By Sam Elliott
While Zionsville Community Schools is still unable to employ full-time certified physical education teachers at its elementary buildings, the school board unanimously approved a new plan to streamline and improve the physical education curriculum taught by classroom teachers during its August meeting.
Because of budget cuts, elementary classroom teachers have also been tasked with teaching physical education since 2011.
“They did that using kind of a combination of materials that had been left behind by the physical education teachers who departed and things they could procure online and so forth,” chief academic officer Jenny Froehle said. “We just thought that it was time that we had a very consistent elementary physical education set of lessons that could be delivered essentially by people who are not licensed physical education teachers.”
Through grant funds, the district contracted certified physical education teacher and ZCS parent Laurie Wanser — who had already been volunteering with the elementary physical education classes — to establish consistent and thorough lesson plans for its teachers.
“She ended up writing a very complete set of lessons… so that we have a lesson per week for all of our students grades K through four,” Froehle said.
Wanser’s curriculum includes tips on lessons, assessments, organization and equipment. Zionsville’s elementary teachers will be equipped with the new curriculum as they enter the school year.