Children shaking a parachutePhysical Education

Physical education is a course of instruction designed to assist students in a progressive development of knowledge and skills needed to engage in healthy and physically active lifestyles.

Quality prekindergarten through diploma physical education provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to support participation in a variety of physical activities that contribute to an active lifestyle. Physical education provides building blocks for motor skill development and analysis, physical fitness, stress reduction, decision-making and positive social skills. Students learn to assess and set goals, evaluate their own physical fitness and use this knowledge to maintain or improve their current fitness level. Students who participate in physical education on a regular basis learn the benefits of physical activity, including its contribution to academic success and a healthy lifestyle.

The Maine Department of Education Physical Education Program staff offer resources, tools, technical assistance and professional development on physical education curriculum, instruction and assessment, including that of adapted physical education. The program is available to assist educators, parents, students, agencies and organizations.

The Department also provides information and resources for health education.

Contact

Jean Zimmerman
Health Education & Physical Education Consultant
207-624-6687
jean.zimmerman@maine.gov