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Let's Move! Active Kansas Schools (LMAKS)

Let’s Move! Active Kansas Schools (LMAKS) is an initiative designed to provide training for Kansas physical education teachers to become Physical Activity Leaders (PALs) for their schools. In addition, LMAKS is offering school-wide in-services and regional Team Training Workshops. More information on these opportunities can be found below. The overarching goal is to ensure that every school delivers a comprehensive school physical activity program with quality physical education as the foundation so that youth will develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime. 

Let's Move Active Kansas Schools Training Opportunity!

Summer 2016 Physical Activity Leader (PAL) Trainings

We will be offering two Let's Move Active Kansas Schools PAL trainings this summer:

• July 26 in Topeka at Washburn University
• July 28 in Wichita at the Farha Center of the South Wichita YMCA

If you are interested, please complete the registration form and return it to Rhonda Holt as identified at the bottom of the form.

2016 LMAKS PAL Training Registration Form

Click here for more information on the trainings.

What is Let’s Move! Active Kansas Schools?

  • This initiative, funded by the Kansas Health Foundation, has provided training for approximately 290 physical educators across Kansas schools to become Physical Activity Leaders. College and University faculty who prepare pre-service teachers are also participating in LMAKS. In addition, LMAKS is offering school-wide in-services and regional Team Training Workshops.
  • LMAKS is a collaborative effort between KSDE, the Kansas Health Foundation, and KAHPERD. This collaboration received a Presidential Citation at the SHAPE America Natinoal Convention in Spring 2015 at Seattle, WA for "Outstanding support and contributions to SHAPE America.". 
  • LMAKS enlists a group of Kansas physical educators who are national-level trained LMAKS trainers to provide the various PAL trainings, In-Services, and Team Training Workshops. All these are focused on developing comprehensive school physical activity programs (CSPAP).
  • LMAKS trainers and grant staff have been active nationally, to promote the tremendous strides Kansas is taking to create healthier, more active school environments, with quality physical education at the core.
  • LMAKS-trained university faculty are exploring feasible and realistic ways to incorporate the concepts of CSPAP into physical education teacher preparation programs. 

What are the PAL trainings?

PAL (Physical Activity Leader) trainings are held each summer and consist of the following:
  • Full-day regional trainings of physical educators, complete with travel reimbursement.
  • Educational resources and equipment to assist them with incorporating physical activity into the school day - value of $300+.
  • A Let's Move in School banner, a LMAKS polo, a one-year membership to SHAPE America & KAHPERD, and registration for the annual KAHPERD Convention..
  • Year-long technical assistance from LMAKS training cadre.

What are the LMAKS In-Services?

  • LMAKS In-Services are designed for all-school in-services to expose all school staff to LMAKS elements with a focus on increasing student physical activity.
  • The In-Services can vary in length, but fit ideally into half-day in-services.
  • Two LMAKS trainers provide the in-service and focus on incorporating brain breaks, making recess active, and increasing family and community involvement..
  • Schools receive approximately $200 worth of resources and equipment to encourage student physical activity.
  • There is no cost to the school for the LMAKS In-Service.

What are the LMAKS Team Training Workshops?

  • LMAKS Team Training Workshops are designed for teams of three (PE teacher, Principal, Classroom Teacher) to attend an all-day regional training focused on the development of action plans to implement in their schools to increase student physical activity.
  • The Team Training Workshops are specifically designed to assure buy-in by building administration and other staff so that there is a true "team" working in the school to increase student physical activity.
  • Three LMAKS trainers provide the trainings and focus on incorporating brain breaks, making recess active, and increasing family and community involvement..
  • Schools receive approximately $200 worth of resources and equipment to encourage student physical activity in addition to stipends of $300 to help offset costs of travel and substitute pay..
  • There is no cost to the school for the LMAKS In-Service.

Why is a project like Let’s Move! Active Kansas Schools needed?

  • All children and youth should participate in at least 60 minutes of accumulated physical activity on all or most days of the week. With societal and technological changes, many children do not reach this recommended threshold of physical activity on a regular basis.
  • The school day is a golden opportunity to help implement multiple periods of activity.
  • In addition to health benefits, emerging research suggests physical activity can improve academic performance.

Three Key Messages:

  • LMAKS can be incorporated to facilitate youth activity before, during, and after school to help children reach the 60 minutes of recommended physical activity each day. Physical activity has been demonstrated to improve health and academic performance.
  • The Let's Move! initiative brings together national education leaders to redefine school-based physical activity and offer new leadership opportunities for physical education teachers.
  • LMAKS is equipping Kansas physical education teachers, administrators, school boards, and parents with tools to create an active learning environment. 

How can I be a part of LMAKS?

If you are interested in any of the LMAKS offerings (PAL Trainings, In-Services, Team Training Workshops) please contact either:

LMAKS project personnel:

  • Project Director: Rhonda Holt
  • HKS Project Oversight: Mark Thompson and Kelly Wayner, KSDE

For more information on or to express interest in participating in LMIKS, contact Mark Thompson at mathompson@ksde.org or 785-296-1473 or Kelly Wayner at kwayner@ksde.org or 785-296-5033.

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