What does an Active Learning Specialist do?
“The Active Learning Specialist course provides insight into how best to use physical activity in school to help kids learn and move more, as well as bridge the gap between public health and education.”
Carrie Steindorff, Public Health Educator
Rockland County Department of Health, New York
Active Learning Specialists tailor interventions to a specific learning need or group of students. The Active Learning Specialist forms a group of stakeholders to assist with the development, implementation, and evaluation of the intervention (Active Learning Plan).
The Active Learning Specialist works collaboratively with an Active Learning Team to:
- Define the roles of each person on the team
- Assign responsibilities and milestones
- Identify the needs to be addressed by active learning intervention
- Demonstrate how the Active Learning Plan will enhance student engagement
- Provide training to members of the Team to understand research and best practices
- Communicate internally to stakeholders and externally to the community
- Continuously record improvements (outcomes); allow for plan adjustments
Active Learning Specialists are invited to join our online community of best practice professionals to share ideas and learn from each other. Fizika manages two online communities for Active Learning Specialists – on Facebook and on LinkedIn.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a demonstration of the course.
Subject Matter Experts who instruct the Active Learning Course:
- David Genova – Former Pottstown (PA) Wellness Coordinator
David Genova has been named a national Healthy School Hero Award winner by Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) for his work to fight childhood obesity and improve children’s health and readiness to learn.
As wellness coordinator, David oversaw wellness initiatives for all six schools within the Pottstown district, successfully coordinating a Kids in the Kitchen cooking program for elementary school students and their parents/guardians, walking classrooms to increase daily physical activity for middle schoolers, and Iron Masters to teach culinary and healthy eating habits for high school students. Through David’s efforts, Pottstown has received AFHK physical activity grants to support action-based learning in PE class and received grants for Elizabeth B. Barth Elementary and Lincoln Elementary, funded by CSX Corporation, for the 2015-2016 school year.
David graduated from Slippery Rock University where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Health Science with a concentration in Public Health and a minor in Psychology. David is a personal trainer, certified by American Council on Exercise as a Health Coach and certified Sports Performance Coach through Parisi Speed School. Inspired by the book SPARK by Dr. John Ratey, David worked to establish Pottstown as a district that puts evidence-based research into practical applications, helping the students to be better learners through movement.
“In Pottstown, we made physical fitness and its benefits to academic performance a priority to the school day. The district is heavily committed to active learning. Pottstown’s school district encourages active learning, promotes health awareness and teaches individual responsibility for a healthy lifestyle,” David Genova, Subject Matter Expert, Active Learning Specialist Course.
- Kathy Dean – Health and Wellness Specialist – Summit School, Arizona
Kathy works as a Health and Wellness Specialist at Summit School of Ahwatukee, and as a SilverSneakers Instructor at Healthways. Her wellness programs at Summit School have earned international recognition.
Kathy is a past Board Member of Arizona Health and Physical Education and previously worked as a Wellness Specialist at Carmel Clay Schools and as a Wellness Consultant at Indiana State University. Educated at Indiana State University, Kathy is a highly motivated and energetic physical education instructor, wellness coordinator, and personal trainer with a successful track record in designing and implementing innovative and challenging curriculums and lesson plans. Recognized for extensive knowledge and skills in biomechanics, physical fitness, styles of teaching and behavior modification. Ability to offer a variety of teaching styles in order to meet the needs of all age groups, preschool through older adults. Great interest in the health and wellness of the family. Current teaching certificates for the states of Arizona, K-8, and Indiana, K through 12. 3 years of experience developing and implementing an athletic program, grades 5-8. Kathy earned her Active Learning Specialist Certificate in 2014.
- Dr. Lauren Finn – Community Health Educator, Lancaster, PA
Lauren earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park. Over the past 15 years, she has acquired direct experience in education at the high school and college levels, as well as through research and consulting. Lauren has a passion for wellness. She is a National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) certified personal trainer, as well as a certified running coach. A few years ago she merged her academic and fitness interests to become a Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and an Active Learning Specialist through Fizika Group, LLC and Harrisburg University. Lauren lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. She is an avid runner and baker; this exemplifies her belief in the importance of finding balance in all aspects of life.