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Authentic Assessment in the Health Education Classroom

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This program is scheduled as a face-to-face classroom training during the Fall 2020 semester, but may be moved online due to future recommendations for distance learning due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Any updates will be posted on this page and all enrolled students will be notified by email of any anticipated curtailments.

Our goals in health education is to support students' development of health literacy and to empower students to make health-enhancing choices across the lifespan. In order to support transfer and application of their learning in health education to their "real lives," we must measure their ability to do so and provide feedback to help them improve performance and build self-efficacy.

This session discusses hands-on assessment strategies that measure students’ abilities in skills of the National Health Education Standards. Participants will take a deeper dive into the performance indicators of the National Health Education Standards and practice strategies for designing and implementing performance-based summative assessment as a tool for your measuring student learning, growth and levels of skill proficiency.

Instructor Bios


Authentic Assessment in the Health Education Classroom

  • Holly Alperin

    Holly Alperin has worked for over 20 years in public health and education. Currently she is a faculty member in UNH's Department of Kinesiology. Previously she worked for 16 years for the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, most recently as the Nutrition Education and Training Coordinator to child nutrition staff in the NSLP and NSB programs. She has a strong background in promoting school health programs at the local, state and national levels, skills-based comprehensive health education, and providing support to develop and implement quality professional development that leads to behavior change. She received her Ed.M. in Policy, Planning and Administration from Boston University, her B.S. in Health Education/Health Promotion from Central Michigan University, and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).

  • Sarah Benes

    Sarah Benes received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching and her Ed.M. in Human Movement from Boston University. Dr. Benes was the Program Director for Physical and Health Education programs at Boston University for six years before coming to Merrimack College. Dr. Benes has multiple published articles in peer reviewed journals as well as a recently published textbook. She also presents at local and national conferences regularly and is actively engaged in service to the physical and health education professions as well as to the community. Dr. Benes' research interests include skills-based health education, physical activity in schools, and enhancing school-based physical and health education programming. Dr. Benes is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

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