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    Seattle Public Schools Leads in Adapted Physical Education
    Posted on 05/02/2019
    Students and teachers in gym class

    Seattle Public Schools Leads in Adapted Physical Education

    Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is pleased to announce educator Toni Bader has been named 2019 National Teacher of the Year by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE).

    Bader, who has taught at SPS since 2001, was recognized as one of the National Adapted Physical Education Teachers of the Year. The award was presented during the national SHAPE America convention in Tampa, Florida, April 8-13. SHAPE presents just six different Teacher of the Year awards, in six different categories, at its annual meeting.

    A student and teacher work together at a PE activityBader's adapted physical education efforts at SPS have resulted in six schools offering “Partner PE,” which is a program that pairs students receiving special education services with their peers who don't receive services during PE class. The program provides opportunities for inclusion and community-building among all students.

    “Because of the work of Toni and our other great PE educators, Seattle Public Schools is becoming a model program for the rest of the country,” said SPS PreK-12 PE and Health Literacy Program Manager Lori S. Dunn. “Both Toni and Chellie are doing so much for our students, staff, and community.”

    This year, in an almost unprecedented occurrence, two SPS teachers were up for the national recognition: Bader and Chellie Lafayette, who teaches at Highland Park Elementary School. Lafayette was nominated as National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

    To achieve this highest level of recognition, an educator must be first be named local and then regional teacher of the year. After that, they’re nominated as national teacher of the year.

    Bader is currently working to expand the Adapted Physical Education program and the Partner PE program into more SPS schools. Three schools will tentatively add the programs for the 2019-20 school year. The Partner PE program was recently featured by Q13 Fox and King 5. Visit the King 5 website to read the story and watch the video segment.

    Bader also recently coordinated the successful "Promoting Participation: Physical Activity Fair" on March 23. Students, families, volunteers, and community partners met in the gym at Eckstein Middle School and visited activity stations with modified materials so that all students could engage and enjoy. Bader's work, and the work of her colleagues, is helping to change the landscape of adapted physical education in our schools and across the country.

    Read more about physical education curriculum at Seattle Public Schools.