Webinar Discusses How to Win Funding For IHT Education Heart Rate Technology

An educator’s search for the funds to add new initiatives, including technology that links improved student fitness to academic performance, can seem never-ending.

Spend an hour with IHT on Wednesday, May 1 learning how teachers and administrators have found success securing funding for their programs. Learn from McAllen (Texas) ISD Coordinator for Health & PE Mario Reyna, IHT Regional Vice President Eric Larson, a former PE teacher and administrator in Denver (Colorado) and IHT Co-Founder and President Jen Ohlson. Read More

Heart Rate Monitors Motivate Students of All Fitness Levels to Work Toward Goals

Using the IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitors allows teachers to keep students of all fitness levels engaged in class.

Prior to analyzing student performance with heart rate monitors and IHT’s Spirit System assessment software, teachers could only make subjective assumptions about how hard each student worked during PE class. Students who appeared to be moving throughout class earned full credit while students who appeared to struggle often didn’t.

“The thing I have been so jazzed about is the sense of accomplishment that kids feel,” said Nancy Blake, a PE teacher at Goose Bay Elementary (Wasilla, Alaska). “Especially the kids who don’t always feel like they are the most successful ones in PE.” Read More

Teacher Creates Assessment to Correlate Physical Fitness, Social-Emotional Learning

PE teachers throughout Mitchell (S.D.) School District 17-2 also focus on the social and emotional well-being of their students.

Using an assessment created by Mitchell Middle School health and PE teacher Cheryl Miller, teachers track students’ behaviors and social skills as go through their class session. After each class, teachers enter the information into their IHT Spirit System.

“Every single class period, every day,” Miller said. “It takes me two minutes. We created a 10-point scale. The first column in the assessment is a scale from 1-10. Those students with no issues get scored with a 10.” Read More

PE Heart Rate Monitors

While Administrators Focus on ESSA Funding, Teachers Continue to Seek Other Sources

Teachers searching for funding to purchase technology to improve student wellness find success in a variety of ways.

The US Department of Education allocated more than $1 billion to programs supporting safe and healthy schools through the Every Student Succeeds Act for the 2018-19 school year. In local school districts, wellness and PE administrators work with their federal funding departments to request their portion of that funding.

While administrators seek out federal funding, teachers remain focused on discovering funding opportunities on a more local level. With its ability to teach students the lifelong health benefits of exercising at an elevated heart rate, the IHT Spirit System® qualifies for funding from organizations such as local health departments. Read More

ESSA Title IV

McAllen PE Administrator Finds Success Earning ESSA Title IV, Part A Funding

Fast thinking and teamwork helped McAllen ISD (Texas) Coordinator for Health and Physical Education Mario Reyna fund two purchases through his district’s Every Student Succeeds Act Title IV, Part A allocation.

For the 2018-19 school year, Reyna worked with McAllen’s State and Federal Programs office to secure nearly $50,000 to purchase the IHT Spirit System for each of the district’s middle school PE departments. In 2017-18, Reyna secured similar funding to add music-based fitness tools to every elementary, middle and high school campus in McAllen ISD. Read More