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MovNat in Schools: Educator Certification – Albuquerque, New Mexico

This course is suitable for all educators (e.g. PE teachers, classroom teachers, school administrators, homeschool parents, special educators, etc.).

August 13 August 14

$500.00 – $800.00

The MovNat in Schools Educator Certification is the most complete movement course for educators available, anywhere. Learn how to teach your students real world physical capability through Natural Movement at this premiere course; and learn why MovNat has been trusted by educators all around the world since 2009.

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Description

This course is best suited for educators across subject areas and disciplines who work with children in preK – 12th grade. This includes physical education, classroom education, special education, homeschool education, after school programs, summer camps, and anyone else who works with children for fitness, educational, or physical education purposes.

Our Educator Certification Program is an innovative and fundamental movement certification for those who work with children in school-based settings.

We offer a one day certification for all educators (MCE) and a more in-depth, two-day certification for physical educators (MCE-PE). Educators who take the one day certification will walk away with the knowledge and skills to strategically use essential natural movements to help students do their best learning, including self-regulation and community-building strategies, in any classroom setting.

Along with learning the fundamentals in Day 1, Physical Educators will extend their knowledge on Day 2 by learning more movement skills as well as techniques for structuring and implementing natural movements into their physical education classes so that all students can better learn how to move their physical bodies and achieve health and empowerment. 

Read more about this case study: MovNat at Chinook Trail Middle School.

Here’s why the students at Chinook Middle School in Colorado Springs, CO love doing MovNat in their school:

“MovNat makes me feel relaxed and have a better day.” — Tristan

“It makes me feel better because I get to move in the day that I would usually be sitting all day. It makes me feel happier and not so down.” — Kendyl

“MovNat gives me the ability to move freely while still increasing your ability to learn” — Jacob

“I like how anyone can do it and it’s just fun.” — Lily

“MovNat teaches you how to become physically healthy while also having fun.” — Fiona

“What I love about MovNat is that it helps you push your limits.” — Chelsea

“I love how it lets you have your own freedom of learning new skills and being a kid. I also enjoy being able to learn new skills and I feel it can get you stronger and more coordinated.” — Rylee

“It boosts up my confidence when I am able to achieve the goal I was working on.” — Cheney

“It releases stress.” — Logan

“It teaches physical and mental well being.” — Kiesha

What the MovNat in Schools Educator Certification will offer:

Get a full introduction to a curated selection of fundamental natural movements that are ideal for students. Plus, learn classroom implementation techniques and strategies.

Day 1: MCE (Learn to Move) 

  • Overview of fundamental Natural Movement skills for school-based settings 
    • Ground Movement
    • Get Ups (and Get Downs)
    • Crawling
    • Balancing 
    • Jumping & Climbing 
    • Classroom integration strategies for self-empowerment, community-building, and expression and representation of academic content (NOTE: PE teachers will learn more about some MovNat Key Principals, including the Formation of Technique Model, during this time) 

Day 2: MCE-PE (move to learn) 

  • Exploration of more advanced natural movements for a physical education classroom
    • Jumping and Vaulting
    • Climbing 
    • Gait (Running and Balancing)
    • Lifting & Carrying 
    • Throwing and Catching 
    • Learn implementation strategies, including ways to structure and integrate Natural Movement into any pre-existing curriculum
    • Warm-ups and cool-downs 
    • Combos and Ground Flows
    • Skill of the Week and MovNat mini-units
    • Games
    • Programming student goals with regressions and progressions 
    • Assessment tools for evaluating movement progress
    • Equipment and safety 
    • Field trips in natural environments

The MovNat in Schools Educator Certification for PE teachers helps students:

  • Foster a growth-mindset
  • Increase physical capability and sense of confidence
  • Increase kinesthetic awareness and proprioception
  • Increase strength, mobility, coordination, and stamina
  • Increase overall athletic or movement performance in other modalities
  • Foster teamwork and social skills

The MovNat in Schools Educator Certification helps all educators:

  • Create welcoming, supportive spaces
  • Recruit student interest
  • Increase self-awareness and self-advocacy
  • Support focus and memory
  • Honor self-regulation and sensory needs
  • Build an inclusive, fun, and connected community

