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Educational Programs That Work - 1995

Every Child A Winner with Physical Education (ECAW)

Every Child A Winner with Physical Education (ECAW). A developmentally appropriate physical education program which improves fitness, motor skills, and contributes to improved self-esteem and academic success for all children regardless of physical or mental ability, grades 1-3.

Audience Originally approved by JDRP for students grades K-6, reapproved 1985 and 1991 by JDRP for grades 1-3. Components for grades 4-6 are still available and active.

Description The Every Child A Winner with Physical Education (ECAW) program uses the concepts of space awareness, body awareness, qualities of movement and relationships as the basis for child-designed games, child-designed gymnastics sequences, and child-designed dance. The discovery learning or indirect teaching method is used to encourage critical thinking, one of the National Goals for Education. Children are given movement tasks which can be solved individually or within a group. Cooperation and competition are handled developmentally through educational games, educational dance, and educational gymnastics. Children are encouraged to reach their personal potential and winning occurs when each child does his or her best. A variety of solutions successfully answer each task posed by the teacher so children will not feel pressured or become embarrassed in the ECAW program. Inclusion has been a major focus of the program since its inception. Teacher implementers rate the program has a highly successful answer in physical education to meet special needs.

Training is designed to help classroom teachers, special educators, and physical educators implement the program. Phase I Training includes an accountability model for program implementation, teaching techniques for ECAW lessons, and training in program and fitness evaluation. Phase II Training (Continuation) provides more in-depth training and assistance in upper grade implementation. The program should be implemented first in K-3, with a plan for expanding to K-6.

Evidence of Effectiveness Limited funds prevented a study of program effects on grades 4-6 in 1983. Therefore, JDRP reapproval covered only grades 1-3. However, the program has been successfully implemented in grades K-6 since 1974 in over 5,000 schools in 50 states, the Virgin Islands, and Canada. An evaluation (1983) involving a random sample of 3,800 students, pre- and posttesting using the Washington State Fitness Test, indicated significant gains (grades 1-3) in total fitness measures using a factor score composite. This same design was used to successfully recertify fitness in March, 1991.

Requirements Program conducted by certified teachers. Pupil-teacher ratio 30:1. Training essential. Facilities needed are a multipurpose room or indoor area large enough for participation, as well as outdoor space to conduct lessons. A list of equipment, resource books, and training materials needed are available from the program.

Costs Training costs consist of travel expenses plus trainer fees. Costs can be shared and negotiated.

Services Awareness materials are available at no cost. Visitors are welcome at demonstration sites in their home state and out-of-state. Training may be conducted at the program site or adopter site. Program staff are available for awareness and technical training, implementation, and follow-up services.

Martha F. Owens or Susan B. Rockett, Every Child A Winner, Educational Excellence, Inc., P.O. Box 141, Ocilla, GA 31774. (912) 468-7098.

Developmental Funding: USOE ESEA Title III.
JDRP No. 74-60 (6/6/74)
Recertified (3/29/91)


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