Dallas ISD’s STEM Health and Physical Education Department is one of a kind


Under the leadership of Director Barbara Johnson, the STEM Health and Physical Education Department is likely the only one of its kind in the country.

Johnson said it makes sense to combine STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and Health and Physical Education since both are key components in growing students into strategic and creative problem solvers.

Formerly known as the Urban School Wellness Department, the STEM Health and Physical Education Department is coordinating in-school initiatives such as kinesthetic classrooms, the digital media fair, Fitness Stars—which teaches STEM through hockey—and Read and Ride, which places stationary bike desks is in campus media centers/libraries.

“Our primary goal for the 2018-2019 school year is to support the schools in Dallas ISD by encouraging campus administration to utilize their health and physical education teachers to lead the charge in establishing a campus culture of real world problem-solving, communicating, collaborating, and creating,” Johnson said. “Working together, we can prepare all students to be future leaders and healthy, successful lifelong learners.”

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