Thursday, October 30, 2008

What? You Have Hit Some Snags in Implementation?

Don't worry -- this happens to every PEP program that has been implemented since the beginning of the program. Regardless of your level of planning, something is bound to come up that will delay the rollout of your program. There are several different challenges that may arise. How long they delay you depends on your attitude and ability to work through challenges. Here are some of the more common delays that we have encountered in our exeprience of working with school districts across the country.
  • Curriculum -- The more successful PEP programs will implement or work with a well established PE curriculum. There are several to choose from, but the best PE curriculums will be research-based. If you have not selected a specific curriculum to work from, examine your Project Goals and search for a curriculum that will meet those needs. If you are totally lost, email me and I will provide you with information on several programs and will guide you through the proccess.

  • Equipment -- If you do not know what type of curriculum you will be using, stop right here. Do not order curriculum before you know what type of equipment the curriculum requires and will support. Work with a company that will support their equipment after the sale via warranties. Don't be afraid to ask for a discount.

  • Staff Development -- Meet with your PE instructors often. Outside of the professional development sessions for your curriculum, talk with your personnel about implementation and involve them in the rollout if you have not done so yet. Make sure you solicit their input and more importantly, USE IT!

  • Evaluation -- If there were four pillars of a successful PEP grant, the evaluation would be the fourth pillar. Work with an outside partner on your evaluation. This component will take the majority of your time. Review your Project Objectives and meet with potential evaluators. Clearly outline your expectations and when you decide who to use, sign a contract with specific measures and deadlines. I find that most projects can be evaluated for under $25,000.00 per year. If you need suggestions in this area, email me and I will put you in contact with some of the better candidates.

Without fail, every year I see districts that for whatever reason are unable to implement the program that they proposed as part of their PEP grant package and they need to change direction. While the ethics of this can be debated ad nauseum, it is reality. Contact me if you would like some help finding a direction and hitting the ground running.