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2023 Active Learning Grant Pre-kindergarten through Grade 2 Request for Proposals. 

The intent of the Active Learning Grant is to provide funding to school divisions to encourage and implement active learning for students in pre-kindergarten through Grade 2 in various settings (in class, remote, hybrid). The funds may be used to support teachers through the creation of lessons, professional development, and/or the purchase of a platform featuring on-demand activities that integrate mathematics and English standards of learning content into movement-rich activities that can be used at school, and at home and on all devices. Instructional strategies should be grounded in research-based practices for grades K-2 mathematics learning and fully aligned to the Virginia Mathematics Standards of Learning while addressing Virginia’s Early Learning and Developmental Standards (ELDS) Birth-Five Learning Guidelines. Mathematics instruction should build on the natural curiosity of young learners through opportunities to explore the concepts of number, pattern, measurement, shape, space, and classification through real-world context that involves the use of hands-on manipulatives and active learning with a focus on the development of conceptual understanding, procedural knowledge, and mathematical application.  Instructional strategies for grades K-2 literacy learning should be based on scientific reading research, grounded in evidence-based practices that support the development of early literacy skills, and align to both the Virginia Literacy Act and the Virginia English Standards of Learning while addressing Virginia’s Early Learning and Developmental Standards (ELDS) Birth-Five Learning Guidelines.  Consistent with the Virginia Literacy Act, essential foundational literacy instruction follows a scope and sequence and focuses on literacy development, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Instruction must be explicit, systematic, incorporate continuous practice and include but not limited to phoneme-grapheme correspondence, spelling, blending and reading words, and reading controlled (decodable) and uncontrolled (grade-level), simplistic pieces of text, utilizing guidance and support as needed. School divisions may either apply as an individual division or be part of one regional grant and proposals must clearly describe plans for active learning represented in one of the two options provided in the Request for Proposal. Applications will be due no later than 4 p.m. on September 21, 2023

Questions about the active learning grant request for proposals should be directed to Vanessa.Wigand@doe.virginia.gov.

2022 Physical Education Standards of Learning

On January 17, 2022, the Virginia Board of Education approved and adopted the proposed revisions to the 2015 Physical Education Standards of Learning. The 2022 Physical Education Standards of Learning were developed through numerous phases of meetings convened with Virginia educators, college professors, and other passionate stakeholders. The proposed standards reflect a comprehensive review of the standards, expertise of diverse constituents, include edits to enhance clarity, specificity, rigor, alignment of skills and content, and reflect current academic research and practice. The updated standards support a planned sequential K-12 standards-based program of study designed to develop motor skills, knowledge, and behaviors of healthy active living, physical fitness, sportsmanship, and self-efficacy to achieve the goals of becoming knowledgeable and skillful movers who value and adopt a physically active, healthy lifestyle and understand the science behind physical movement.

Questions about the newly adopted standards should be directed to Vanessa.Wigand@doe.virginia.gov.


Overview

Physical education provides students with the knowledge, processes, and skills to become physically educated, physically fit and responsible in their physical activity choices and behaviors for a lifetime. Virginia's standards for physical education are grouped into five strands: skilled movement, movement principles and concepts, personal fitness, responsible behaviors and physically active lifestyle. The standards in each strand are sequenced to progress in complexity from grade level to grade level.

Standards of Learning

Standards of Learning Documents for Physical Education – Adopted 2022
 Course  Standards of Learning  Curriculum Framework
All Physical Education Word Word
Kindergarten Word Word
Grade 1 Word  Word 
Grade 2 Word  Word 
Grade 3 Word  Word 
Grade 4 Word  Word 
Grade 5 Word  Word 
Grade 6  Word  Word 
Grade 7  Word  Word 
Grade 8 Word  Word 
Grade 9
Word  Word 
Grade 10  Word  Word 
Grade 11-12 (Elective) Word  Word 
Personal Fitness I/II (Elective) Word  Word 
Fitness Instructor (Elective) Word  Word 
Standards of Learning Documents for Physical Education – Adopted 2015
 Course  Standards of Learning  Curriculum Framework
All Physical Education Word / PDF N/A
Kindergarten Word  Word 
Grade 1 Word  Word 
Grade 2 Word  Word 
Grade 3 Word  Word 
Grade 4 Word  Word 
Grade 5 Word  Word 
Grade 6 Word  Word 
Grade 7 Word  Word 
Grade 8 Word  Word 
Grade 9  Word  Word 
Grade 10  Word  Word 
Fitness Instructor  Word  Word 
Fitness Planning Word  Word

Instructional Resources

Walk Smart, Virginia!

Walk Smart, Virginia! was created to involve schools, families and communities in helping young Virginians make smarter activity choices for a healthier future and to get students to move more and sit less in their daily routines.

Outside Resources

Professional Organizations