Gardner Pilot Academy Physical Education Collaboration

Overview & History of the SED-GPA PE Collaboration

For the past three decades, children from the Gardner and Hamilton Schools have been bussed to Boston University’s Case Center for Physical Education classes taught by BU graduate students.  The program, known as the Tuesday-Thursday Physical Education Program, became internationally recognized for its unique teaching-learning environment.  Not only did children come to a university setting for Physical Education classes, they were also being taught by BU students who were preparing to become Physical Education teachers.  The Tuesday-Thursday Program was a learning environment for both students of Boston Public Schools and of Boston University.

The program has continued to thrive.  In Fall 2010, a new model of the program was piloted; BU students traveled to the Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA) to teach Physical Education lessons in the students’ school setting.  This new model lead to a new name for the Tuesday-Thursday program: The SED/GPA PE Collaborative.  The new model was well-received, and in Spring 2011, BU students were once again bringing physical education back to the Gardner Pilot Academy.

Boston University SED/GPA PE Collaborative Mission Statement
The Boston University SED/GPA PE Collaborative aims to provide the following: movement experiences for inner city children who do not have PE in their schools or schools that do not have licensed PE teachers, pre-practicum experiences for licensure and non-licensure BU PE students, exposure to movement and teaching movement for elementary and early childhood students, and research opportunities to aid in the advancement of physical education.

*For Fall 2011, BU students will be working with Gardner Students for 9 weeks beginning on October 4 and ending on December 8.

The program is meant to be fun AND a great learning experience for all involved. Visit the different parts of this website to learn a lot of great details about the program, healthy living, and getting young people active!