Sandy KlarenbeekKlarenbeek presents at American School Health Conference

Sandy Klarenbeek, health educator in the College of Education at Black Hills State University, presented at the annual American School Health Association (ASHA) conference recently.

Klarenbeek’s first presentation was Pre-service and In-service Training of Health Education Standards and Assessment to Prepare Educators to Develop Health Literacy in Students: The South Dakota Model. The training design is based on research and best practices for teaching and learning. Materials such as the coursework syllabus, training agenda, assessment tool and multiple teaching activities were given to the attendees of the session.

A Team Approach to Increasing Health Literacy through a Coordinated School Health Council was presented next by Klarenbeek. This session addressed how a coordinated approach to school health issues is an effective way to increase health literacy among students, staff, parents and community members. Success stories from schools in South Dakota were shared.

Kari Senger, director of Coordinated School Health with the South Dakota Department of Education, presented with Klarenbeek in both sessions.

“I was able to attend many excellent sessions and am anxious to implement some of the teaching strategies and ideas into my courses this fall. It was wonderful to network and meet other health educators from across the nation,” said Klarenbeek.

The theme for the conference was “Health Literacy in Many Cultures.” Over 500 professionals from the U.S. and abroad attended the conference.

The mission of the ASHA is to protect and promote the health of children and youth by supporting coordinated school health programs as a foundation for school success.

Klarenbeek earned her bachelor’s degree in home economics from Westmar College and her master’s degree in home economics from South Dakota State University. She joined the BHSU faculty in 2001.