Become a Leader for Healthy Schools

Professional Development for School Staff

Well-Ahead Louisiana recognizes that schools play a fundamental role in encouraging healthy behaviors in children. That’s why we formed the Healthy Schools Training Krewe to work directly with teachers and staff to empower schools to take a leadership role in establishing healthy habits in kids that will last a lifetime. 

The Healthy Schools Training Krewe is a collaborative of school health experts that help schools across the state establish healthy environments for students to learn and play. In collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), experienced trainers, and state and national organizations, the Krewe delivers skill-building professional development workshops and trainings for schools and school districts. Its mission is to enhance the knowledge and skills of those working to create healthier schools.

The Healthy Schools Training Krewe offers free, in-person professional learning opportunities for groups at both the school-level and district-level. Workshops are highly interactive and incorporate teaching and learning strategies to accommodate a variety of learning styles. Training topics include physical activity and education, nutrition, emotional well-being, and infrastructure for district and school health. Let us help you plan your next district in-service or school health event. Our professional development is tailored to your needs and your schedule.

Health and Physical Education Trainings

  • Improving School Health Education

    Schools are key partners in Louisiana’s efforts to achieve health equity. Providing accessible, high-quality health education for each child makes better health outcomes possible for an entire generation. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn the Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum as defined by the CDC to support curriculum selection and classroom instruction. This training was developed for curriculum and instruction administrators, health education supervisors and health education teachers and it is also available as a self-paced virtual course.

    After the training, participants will be able to:

    • Define the Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum.
    • Describe how to apply the Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum.
  • Physical Education Reboot: Step Up Your Game!

    Could your physical education (PE) program use a reboot? Bring new energy and excitement to PE class with fresh ideas. During this workshop, PE teachers will learn strategies for helping students practice and improve movement patterns, attain high levels of fitness, and recognize the value of self-expression through dance and movement. Teachers will experience dynamic fitness and cooperative activities that can be incorporated into their own PE programs with student assessment.

    After the training, participants will be able to:

    • Implement dynamic fitness and cooperative activities into PE instruction.
    • Implement strategies to increase student creativity, self-expression, and social interaction in PE classes.
    • Incorporate student assessment into PE programs.
    • Access free PE curriculum resources.
  • Using Assessment to Improve Physical Education Instruction

    Student assessment provides accountability for standards-based learning and is a key component of the education process in all subject areas, including physical education. PE teachers and supervisors will first learn how student assessment aligns with state physical education standards and gravel level expectations. After a deep dive into proper teaching instruction, teachers will learn about different types of assessments and the three domains of learning at all grade levels. In this interactive workshop, teachers will have the opportunity to practice teaching strategies, lesson planning, assessment planning, and unit planning. The workshop will also address data management and technology for tracking student progress.

    After the training, participants will be able to:

    • Explain the purpose of student assessment and its relationship to instruction and student learning.
    • Describe different types of assessments.
    • Plan for assessment in lesson plans and unit plans.
    • Use resources for assessment and data management.
  • Louisiana Physical Education Content Standards

    In 2017, the Louisiana Department of Education adopted and published new Louisiana K-12 physical education content standards. In this workshop, PE teachers and supervisors will first take a close look at the new standards and practice incorporating them into everyday lesson planning. After strengthening their lesson planning skills, teachers will then shift their focus to best practices for teaching instruction at all grade levels. The workshop will address the Sport Model Approach, Play-Teach-Play methods, transitions, classroom management strategies, and more.

    After the training, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the state physical education content standards and the goal of physical education.
    • Create lesson plans that align with state standards and grade level expectations.
    • Apply best practices for effective teaching instruction.

Physical Activity

  • Engaging Students in an Active Classroom

    Enhance and activate the learning process for students! Research shows that classroom-based physically active lesson interventions improve educational outcomes in math and reading. In this training, participants will discuss how physical activity affects the brain, academic performance, and classroom behavior. After learning how to integrate physical activity within academic instruction, participants will then identify opportunities to link physical activity to core content in their own classroom for an immediate impact. This in-person training was developed for classroom teachers.

