What is physical literacy?

Physical literacy is the mastering of the core physical skills of balance, coordination, and eye-tracking through personalized exercises. Students who confidently develop their physical literacy are proven to learn more effectively, socialize more easily, and participate more positively both inside and outside the classroom, empowering every child to achieve more.

Who can be a STEP coach?

Teachers, teacher assistants, interventionists, staff members, and volunteers may be STEP coaches. All STEP coaches complete a comprehensive, in-person training course to become certified to oversee the program for student participants.

How are STEP coaches trained?

All educators who deliver STEP to students are certified as STEP Coaches via a comprehensive on-boarding strategy. STEP trains teachers and classroom assistants to recognize 9 fundamental core movements which contribute to 3 categories of physical exercises—balance, eye-tracking, and coordination—to deliver STEP’s research-based, personalized physical literacy product with fidelity and integrity.

How can STEP be funded?

Consider the following funding sources to bring STEP to your school or district:

Can a child do STEP exercises at home?

STEP is a school-based program. However, parents may occasionally opt to continue STEP outside normal school hours. This determination is made by the District STEP Manager or Lead STEP Coach in consultation with a STEP Project Manager.

What type of exercises does STEP incorporate?

What learning outcomes have educators reported?

Administrators and teachers have observed major improvements in overall academic performance, behavior, social engagement, and self-esteem. STEP participants have also experienced:

How long are students enrolled in STEP?

Participants are able to complete the program within 2 academic years. There are 16 levels of STEP. In order to graduate from the program, participants must reach level 11 or complete 2 full school years of exercises.

Who provides the necessary exercise equipment?

STEP provides a kit bag of commonly-used equipment which enable participation in the program, including a wobble board, eye chart, exercise ball, bean bags, laser pointer, and tennis ball. Other supplemental items are commonly found within a classroom like pens and post-it notes. A complete list of necessary equipment is included in the kit provided by STEP.

What type of student benefits most from STEP?

STEP is particularly effective in individuals aged 7-13:

Our goal is for each of our students to achieve an optimal outcome. Our team will guide your school or district to identify the participants who should be prioritized for participating in STEP.

How do I get the STEP Program in my school?

Simply use the contact us button at the top of this page.