The number of members on your team will vary, based on staffing, resources, and roles. However, a group effort is very important to capture a diversity of opinions and experience. Potential members include:
Teachers and staff, including physical education teachers and specialists, recess supervisors, and classroom teachers
Principals and school administrators
Parents, parent groups, or parent-teacher organizations
Community members and leaders
Why should implementation be a team effort?
Strong support from school administration and staff involvement are important to the success of a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program. A team effort creates a culture of physical activity that is integrated throughout the school environment. Classroom teachers and school staff can serve as positive role models while supporting student participation in physical activity.
What are characteristics of good Physical Activity Leaders?
The Physical Activity Leader (PAL) should have knowledge related to:
Behavior change, goal setting, and motivation
Physical activity, health, and youth
The role of CSPAP and public health
PALs should also have the ability to:
Plan and implement efficient lessons.
Coordinate, organize, and plan physical activity events.
Social market, politick, and promote the program.
Evaluate programmatic progress.
Why is the physical education teacher most qualified for the position of PAL?
The physical education teacher is ideally suited to lead the development and implementation of the program because this educator understands the school environment, parents, and the community and can address issues of physical inactivity during the school day.