    After the training, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the benefits of physical activity on students’ academic performance, behavior, readiness to learn, and physical and mental health.
    • Identify opportunities for linking physical activity to core content within their specific subject matter.
    • Select age- and classroom-appropriate activities and prepare or revise lesson plans that include physical activities linked to core content.
    • Demonstrate how to guide students through physical activities and how to modify activities to include students of all abilities.
  • Recess in Schools: Planning for Success

    Is your school reaching its recess potential? Recess—a regularly scheduled period in the school day—allows students to be physically active and engage with their peers in activities of their choice. Research shows that providing recess is an effective way for schools to increase student physical activity and improve academic achievement. To get the most benefit, schools need to plan for how recess will be structured, supervised, facilitated, and supported.

    During this workshop, school administrators and school wellness committees will first learn about the benefits of recess and review the national guidance for recess in schools. Then, participants will learn strategies for encouraging active play and physical activity for students of all ages and abilities during recess. Using templates and resources, participants will get hands-on practice developing a written recess plan for their school that accounts for safety, inclusion, staff professional development, collaboration, and family and community support.

    After the training, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the benefits of recess on academic achievement.
    • Assess their current practices for providing recess and identify strategies that can be implemented in their school.
    • Prepare a written recess plan for providing recess for students of all ages and abilities.
  • Framework for Boosting School Physical Activity

    A Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) can increase physical activity opportunities before, during and after school. This workshop lays the foundation for schools to intentionally plan more physical activity opportunities for students during their entire time on campus. Participants will learn about the essential components of a CSPAP and a step-by-step process for establishing one in their school or school district. This in-person training was developed for school administrators and school wellness committees, or district administrators, district health and wellness coordinators, and district health advisory councils.

    After the training, participants will be able to:

    • Define the components of a CSPAP.
    • Describe the process for developing, implementing and evaluating a CSPAP.
    • Identify strategies for engaging school staff to develop, implement and evaluate a CSPAP in your school or school district.

Nutrition

  • Nudging Healthier Choices

    School nutrition professionals will first gain a foundational knowledge of Child Nutrition Program (CNP) requirements for school meals and the significance of school meals as it relates to students’ overall diet quality and health. Then, participants will learn marketing and merchandizing techniques that will help make healthy choices more appealing to students. Finally, participants will develop skills to engage students and increase acceptance of healthier foods. This workshop will cater to a variety of learning styles and include visuals, hands-on demonstrations, and verbal discussion.

    After the training, participants will be able to:

    • Define the basic Child Nutrition Program (CNP) requirements for school meals and snacks.
    • Demonstrate how to conduct a taste test and collect student feedback.
    • Use marketing and merchandising techniques to promote healthier food and beverage choices.
    • Communicate the nutritional value of different foods.
  • Smart Snacks: A Guide to Implementation

    Through school stores, vending machines, and other venues, most students have the opportunity to purchase snacks at school throughout the day. It is incumbent upon schools to support students in making healthy choices, and ensure the snacks accessible to students while on campus are nutritious. Smart Snacks in School refers to the national nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold during the school day.

    In this workshop, school administrators and school wellness committees will first learn about the nutrition standards and the school venues that are affected by the standards. Then, participants will practice using free tools and resources available to check common snack foods for Smart Snacks in School compliance. After creating a return-to-school plan for replacing junk foods with healthy options in their snack venues, participants will learn simple strategies for supporting student and staff health that go beyond the minimum requirements to more effectively foster a culture of health in their school community.

    After the training, participants will be able to:

    • Identify the school venues that must meet Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.
    • Use available tools and resources to determine whether or not a food or beverage meets Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.
    • Replace less healthy foods and beverages for sale during the school day with options that meet Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.
    • Apply Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards to a variety of school wellness initiatives to support student and staff health.

Well-Being

  • Building Partnerships Through Social-Emotional Learning

    Research shows that when schools provide social and emotional learning (SEL) opportunities for students, student outcomes improve. SEL is linked to an increase is academic performance when core content teachers integrate SEL competencies in activities.

    During this workshop, teachers will first learn about the effects of SEL on student learning and classroom behavior. After exploring a variety of classroom activities that support SEL competencies and diverse learning styles, teachers will practice planning and teaching a lesson in their own subject matter with SEL-supporting activities. After completing the workshop, participants will be able to incorporate SEL-supporting activities linked to core content into lesson plans.

    After the training, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the effects of SEL on student outcomes and the five core social and emotional competencies.
    • Identify classroom-based activities that support SEL.
    • Design and teach lesson plans with SEL-supporting activities linked to core content.

