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Coordinating Systems Around Physical Literacy

Coordinating Systems Around Physical Literacy was designed to enhance the coordination of three Calgary and area RBC Learn to Play projects towards systems- wide educational approaches, while documenting and sharing the processes that are required to do so in multiple contexts.

This initiative project built upon previous work piloting systems change strategies in four boards (RBC Innovations project 2015-16), extending the impacts by coordinating multiple projects and mobilizing the knowledge. The knowledge gained from this initiative was translated into a planning tool to support systems change titled Pathways to Physical Literacy - Choose Your Own Adventure.

Approximately 1,500 students from six schools in three jurisdictions were impacted by this project. 4 meetings were held to advance coordination and collaboration between school boards and promote systems level changes. All three boards had representation from multiple stakeholders, including teachers and school jurisdiction staff. At the first collaboration meeting, schools and districts were given the opportunity to map out their pathways and share with others. This fed directly into the development of the planning tool.

The tool was created through a three step process:

  1. The individual pathways from the first collaboration meeting were transcribed.
  2. Steps, facilitators and barriers in each pathway were coded using common language. The pathways were mapped into 5 possible pathways to physical literacy.
  3. The pathways were mapped into 5 possible pathways to physical literacy.

The tool was created using Prezi NEXT, an online presentation tool. This tool allows individuals to see the various pathways that were observed in the three Calgary area jurisdictions. They can start the pathway from the beginning or find themselves along the pathway and see potential next steps. By clicking on each step they can see a description of the step and it's significance to the pathway, as well as potential resources that may help them move forward.

We greatly acknowledge the many dedicated teachers, staff and administrators who participated in this project. Thank you to RBC who sponsored the work through their Innovations grant.

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