AISD to add National Archery in the Schools Program
Atlanta ISD plans to offer Outdoors Archery (OA) curriculum at all four campuses in 2017-2018, according to school officials.
The OA program is taught in over 300 secondary schools across Texas and in 19 other states. OA can be taught as a P.E. course, a local elective course or with the Ag. Science Wildlife Management course. OA is not a traditional P.E. course or elective -- there is research to support improved attitudes, discipline, social skills and attendance associated with the program.
It also increases P.E. enrollment.
Some schools report a 39 percent increase in P.E. enrollment with OA. Students love the class, and schools usually have a waiting list just to get in, according to information released by AISD last week.
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Educators are looking for ways to improve student motivation, attention, behavior, attendance and focus.
Teachers strive to achieve state and national educational standards on development of micro- and macro-motor ability, as well as listening and observation skills. They hope to engage each student in the educational process and develop relationships to promote graduation instead of drop-out.
Wildlife Conservation agencies are concerned too many young people are forgoing learning outdoor skills that will inspire them to spend more time with wild things in wild places.
In the face of all this, natural resource professionals are convinced learning target shooting skills will result in development of character and self-reliance that will serve the future of wildlife conservation well.
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) was developed to serve these specific educational and conservation purposes.
NASP was co-created by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources and Department of Education, and Mathews Archery, in the late summer and fall of 2001.
The program was launched in 21 Kentucky middle schools on March 3, 2002. Originally called the “Kentucky Archery in the Schools Program” the effort’s goal was to enroll 120 schools and teach target archery skills to 24,000 students each year.
Within the program’s first year the 120-school goal was achieved, and because of neighbor-state interest, “National” replaced “Kentucky” in the program’s name. NASP also expanded its participation standards to include students in 4th-12th grade.