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Feb. 3, 2023

Focusing on ME to Impact WE!

In the past week, I heard two different experts speak about the concept of “me” and “we.” While both speakers approached it from different perspectives and expertise, they each used the “me-we” concept to describe the importance of focusing on ourselves as a means to impact others. The “me” includes our individual mindsets, values, priorities, practices, behaviors, understanding, skills, and purpose. The “we” represents how we collectively work together. To impact the “we,” we have to start with “me.”

To increase the impact, we have on our students and their learning, it is critical that we focus on “me.” Take time to reflect on whether mindsets, practices, and expectations are designed to build the “we” by reflecting on the following questions:

  • Do I have high expectations for all learners? Students will reach the expectations we set for them. Don’t be afraid to set the bar high, and to empower students to meet and set goals to meet high expectations.
  • Do I see students’ assets before I see their limitations? Approaching education with an asset-based lens empowers students to utilize their strengths to overcome challenges.
  • Do I allow students to learn in different ways? The more students do not align to classroom norms, the harder school can be. Avoid a one-size-fits-all model. Flexibility in both the learning environment and instruction is critical. 
  • Do I give them options and choices that enable their learning by addressing barriers? Give students choice in how they are exposed to new material, how they engage meaningfully with content, and how they show evidence of learning to overcome differences in language, ability, experience, interests, etc.
  • Do I empower students to regulate their behavior and learning? Expert learning is developed by strategically addressing the skills, mindsets, and behaviors of the five social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies.
  • Do students know I believe in them and am committed to their success? The top indicators of student success are that students know that a teacher 1) believes they can be successful and 2) acts as a true partner in learning.

Use your reflections (or student responses) to inform the way you structure the “me” to positively impact the “we.” The change you want to see in your classroom starts with you!

Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything I can do to support you, your site, or your district. 

Health and Physical Education Coordinator
San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)
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What You Need To Know About 2022-23 Physical Fitness Testing (PFT)

The California Department of Education (CDE) announced that PFT procedures and requirements for 2021-22 will remain in place for the 2022-23 school year, including:

  • PFT should only be administered during the testing window from Feb. 1 through May 31.
  • All students in grades 5, 7, and 9 will participate in physical fitness using the FITNESSGRAM assessments and their results should be recorded and used to inform students’ achievement of Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools. 
  • There will be no submission of student-level data. Participation information will be collected and reported on the School Accountability Report Card.
  • Information related to calculating a student’s body mass index (height, weight, gender, birthday, etc.) should not be collected.
  • Healthy Fitness Zones should not be used.
  • Students with disabilities are to be given as much of the test as their condition will permit. 
  • Please please email Paige Metz if you have any questions.

Please email Paige Metz if you have any questions.

Chargers Announce Next Round of Grant Funding

Looking for funding to make lasting change to your current programs? The Chargers Champions School Grant Program is hosting an informational meeting on Feb. 8 at 3:45 p.m. Register to attend at A link will be provided the morning of Feb. 8 to those who have registered. Don’t miss the opportunity to apply! 

Austin Olson Named 2023 California Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Austin Olson (Pacific Trails Middle School, San Dieguito Union High School District) will be recognized by the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) as the 2023 California Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year on March 10 at the CAHPERD State Conference. Please join me in congratulating Austin on this amazing accomplishment!

Hang out With Fellow Health and Physical Educators

Meet up with your health and physical education peers at the SDCOE Health and Physical Education Hangouts on the first Wednesday of every month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and receive the latest updates, resources, materials, and best practices in health and physical education. Use this Zoom Link to join each month. 

Health Education Framework Series Empowers Teachers to Develop Students’ Health Literacy

The SDCOE Health Education Framework Series, a combination of asynchronous and synchronous professional learning, is designed to help teachers implement skills-based instruction to build students’ health literacy. Content includes:

SDCOE is now offering the entire series in one day, on March 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click the following link for more information and to register for the SDCOE Spring HEF One-Day Professional Learning Event.

Supporting LGBTQ+ Students in Health and Physical Education

Guest facilitator a.t. Furuya from Transform Together will provide a three-day series to provide critical information and insight to health and physical educators to best support LGBTQ+ students. This online professional learning will provide instruction and take home material including:

  • Session 1 (March 13, 3:30 to 5 p.m.): Research, Terminology and Gender Identity
  • Session 2 (April 17, 3:30 to 5 p.m.): Policy and Curriculum
  • Session 3 (April 24, 3:30 to 5 p.m.): Case Studies and Best Practices

NOTE: These are new/updated dates. Click here for more information and to register. 

NEW! Standards-Based Health Education Lesson Planning

Join us as we navigate and strategize to intentionally build students’ knowledge and skills to increase their health literacy. On Feb. 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. participants will collaborate to understand the ins and outs of the California Health Education Standards-Based Instructional Design Template. Click the following link for more information and to register for SDCOE Standards Based Health Education Lesson Planning.

Don’t Miss the 2023 CAHPERD State Conference!

The CAHPERD State Conference is right around the corner! This year’s Creating Connections and Building Bridges conference offers a robust program specifically focused on issues and topics that are critical to current California health and physical education, including equity, social and emotional learning, Universal Design for Learning, physical literacy, assessment, student voice, ready to use activities, dance, self-defense, CPR, and much more. This year’s event offers a great opportunity to learn, connect with colleagues, and find inspiration. The conference is scheduled to take place March 9 to 11 in Santa Clara. Visit for more information and to register.

SHAPE America Is Back on the West Coast

The Society for Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) America National Convention is scheduled for March 28 to April 1 in Seattle. Join teachers, researchers, and leaders from throughout the country at this event designed to inform systems, culture, and practice to increase students’ health and physical literacy. SHAPE America has released a Justification Toolkit to explain the impact your attendance can have on your work and students. Visit for more information.

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If you have any questions or comments about Health and Physical Education Monthly Update, please contact Paige Metz.
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