ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : SI-99-107

Date Created : 04/14/1999


Co-op Directors
Secondary Principals

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   School Improvement and Instructional Support - Dr. Kevin Penix
Health Education Curricula Training

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Betty Hubbard

Phone Number:


The Arkansas Department of Education, Office of Comprehensive School Health, is pleased to announce the upcoming teacher training workshop for curricula training in COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH FOR THE MIDDLE GRADES, REDUCING THE RISK and CHOOSING HEALTH FOR HIGH SCHOOL. This training will be available to 14 middle/junior high teachers and 14 high school teachers. The training will be conducted at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway by the Department of Health Sciences on JULY 12-15, 1999. The workshop will be FREE to health teachers who agree to implement these curricula during the 1999-2000 school year. ALL MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED AT NO EXTRA COST.

The comprehensive curricula selected for this training will address the leading health problems of adolescents as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH FOR THE MIDDLE GRADES, CHOOSING HEALTH FOR HIGH SCHOOL and REDUCING THE RISK will target the behaviors that result in intentional and unintentional injuries: tobacco use; alcohol and drug use; sexual behaviors that result in STD/HIV infection and unintended pregnancies; poor dietary practices and physical inactivity.

REDUCING THE RISK is a theory-based comprehensive pregnancy/STD/HIV prevention curriculum. It is one of five programs identified by CDC as effective in reducing the behaviors that lead to teen pregnancy and STD infection.

The objectives of the workshop are to: train teachers in comprehensive health education curricula; provide accurate and up-to-date information about health problems that affect adolescents; and prepare teachers to work within their school districts to implement comprehensive health education instruction.

Since funding provides for the training of ONLY 28 teachers, it is important that teachers sign up as soon as possible. TO RECEIVE AN APPLICATION OR FOR FURTHER INFORMATION about this teacher training workshop, please contact BETTY M. HUBBARD, PROJECT COORDINATOR, P.O. BOX 5016-UCA, CONWAY, AR 72035, or call 501-450-3194 or fax 501-450-5515.


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