Mississippi’s State Superintendent of Education visits Barr Elementary to see STEP Physical Literacy

Last month, Mississippi’s State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Carrie Wright, visited Barr Elementary (part of Jackson Public Schools) to observe The STEP Physical literacy Program in action. She was very curious to find out more about how The Program actually worked - understanding that STEP impacts the whole child which plays a key role in helping to close the achievement gap. 

Teacher assistants at Barr Elementary explained to Dr Wright how they were very open to the innovation of The STEP Program and student exercises began within a couple days of training earlier in the year.

So, it's still only been a couple months... but the staff at Barr are already reporting improvements in academics, behavior and social skills! 

And the kids currently going through The Program say STEP is their favorite part of the school day, because it is fun and helps them in class.

Dr. Wright also met representatives from Jackson State University who want to enhance their teacher candidate training to include better knowledge of physical literacy. Jackson State is developing research around the STEP program using Jackson Public Schools as the basis for their data. 

The collaboration between Jackson Public Schools, Jackson State University, and STEP will offer more opportunities to reach many more students who can benefit from all STEP has to offer.