The National Association of Physical Literacy (NAPL) is on a mission to change the health and well-being of people around the globe. Physical Literacy (PL) is the ability, confidence, desire and explorative nature to be active for life. It involves a cultural shift by which children and adults, develop and effectively implement the fundamental movement, nutrition, and mindfulness skills necessary to live a physically, socially, and emotionally healthy, active life. In order to create a sustainable PL culture, NAPL provides research-based tools, which include online and in-person PL training, standards-aligned curriculum, certification and step-by-step guidance necessary to all stakeholders.
This fall NAPL was enlisted by Principal Jasdeep Singh and his staff at Riverside Magnet School in East Hartford, CT to create the first PL school. The magnet school currently serves 420 children from 40 towns in grades PK3 through Grade 4 and will expand next year to include Grade 5. Riverside utilizes the internationally celebrated Reggio Emilia approach to education that believes that all children are competent learners capable of great success when challenged within a nurturing environment built upon genuine relationships. The school’s theme empowers children to own their choices and embrace curiosity and learning in all its forms, and Dr. Singh recognized PL’s ability to enhance that learning process for all students and staff. Lily Donatelli, a trained teacher and NAPL staff member, is on site at Riverside four days a week in the morning and works closely with the staff and students to get everyone to move more throughout the day, practice self-regulation techniques and implement STEM based cooking and gardening lessons.
Although Riverside is a unique project, NAPL trainings and curriculums are designed to be portable and adaptable by fitting directly into the constraints of ANY school or community environment. We want anyone who is interested to have the tools to shape physically literate individuals who are better equipped to live more active, healthier lives.