Three Reasons you Need to Become a Physical Activity Leader (PAL)
The Physical Activity Leader (PAL) Learning System is the professional development resource within Let’s Move! Active Schools, which is a comprehensive program that empowers school champions (Physical Education teachers, classroom teachers, principals, administrators, and parents) to create active environments that enable all students to get moving 60 minutes a day and reach their full potential.
Three Reasons You Need to Be a Physical Activity Leader (PAL)
1. Professional development at NO COST. Want to be a more powerful advocate for physical activity in your school environment? Do you have great ideas to get your students moving but lack the structure to enact change? Is professional development funding hard to come by? If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, then PAL training is for you. The PAL Learning System develops and coaches individuals who will champion an effort in their local schools to ensure 60 minutes a day of physical activity for all students. PALs attend a one-day, in-person training and then receive continuous support as they work to engage and enthuse their school communities about the value of physical activity. To help you stay on track, the PAL Learning System even suggests key milestones to demonstrate your successes and commitment.
2. A vibrant online learning community. After PALs complete the in-person workshop, they will unlock access to a collaborative online community of other PALs. All members of the community will not only join in sharing knowledge, success stories, discussion boards and innovative problem-solving approaches, but they will also enjoy 24/7 access to experienced leaders and PAL trainers. The PAL learning community currently connects over 60 PAL trainers and 450 PALs (and growing).
3. Be part of something bigger. Our goal is to prepare you to be the best possible advocate for physical activity in schools. With participation in this action-focused training, PALs are primed and ready to be change catalysts in their school communities. This PAL Learning System is offered as part of the Let’s Move! Active Schools initiative — a comprehensive program that empowers school champions to incorporate at least 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after each school day. Ultimately, PALs are at the forefront of getting our nation’s kids moving again.
Interested in bringing a PAL training to your area? Contact PAL@shapeamerica.org today.