Lori Dunn, Seattle Public Schools’ Physical Education and Health Literacy Program Manager, has been honored with SHAPE America’s top award for Physical Education administrators.
The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE), the nation’s largest membership organization of Health and Physical Education professionals, announced that Dunn is the Channing Mann Outstanding Physical Education Administrator of the Year.
“This honor for Lori is incredibly well deserved,” said Superintendent Larry Nyland. “Lori is well known by her colleagues across the nation as a leader in her practice, and for her tireless dedication to Physical Education. Her outstanding leadership has set new standards for educators in the Seattle Public Schools and for the students they inspire to get up and move!”
Dunn will be honored at the 2016 SHAPE America National Convention and Expo on April 5-9, 2016, in Minneapolis.
Dunn, who in 2006 was named SHAPE’s National High School Physical Educator of the Year, was nominated in fall 2015 by teachers and central office administrators for her work leading innovative curriculum, developing numerous community partnerships and bringing in significant grants to support Physical Education.
Dunn is a “skilled and passionate educator” who builds “strong, trusting relationships” and “models perseverance by never giving up on anyone or herself,” wrote Executive Director of Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction Shauna Heath in her recommendation letter.
“Lori’s success as a leader in Seattle is in part due to her ability to foster strong relationships with the community,” wrote two district Physical Education teachers, Jennifer Hendrickson of Mercer International Middle School and Cheryl Parks of Lawton Elementary, in their joint recommendation letter. “It’s rare to find a program manager in such a large school district who values the importance of knowing her staff on a personal level.”
Among her many accomplishments:
- Forming and leading a district team of Physical Education specialists to write a comprehensive PreK-12 Physical Education Curriculum Guide.
- Partnering with a number of organizations to bring innovative fitness programs into our schools. Some examples include Cascade Bike Club, First Tee Golf, U.S. Tennis Association, Washington Soccer, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Medic One, Cascade Volleyball, and, significantly, the George Pocock Rowing Foundation. Pocock worked with Dunn on an Erg Ed Rowing Program that is being replicated across the country.
- Securing a number of grants and funding to support district programs, such as
- a partnership with the City of Seattle and the Cascade Bike Club for every students in grades 3-5 to receive biking and pedestrian safety instruction starting in fall 2016
- the Partnership for Improving Public Health (PICH) grant for early learning fitness of $204,000 for 2015-18
- the Carol M. White Physical Education for Progress (PEP) grant of $1.6 million for 2011-14
- Leading the task force that developed the district Wellness Policy approved in October 2015, providing equitable access to healthy food and physical activity across all district schools.
- Leading a committee in 2013-14 that set a Physical Education policy that includes, for example, recess requirements, adapted Physical Education, a teacher certification requirement and strong oversight and assessments of progress.
Read more about district programs such as Physical Education and Health on our Academics page.