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National Cardiovascular Health Conference 2002 Washington, D.C. Sandra Owen Georgia State University Gerald Berenson Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

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National Cardiovascular Health Conference 2002 Washington, D.C.Sandra Owen Georgia State UniversityGerald Berenson Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Health Ahead/Heart Smart

“A process for predicting compliance and aligning a K-6 cardiovascular curriculum to national Health Education, Science Education (personal health) and Technology Standards"

and Tropical Medicine


Revise the K-6 Health Ahead/Heart Smart curriculum to be aligned with national standards

National Health Education StandardsScience K-4 (Scroll down to F section) Science 5-8 (Scroll down to F section) Science 9-12 (Scroll down to F section) Student Educational Technology Standards

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  • Predict curriculum compliance using the Curriculum Analysis Tool (CAT);
  • Identify lessons congruent with personal health science standards; and
  • Create student activities incorporating national technology standards

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curriculum analysis tool
Curriculum Analysis Tool
  • Developed by the Education Development Center, Inc. under contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
  • Provided a process for identifying gaps in compliance; and
  • Promoted accountability by aligningcurrent lessons with standards

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Three Phases:Assessment/RevisionPhase One: A careful read of each grade level prior to scoringPhase Two: Grade level scoring using CAT Identify needed revisionPhase Three: Post- revision scoring

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Pre-Revision Analysis

Health Education Criteria: 82%

Health Education Standards: 78%

CDC School Guidelines: 77%

Curriculum Fundamentals: 75%

Technology Standards O%

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post revision analysis
Post-Revision Analysis
  • All sections of the CAT met 100% compliance
  • Activities were developed to incorporate technology standards
  • Lessons were classified by Science Standard
  • Lessons were classified by Health Education Standard

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“Health Ahead/Heart Smart K-6 Curriculum offers schools coordinated, comprehensive, standards-based lessons which join the science of predictive risk behaviors with the effective application of protective health behaviors.”

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