Educator Resources

Below is a compilation of the most useful resources that were gathered over the past two years. The Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program looks at five different components to establish a school-wide program; Before and After School, Recess, Physical Education, Staff and Community Involvement. These resources are meant to be a starting place for school administrators, teachers or staff to begin to expand and enhance the physical activity opportunities at their school.

Fundamental Resources to Support Physical Activity in Schools

  1. Best Practices for Physical Activity – A document that outlines the best practices and standards for high-quality physical activity programs in schools.
  2. Active Kids Learn Better Infographic – A great infographic to support the increase of physical activity in schools.
  3. Designed to Move – A report on the importance of physical activity and practical steps to take to increase physical activity at school.
  4. Designed to Move – An infographic that summarizes the above report
  5. How to Prepare for Movement – A one-pager that provides easy steps for implementing brain breaks.
  6. Flexible Seating Expectations – Many schools are beginning to provide flexible seating options. This document provides several different options for student expectations regarding flexible seating.
  7. Best Practices for Classroom Brain Break Presentation – A presentation for administrators or instructional coaches to use for training on best practices for implementing brain breaks.
  8. Generic Presentation for the Importance of Physical Activity – A presentation for administrators or other school staff to understand the importance of physical activity and how to implement it into the school day.
  9. Association between Physical Activity and Academic Performance – A document that discusses the research and benefits between physical activity and academic performance.
  10. Comprehensive Physical Activity School Model – The purpose of this guide is to provide step-by-step guidance to schools and school districts to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school physical activity programs.
  11. The Role of Schools in Physical Activity Infographic – An infographic to understand what a school can do to increase physical activity.

Before and After School

  1. Community Partnership and Extended Learning – The Department of Extended Learning and Community Schools works with partners who are committed to providing programs and services to serve the diverse needs of our students. There are currently over 475 community partners who serve DPS students through programs during and outside of school.
  2. Community Partnership SystemThe Community Partnership System is a database with a compilation of the community providers in Denver who provide before and after school programming to DPS.


  1. Recess Before Lunch – This article provides resources on the importance of providing recess before lunch to improve behavior and food waste.
  2. Strategies for Recess in Schools – A document that provides guidance and strategies for a successful recess for all students.
  3. School Recess Planning – This document is a guide to putting strategies for recess into practice and helps schools develop a school recess plan.
  4. Recess Check Up – Recess Lab is an assessment for principals and/or teachers to explore how improvements on the playground can impact the entire day at your school.

Physical Education

  1. Arts and PE Dept. РThe Physical Education Curriculum Specialist provides learning opportunities, instructional support, and curriculum resources for teachers.  Through Physical Education, all students will receive quality programs from DPS as an integral foundation to achieve lifelong health, wellness, and academic success.

Staff and Community Wellness

  1. DPS Staff Wellness – The mission of the staff wellness team is to establish a workplace that encourages and supports a healthy lifestyle by integrating health promotion activities, environmental changes, and resources that help enhance the health and well-being of all DPS employees.

Miscellaneous Resources

  1. Not using physical activity for punishment – A resource to help schools develop policies to eliminate using physical activity as punishment.
  2. Safe Routes to Schools – The Colorado Safe Routes to School (SRTS) website explains the comprehensive approach to make school routes safe for children when walking and bicycling to school.