Building Community Relationships and Partnerships to Enhance Your PE Program

It’s Fun to Get Free Equipment and Experiences For Your Students!


This course is a must take! As a teacher in a school with no gym, I struggled to find creative ways to give my students experiences that never would have had, create partnerships that helped bring in much needed human and material resources to my schools, and help me teach my curriculum in a dynamic and meaningful way. Due to the implementation of what Steve taught me, I have been able to accomplish all of those goals and build a community and classroom connection that involves all stakeholders and enriches the students as an end result. Steve is thoughtful in his feedback and his course made me think outside the box in a way I never knew I could. - PE Teacher, Charles S.

This course will take approximately 10 hours to complete. If you have any questions about the course, please email us at "[email protected]".

Course Description for Administrator Approval

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Target Audience:

This course has been designed for K-12 physical educators, before or after school personnel and classroom teachers responsible for teaching physical education. It is also is intended for those who

1) want to get involved in community partnerships and

2) who want to learn how to enhance their physical education programs by partnering with the community.

Course Purpose/Objectives:

The course explores and demonstrates practical ways to enhance your Physical Education program through community partnerships. Many Physical Education programs are lacking equipment, space, and most importantly, money. This course will walk you through ways that you can build your program with community help, all while becoming a leader in your school and community.

Discover innovative, practical methods to learn to communicate with local organizations, sports teams, and even your PTA! This will allow you to build your program like you never imagined, all while gaining respect in your building as more than just a “PE Teacher.”

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, users will be able to:

  • Teachers will learn how to work with their PTA/PTO to earn money for their program.
  • Teachers will identify community resources to help them gain free resources and equipment.
  • Teachers will identify ways to gain exciting experiences for their students.
  • Teachers will determine ways to partner with community leaders to help the overall school population outside of the Physical Education classroom.
  • Teachers will learn ways to find and utilize community base programs to teach their curriculum

Course Description:

This course is designed for teachers that want to be amazing teachers inside and OUTSIDE the classroom. When we look at teachers, we all see what kind of program they run, their management skills, and how they build special relationships with their students. What we never figure out is why some teachers have special things that other teachers do not. How does that 5th grade teacher have 100 books in her classroom? Did she pay for all of those with her own money? How did that teacher go on the field with his students and go on the field at the Washington Nationals game last week? How did they get free hockey sticks, pucks, and nets from the local NHL team? How does that teacher have so much equipment with a budget of $400? These are some of the things I’ve done with my students, and this course is going to teach you how to build relationships with community partners, organizations, and your own PTA so that you can build your program and give your students experiences that you never thought were possible.


This course addresses the following standards:

Source: SHAPE America Standards for Health and Physical Education in the US

Physical Education – The physically literate individual:

Standard 3: The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.

Standard 5: The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

Downloadable Materials

Downloadable templates will be available within course modules.


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Your Instructor

Steve Lightman
Steve Lightman

My name is Steve Lightman and this Fall will be my 20th year teaching Elementary Physical Education.Born, raised, and still living in Maryland, I graduated from Towson University with a degree in Sports Management.I hadn’t even thought about teaching until two weeks before I graduated, which forced me from Day 1 to think outside the box.I received my Masters in Physical Education from McDaniel College with a concentration in Administration.I live about 20 minutes north of Washington, D.C. with my wife and two sons, Josh (7) and Miles (4).In 2014, I was awarded the Simon McNeely Award in Maryland in 2015 to outstanding Physical Education teachers that are community driven.In my spare time, I like watching all of my favorite teams (Orioles, Capitals, Wizards, Washington Football Team, and the Maryland Terrapins) and playing golf.

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