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 training course to become certified to work with student participants.

How are STEP coaches trained?

Everyone involved in the School or District STEP Team completes training through an online portal. Individuals complete modules that are appropriate for their role in implementing STEP within a school or district. Training is about 1 hour in length.

Who pays for STEP?

STEP is funded through district or school funding, or through grants received from organizations, foundations, or philanthropists. Contact STEP to determine how you can 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?

Exercises target three sensory systems which the cerebellum plays a key role in facilitating.

Is STEP appropriate for all abilities?

Students who have the ability to perform physical exercises engaging the entire body, comprehend directions, and communicate verbally are best candidates for STEP.

What learning outcomes have teachers and parents seen?

Parents and teachers have seen major improvements in student academics, behavior, social skills, and self-esteem. STEP participants have also:

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 24 months of exercises.

Who provides the necessary exercise equipment?

STEP provides a wobble board, eye chart, exercise ball, and bean bags. Other supplemental items may have to be purchased by the coach, school, or district. A complete list of necessary equipment is included in the kit provided by STEP.

Is STEP research-based?

Yes! STEP is not only research-based (meaning the program is based on research) but, even more relevant, STEP is evidence-based (meaning that the program, itself, has been researched).

Academic results showing the % of students who were Below target at the start and progressed to On or Above within 12 months:

Quantitative results showing the average "statistically significant differences" between the Experimental group’s improvements versus that of the Control group:

Qualitative results:

68% of students enjoy the exercises; less than 10% do not enjoy the exercises.

What type of student benefits most from STEP?

STEP is particularly effective in individuals aged 7-13 who seek improvements in:

Our goal is for each of our students to achieve his or her optimal outcome. Our team will guide you 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.