PE Central's Best Practices Program

One of the ways we learn about successful teaching is through the dissemination of best practices--outstanding things teachers and schools do to motivate youngsters, gain support for their programs, and generally enhance the enjoyment and effectiveness of learning. Up to now there has been no way for interested individuals to learn about the Best Practices in K-12 Physical Education. PE Central (www.pecentral.org), the premier Web site for physical educators, is filling that void with our Best Practices Program. Examples of such practices might include: creative and unique curriculum units, family fitness nights, open house programs, after school programs, field trips and Internet projects. Best Practices on PE Central provides interested educators and parents ways to discover innovative practices in physical education and also provide recognition for those creative teachers who develop the Best Practices.

Professionals who are interested in submitting a Best Practice idea may do so by filling out an online submission form. An editorial board will then review the submitted idea. If the board accepts the idea it will be posted in the Best Practice Showcase Room. Once the idea is posted, it has the possibility of being upgraded to a Blue Ribbon Best Practice.

Physical educators who attest to the effectiveness of a Best Practice by voting for it. When a Best Practice receives five votes, it is awarded Blue Ribbon Status. In addition to being further recognized on the PE Central site, the contributor receives a blue ribbon banner on the top of their practice.

Best Practices made its debut on September 1, 1998 and is yet another way PE Central hopes to enhance and recognize quality K-12 physical education programs.