My Students Don’t Look Like Me: Culturally Relevant Physical Education

Learn How to make your Physical Education Program Culturally Relevant

This course will take approximately 4 hours to complete. If you have any questions about the course, please email us at "[email protected]".

Target Audience:

This course has been designed for PK-12 physical education teachers that want to learn more about culturally relevant instruction in physical education.

Course Objectives:

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

● Define and explain culturally relevant pedagogy

● Discuss culturally relevant (articles, podcasts, chats) resources and their implications for PE

● Review culturally relevant Physical Education activities and tools that can be used or modified for various teaching spaces

● Analyze a lesson plan for its cultural relevance and revise it to make it more culturally relevant for students

● Create a culturally relevant toolbox to use for Physical Education lessons

Course Description:

The terms Equity, Diversity and Inclusion have garnered constant attention in today’s school systems. Districts across the United States consistently enroll students who speak multiple languages and represent various cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Teachers often look for resources to ensure that students see themselves reflected in their academic content. Culturally relevant physical education helps teachers understand the students they teach, make instruction meaningful for ALL learners and be mindful of how culture plays a role in what students learn and how they process the information.

Culturally relevant physical education is deeper than acknowledging that students are diverse. Rather, it brings students diverse experiences and backgrounds into their learning experiences to make them more engaging and meaningful. Culturally relevant instruction also builds a foundation for educators to understand equity, diversity and inclusion. It helps them understand the need for instruction that is accessible for all students and celebrates the uniqueness that each student brings to their learning experience.


This course addresses the following standards:

Source: SHAPE America National Standards for K-12 Physical Education (2016).

Standard 1 - The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
Standard 2 - The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics related to movement and performance.
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 4 - The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
Standard 5 - The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.

Your Instructor

Sue Scheppele
Sue Scheppele

Sue Scheppele is the Elementary Physical Education Teacher for Wharton PK-8 Dual Language IB World School in Houston, Texas. She has been teaching Elementary Physical Education for six years. Prior to coming to Houston, she taught high school Health and Physical Education for four years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Delaware in Family and Community Services, Black American Studies and Health and Physical Education. She has completed 33 hours towards her master’s degree in Black Americana from Howard University.

Sue Scheppele is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion trainer for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). She is an ADL Walter Kase Educator of the Year for creating an inclusive school environment that is culturally sustaining, equitable and rejects Hate. She is Max Kaplain Institute graduate of the Holocaust Museum Houston and was the Drs Emil and Anna Steinberg Educator of the Year in 2018. She also is a Liebman Fellow and was awarded a three-week fellowship to attend the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, Israel in Summer, 2019.

Sue has completed the Teaching Through a Culturally Diverse Lens Course with The Leading Equity Center. She has participated in over 48 hours of training with Welcoming Schools. She is a graduate of the Anti-Defamation League Anti-Bias Train the Trainer Institute.

Sue is a Lead Elementary Teacher for the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and facilitates a semi-annual training for all elementary and secondary PE teachers called “Creating Culturally Sustaining Community in the Physical Education Experience”. She is also facilitates a yearly training for all campus ADL’s No Place for Hate Initiative sponsors titled “This is Me! Discovering, Examining and Celebrating Identity”. She leads her school anti-bias and inclusion efforts.

Sue facilitates a group of third through eighth grade students who strive to create a school culture that is safe, welcoming and celebrates the diversity of all students called the Hate Busters. Her positive school culture coalition participates in mandatory Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) training, Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ youth training (middle school students only), All Behaviors Count instruction and identity lessons. Through the Hate Busters passion and work, Wharton Dual Language IB World School has earned its No Place for Hate designation with the Anti-Defamation League for six consecutive years.

Sue is a the HISD First Tee golf liaison. She coaches golf for the First Tee. In addition, she is the JV Softball Coach for Northside High School. She is also a certified golf and Olympic Weight Lifting Coach for Special Olympics.

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