Events and Celebrations
In preparation for the new school year, our Athlos academic team spent time in our fully implementing schools, as well as many of our partnering schools, offering professional development, training, and support to educators, school leaders, coaches, and staff. Over the course of the past three months, the academic team spent approximately 250 hours on-site at schools and approximately 50 hours virtually with schools to make sure they were ready for the start of school. Here’s a quick glimpse of some of our professional development highlights this quarter.
Athlos Academy of Utah August Training – August 17-19, 2016
The Athlos Academies team spent three full days with the Athlos Academy of Utah educators helping them become more familiar with the model and expectations in regards to implementation. The team focused on modeling practices, offering a wide variety of protocols, huddle ideas, movement breaks, and positive presence.
Feedback from participants:
- “After this PD week I know that I have a lot of work ahead of me. However, I also know how supported I am and how to find resources to help accomplish my goals.”
- “You guys are awesome! This philosophy of teaching and educating young minds is powerful. I have never been this excited to start teaching in any year prior to this one. My students are very blessed to have this school in their lives.”
St. Cloud August Training – August 29-31, 2016
The Athlos Academies team spent three full days with Athlos Academy of St. Cloud educators helping them become more familiar with the model and expectations in regards to implementation. The team focused on modeling practices, offering a wide variety of protocols, huddle ideas, movement breaks, and positive presence.
Feedback from participants:
- “I am so happy I was able to meet you all and what you were able to pack into three short days. I feel like much of this could be taught for months, but you included what is believed to be the most valuable.”
- “Thank you for your time and coming out to train us! I feel on board with the Athlos mentality and am ready to begin the school year.”
A look inside Healthy Body professional development
Each month Athlos Healthy Body professional development targets one of the 12 Healthy Body strategies that will lead to effective implementation. This month the Healthy Body team presented lead athletic performance coaches with a few ideas to consider.
The virtues of a master teacher were discussed. The thoughts presented here were tied directly to Athlos’ instructional strategy of creating a culture of growth and positivity at all Athlos campuses. Whether Athlos home court team was meeting with a group in Texas, Utah, or Minnesota, coaches found the quest of becoming a master teacher electrifying.
“Coaches shared out their favorite thoughts from the resources provided,” Chandler Herdt, director of Healthy Body, said. “Coach Rett in Dallas expressed his appreciation for an idea shared in The Traits of a Master Teacher that suggests great teachers don’t expect their students to make vast progress over night, they look for gradual improvements and suggest minor tweaks, they encourage their students to take one day at a time, to draft and re-draft, to slowly and incrementally get better.”
This is especially applicable to the Athlos model and our goal of developing physical literacy. At Athos we realize that adhering to a long term athletic development approach is a marathon and not a sprint, and student skill acquisition needs to be nurtured day to day, week to week, and even year to year.