Free Courses elsewhere: Sportsmanship and NCAA Eligibility, both from the National Federation

Two online courses on the National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) Learning Center – “Sportsmanship” and “NCAA Eligibility” – have been revised in May 2018. Courses are for high school coaches, school administrators, as well as parents and student-athletes. Both courses are free and available on the Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com.

The “Sportsmanship” course, which is intended to provide schools with a more positive game environment, defines sportsmanship, provides examples of good and poor sportsmanship, and discusses the roles of players, coaches, parents, fans and officials in the education-based setting of high school sports.

“Understanding the role that each person plays with regard to sportsmanship is critically important, and the revised course delivers that message in an engaging format,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services.

The “NCAA Eligibility” course is designed to educate high school coaches, administrators and parents about the NCAA’s initial-eligibility requirements. The newly revised course provides the latest NCAA initial-eligibility standards and the steps that student-athletes need to complete in order to compete in NCAA Divisions I and II athletic programs.

“It is important that high school coaches and administrators have the latest information on NCAA eligibility standards to share with athletes and their parents,” Schuster said. “Even if coaches and administrators have taken the course in previous years, we would encourage those individuals to take the updated course now available through the NFHS Learning Center.”

After starting with two courses in 2007 through the NFHS Coach Education Program, the NFHS Learning Center now offers 58 online courses – including 25 of which are free – and has expanded its reach to contest officials, students, administrators and leaders in performing arts programs. Since the launch of www.NFHSLearn.com in 2007, the NFHS has delivered more than 6.7 million courses.

Badges are not “official certificates” — but can be recognized for their value by participants, parents, coaches, organizers and others

Digital badges are not “official” in that the digital badges are NOT the same as diplomas nor certificates.

In short, issuing certificates required governmental approval from the state where the program resides, such as Pennsylvania or Colorado.

For example, it is The Colorado Department of Higher Education that has been granted the authority in a system with its board for granting any official certificate awards including the program approvals. Most secondary and post-secondary programs have an approval process which asks what industry certifications can be conferred in the program.

Digital badges are not included as industry certifications.

Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Education collects data on industry certifications, but not on badges awarded. This is because the badging framework and governance of digital badges has been established to document employment skill sets, and not for educational transfer credit as is documented with courses, certificates and degrees. Rather, digital badges have a workforce relevance enhancement to traditional, educational offerings and are more of a motivational tool to help establish a pathway to the more formal certifications and educational transcripts and eventual diplomas.

At present, there are no policies with any educational system that allows for the evaluation of digital badges for college credit nor for high-school credit. Requests for evaluation of prior learning for college credit and school-based credit is possible as a future discussion point. Perhaps in the future, some educational system, especially in a rapidly changing enviroment, would desire this capacity so that student profiles of digital badges from multiple sources could be documented and verified to represent merit within the system.

The process for reviewing and approving new digital badges is taken seriously. This work is done by the CLOH.org Digital Badge Taskforce. To apply as a member on the panel, leave a message in the comments below.

An idea for a new badge can be proposed by members of the CLOH.org Digital Badge Taskforce.

The process for bestowing digital badges within the CLOH.org framework happens to those who apply and pass a training course.

Prescription Drug Safety (course)

A course from Everfi is available elsewhere, Prescription Drug Safety.

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention is an innovative digital course that arms high school students with the knowledge and tools to make healthy, informed decisions when it comes to prescription medications. Through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, students learn the facts about drugs, how to properly use and dispose of them, and how to step step in when faced with a situation involving misuse.

Prescription Drug Safety Resources

  • Course Outline
  • Curriculum Guide
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Safety Standards Alignment
  • Prescription Drug Safety Discussion Guide
  • Introduction to the Opioid Crisis
  • Understanding Opioids
  • Resisting Opioids

Video

Educator Perspectives: Prescription Drug Safety from EVERFI on Vimeo.

Rotary

Landing page for Rotary Club presentation(s)

Mark Rauterkus was an invited speaker to the Kittanning Rotary Club on  February 28, 2018. These resources assist with interactions with members and other Rotary groups in the future.

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Introduction:

Coach Mark Rauterkus joins us from Pittsburgh’s historic South Side. Mark has been a swim coach since 1976 when he started a swim team as a high-school-aged lifeguard.

He has coached nine (9) years at the college level. Mark has worked for more than 52 athletic directors and 34 principals. In his career, more than 10,000 kids have called him “Coach Mark.”

His swimmers have set state records in: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and Massachusetts.

Mark’s newest role: executive director of SKWIM USA, a nonprofit to grow the aquatic game of SKWIM.

Mark’s passion as an advocate in the city is expressed at CLOH dot org. Creating Literate Olympians Here.

Resources and Easy Courses:

Feel free to team up with a youngster for meaningful online adventures.

Advance insights with Coach Mark as your guest speaker

I’ll speak about my personal history as a coach in swimming and water polo in the city — and throughout my career. But, it isn’t much about me, however. The focus is on how we can leverage sports, fitness, wellness and efforts in our communities around the realm of playing well with others. Some of the basic understandings of the purpose and meaning of sports need to be put into better focus.

Sports are games of time, space and relationships. That’s from a book I helped publish years ago, Sport, Spirit & Soul.

With a philosophy and a few concept maps, we can make improvements and reform — as many elements in sports are in trouble and messed up.

So, I’ll talk quickly about some problems and how they can be fixed. And, how the wisdom of the group of those in attendance can make an impact with the community, teams, coaches, and participants — as well as with their own families — in terms of sports.

Likewise, I’ll leave with a few challenges and tools for others to do, online, for free, for fun, if interested. Q&A of course.

My message is a help us think again about sports and recreation from school age kids to seniors, spectators to league managers.

Projector if possible but not necessary

I love to present off of my iPad. Photos help to put more sizzle into the story. I have the various types of adapters, VGA, HDMI, and Apple’s Lightening.

Pop Quiz

As a way to be more interactive, especially among friends and with a smaller group, we can share our own remarks and move through the talk, guided by the questions on this quiz. Door prize expected for top answer giver, but I’m biased as to what answers I’m seeking. Most questions have no right or wrong answers, much like life.

pop-quiz-for-Rotary-Club

Replies:

  • Authentic Pittsburgh: steel, incline, 3 rivers, sports, ethnic
  • Favorite sports: soccer, hockey, football
  • Other favorable sports: hockey, football, basketball, soccer, golf, boating
  • Favorite team: Penguins (mid 2000s), Penguins, Steelers
  • Game as youngster: soccer, hockey, basketball, softball

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