Infrastructure for District and School Health

  • School Staff as Healthy Role Models

    Any adult working in school buildings can influence students’ decision-making for better or worse. With students spending, on average, six hours per day learning in school, teachers, administrators and support staff become like actors on a stage—modeling various behaviors for an audience full of students.

    In this workshop, participants will explore the ways they consciously and unconsciously teach students how to make healthy choices. After learning what experts recommend, participants will have a chance to reflect on their own settings and identify practical changes they can make to establish celebration and reward systems in their school or classroom that encourage students to practice healthy behaviors.

    After the training, participants will be able to:

    • Describe best practices for modeling healthy behaviors for students.
    • Reflect on the ways they are modeling unhealthy and healthy behaviors throughout the school day.
    • Develop or modify classroom practices to reinforce health-promoting behaviors in students.
  • Wellness Policy: The Cornerstone of School Health

    A local school wellness policy is a written document that guides a school district’s efforts to create school environments supportive of student and staff health and well-being. All educational agencies participating in federal Child Nutrition Programs, including the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, are required to develop and implement a wellness policy.

    In this workshop, participants will learn how to build or refresh an effective wellness policy that supports a culture of health within the school community. Participants will receive tools and resources to facilitate policy updates with their District Health Advisory Council. This in-person training was developed for district administrators, district health and wellness coordinators, and district health advisory councils.

    After the training, participants will be able to:

    • Update their local school wellness policy to meet national standards.
    • Enhance their local school wellness policy with best practices for a stronger, more comprehensive policy.
    • Communicate with school leaders, faculty, staff, students, families, and the community to gain support of the local school wellness policy.
  • Improving the School Health Environment Through Assessment and Action Planning

    Creating a healthier school environment can be daunting, and sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. The truth is, this journey looks different for every school, because every school has its own unique needs, challenges, student body, and staff. Using evidence-based assessments, schools can get a clear picture of how they are supporting student and staff health. From this starting point, schools can then work with their wellness committee members to create a school health improvement plan that will support their specific goals.

    In this workshop, participants will learn about assessment tools and resources and practice using them. After completing the workshop, participants will be able to return to their school and facilitate the assessment and planning process with their school wellness committee. This in-person training was developed for school administrators and school wellness committee members.

    After the training, participants will be able to:

    • Assess current school health policies and practices.
    • Identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement.
    • Engage members of their school community to create a school health improvement plan.

Request a Training!

Well-Ahead will work with you and the Healthy Schools Training Krewe to plan a professional development experience for your school or district.


In the 2020-2021 school year:

  • 584 individuals participated in training from Louisiana Healthy Schools and the Healthy Schools Training Krewe.
  • 61% of training attendees work at the school level.
  • 23% of training attendees work at the district level.
  • 93% of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they acquired the intended skills from the training.
  • 93% of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they could apply the skills gained to support a healthy school environment in their school or community.

Partners


Resources

  • The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) provides education, research and resources to promote excellence in federally funded child nutrition programs. The ICN partners with experts in the field of child nutrition to deliver training and develop new resources for professionals working in school nutrition and child care settings.
  • EatMoveGrow (EMG) uses a proven rural model to integrate health education in every part of school life. EMG provides training and resources to increase student physical activity throughout the school day, nutrition enhancement programs, classroom education, tools to support social emotional learning programs and oral health education.
  • Online Physical Education Network (OPEN) improves the effectiveness of physical education and helps teachers help their students by making rigorous, outcomes-based curriculum tools accessible for every physical education teacher. OPEN National Trainers provide face-to-face professional development workshops for physical education teachers.
  • The School of Kinesiology at University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) prepares undergraduate students to become effective K-12 health and physical education teachers in Louisiana. ULL can provide for information, resources or professional development services regarding standards-based, best practices in the fields of health, physical education, Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program planning or general wellness of students.
  • LSU AgCenter can help schools build healthier communities by providing both youth and adult nutrition lessons, healthy community coalition support and physical activity events.
  • The Rapides Foundation offers the Healthy Behaviors Initiative School District Partnership Grant to public and non-public school districts in The Rapides Foundation Service Area. The Healthy Behaviors School District Partnership Grant seeks to prevent and reduce tobacco use, substance and alcohol abuse, and overweight/obesity by focusing on implementation of CDC’s Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community (WSCC) model and required policy (such as a District/School Wellness policy).