new Colorado Health Standards (effective 2020) and the National Health Standards to better understand the role that health skills play in comprehensive health education. Teachers will then learn how to supplement current unit and lesson plans with explicit health skill instruction. Teachers will leave the training with a foundational knowledge of skills-based Health Education, lesson plans that focus on student skill development, criteria of what student mastery should look like, and performance-based assessments that can be used in their classroom.

    Participants will be able to:

    • Identify key shifts within the new Colorado Comprehensive Health
    • Education Standards and connection to National Health Education Standards;
    • Explain the purpose of skills-based health education
    • Utilize the Health Skills Progression Model to guide learning activities and teacher planning;
    • Develop lesson plans to teach the introduction, reinforcement, and mastery of health skills.
  • Building a Safe and Inclusive Community in the Health Education

    Session description:

    In the health education space, students are often asked to reflect on their own health practices and explore potentially sensitive topics. In order to develop student knowledge of health skills and concepts, teachers must first create a space where students feel safe to be themselves. In this training, participants will begin by building a foundation, writing a classroom vision. The remainder of the training will be devoted to making the vision come to life by learning about student-centered structures and routines that help to create inclusive, engaging environments. This hands-on training will give participants an opportunity to learn about these best practices and immediately apply them through modeling and developing a plan for their classroom.

    Participants will be able to:

    • Analyze the role student and teacher identities play in creating safe and inclusive health education;
    • Utilize the best practices to foster safe health education classrooms for all students;
    • Develop a plan for using student-centered classroom structures and routines.
  • Practice, Practice, Practice: The Road to Students Mastering Health Skills

    Session description:

    Practice makes perfect. When it comes to skills-based health education, practice is the hinge that connects instruction and mastery. Providing real-life, engaging practice opportunities in the health education classroom is vital to ensuring that students develop their health literacy. In this training, participants will first have the opportunity to evaluate their current classroom structures and curriculum for opportunities that help students practice health skills as well as prepare them to apply the health skills to their daily lives. After evaluating their own classroom practices, participants will learn strategies for incorporating practice opportunities in their classroom and will create plans for their use in the Health Education classroom.

    Participants will be able to:

    • Evaluate personal classroom practices for student Health Skill development;
    • Apply best practices that facilitate student mastery of Health Skills;
    • Design engaging practice opportunities for Health Skills.
  • The Joy of Assessment: Empowering Students and Teachers through Mastery

    Session description:

    Go beyond paper and pencil tests. Health skills require assessments that are intentionally designed to measure a student’s understanding and abilities. This training will help shift the use of assessments solely as accountability tools to building the understanding that assessments are an opportunity for both the teacher and student to share in the joy of learning a new skill or concept. Participants will leave with a menu of assessment options that go beyond multiple choice and short-answer responses. Participants will also leave with creative ways to collect and track student data to show growth and inform instructional next steps.

    Participants will be able to:

    • Summarize the benefits to both teachers and students of measuring mastery;
    • Create valid and reliable assessments aligned to Colorado’s Comprehensive Health Education Standards;
    • Utilize best practices for data collection to show student growth;
    • Analyze student data to determine instructional next steps.

Health Skills

RMC Health, in collaboration with local and national health educators, have created skill guides for the seven key health skills aligned with the National Health Education Standards and their performance indicators. The guides are designed to provide educators information on how to teach the health skills by breaking down each skill into manageable steps for students and providing example learning activities to introduce, reinforce, and assess each health skill.

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  • Analyze Influences
    Analyze Influences focuses on identifying and understanding the diverse internal and external factors that affect health practices and behaviors.
  • Access Valid & Reliable Resources
    Access Valid & Reliable Resources prepares students to be able to critically evaluate the health information around them, whether that is from research articles, advertisements, people, and other print materials.
  • Interpersonal Communication
    Interpersonal Communication guides students to better understand, practice, and reflect on their interactions with others, developing effective speaking and listening strategies, boundary setting/refusal skills, conflict resolution skills, and collaboration skills.
  • Decision-Making
    Decision-Making provides students with a process to approach decisions related to their health that require more thought and intention.
  • Goal-Setting
    Goal-Setting empowers students to strive for self-improvement by creating short and long term goals that have clear plans to help with follow through.
  • Self-Management
    Self-Management helps students identify the areas in their life where they must take personal responsibility and develop the necessary health practices to maintain and improve their health.
  • Advocacy for Self & Others
    Advocacy for Self & Others helps students build the capacity to promote their healthy behaviors and to encourage their peers to develop and maintain their own healthy behaviors.

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