Teachers have the power to make lifelong impression on their students! The Robert Crown Center for Health Education provides teachers, coaches, and others with the staff development tools they need to help children make choices leading to a healthy, happy and safe life. RCC educators utilize the most up-to-date research and teaching methods to help educators increase their effectiveness through staff development opportunities.
Professional Development Workshops
Stealth Health The Robert Crown Center for Health Education is proud to offer summer workshops for teacher staff development. The sessions utilize the concept of “stealth learning.” Math and science teachers learn how to teach their subject matter using health topics such as alcohol use and abuse as well as obesity prevention. For instance, math teachers can present the topics of data collection and graphing by having their students track activity patterns throughout a day. For more information, click here.
Our alcohol prevention session, titled “Stealth Health: The Math and Science of Alcohol Use,” begins with an explanation of the nervous system anatomy and function. Participants then learn how alcohol is made, the concentration of alcohol in different beverages, and the concept of blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The seminar then shifts to the topic of alcohol’s effects on the human body. Participants learn how to integrate these topics into their math lessons involving basic functions, mean/median/mode/range, graphing, algebraic equations, and more. Science connections focus on running a controlled experiment, as well as the effects of obesity on body systems and function.
Our obesity prevention session, titled “Stealth Health: The Math and Science of Obesity Prevention” begins with an overview of basic body measurements such as Body Mass Index and Basal Metabolic Rate as well as a definition of obesity. The session is then divided into topics involving nutrition and fitness. Nutrition lessons focus on nutrients in different foods, portion sizes, food labels, and healthy choices. Fitness lessons focus on activity choices and the impact of those choices on overall health. The session concludes with activities focused on sleep and the consequences of sleep deprivation. Participants learn how to integrate these topics into their math lessons involving basic functions, mean/median/mode/range, graphing, algebraic equations, and more. Science connections focus on running a controlled experiment, balancing a chemical equation, as well as the effects of alcohol on body systems. Sessions run eight hours but can be condensed to fit a shorter time frame.
It's Time: Adults Addressing Youth and Teen Depression: Participants explore the signs and symptoms of depression and its effect on children and teen's emotional health and learning. Videos and discussions allow teachers to see depression through the eyes of those who suffer from this medical condition. Participants also learn skills to find help for students they suspect may be suffering from depression.
Tobacco Truths Online: This is an online, CPDU-credit course done in partnership with the Kane County Department of Health. This course increases teacher knowledge about tobacco-related issues while providing ready-to-use tobacco prevention lesson plans for grades k-12. For more information, view the lesson plan.
Lesson Plans and Supplementary Materials
Research shows that students retain more information if they have multiple points of contact with the materials they are learning. After bringing your kids to the Robert Crown Center, please utilized our supplementary lessons to enhance your students’ learning experience. Please click below to access several age-appropriate lesson plans created by educators at the Robert Crown Center. These lessons are research-based and linked to state learning standards. Further, they are engaging for kids, and best of all, they are yours to download and use in your classroom!
Click HERE to access the Lesson Plans and Supplementary Materials.