Meet Your Instructors

Meghan Donohue, M.Ed, MCT, Program Director of MovNat in Schools 

Meghan Donohue is the Program Director for MovNat in Schools, an innovative program designed to help teachers infuse Natural Movement into their classrooms to help students learn more about themselves, each other, and the world around them. Meghan was raised in the woods of Vermont and was an avid nature explorer and athlete growing up; she later specialized in cross-country and track in high school and college, running Division I track at Syracuse University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Rhetoric and a minor in Philosophy. She later earned her Masters of Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Meghan has over 15+ of experience working with students ages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in various athletic and academic contexts including coaching track, Americorps tutoring, and pre-k and elementary school teaching. She specifically has served as an elementary teacher, primarily in Boston Public Schools, for over five years. She is a triple-licensed educator, currently holding licenses in Elementary Education, Special Education, and English as a Second Language. 

Along with developing the MovNat in Schools program, she is a student of MovNat and barefoot running (she is a L1 MCT getting ready to take on L2). She loves living closely-connected to nature in her off-grid home in New Mexico with her fiancé. There, she uses Natural Movement to explore and live in vibration with the natural world around her. She believes in sharing these empowering skills with others, specifically teachers and children, so that they can do their best learning, thinking, and creating in school and beyond. 

Danny Clark, MovNat Performance Director and Master Instructor

As Performance Director, Danny Clark manages MovNat’s curriculum development as well as “sets the bar” for all the certification standards. He is a bronze medalist in the sport of grappling, a former D1 wrestler at the University of Virginia, a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, holds BA degrees in evolutionary biology and archaeology, and has extensive experience with exercise science and applied programming.

Danny has been a kettlebell and BJJ gym owner, head S&C coach for MMA athletes, and held credentials with leading professional organizations such as FMS, StrongFirst, and the NSCA.

His integrative skill set enables him to continually refine the teaching skills, movement progressions, and performance programming strategies found in MovNat’s teaching manuals. And, his love of teaching the practice of Natural Movement enables him to help others connect to the power within themselves and the natural world.

Danny lives in New Mexico. He is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, fly fisherman, and advocate of connecting with Nature as a teacher of life.

Meet our Board of Educators

Schedule and Location

Saturday, August 13: 9am – 6pm

Sunday, August 14: 9am – 6pm

*These times are subject to change. You will receive confirmation from your instructors prior to the event.

3901 Singer Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109 United States
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What To Bring

  • Government issued photo ID
  • MovNat Certified Educator Manual (available in your account August 1, 2022)
  • Notebook & Pen
  • Training gear for indoors and outdoors (e.g. shorts, T-shirt, minimal shoes, etc.)
  • Snacks, fluids, and lunch

*More details will be emailed to participants in advance of the event’s start date.

Dr. Jenny Ploss, PT, DPT, Level 2 MCT
Dr. Jenny Ploss, PT, DPT, MovNat Team Instructor

“We can give our kids the chance to be fit for life and to enjoy healthier more comfortable lives, and I think MovNat is one of the best ways to start.” —Dr. Jenny Ploss, Middle School Health Teacher & Physical Therapist

Dr. Jon Morey, DC, MovNat Team Instructor

“A physically competent child is a happy, healthy child. This doesn’t mean they have to be the most athletic among their peers; just that they know how to move with confidence and skill. The neurological feedback from exploratory play helps young brains develop. The repetition of an enjoyable activity or the frustrations of learning a new skill or trick helps to teach emotional self-regulation. It has been said elsewhere that Play is the job of childhood so you can think of Natural Movement instruction as like ‘on-the-job training’ for a child to be successful at their job!” —Dr. Jon Morey, University Professor and founder of Uncivilized Vitality.

Please join us!

MovNat is the official world leader in Natural Movement® Education.

Over the last thirteen years, we have coached and certified thousands of professionals, opened dozens of MovNat licensed facilities, and consulted with some of today’s brightest minds including doctors, movement educators, professional athletes, and elite special forces. Our work has been featured in world-renowned publications, and is being implemented in health clubs, physical therapy clinics, and school districts all around the world.

The MovNat in Schools Educator Certification provides a deep dive into the “missing link” in modern physical education: Natural Movement. If you are serious about giving your students a holistic educational experience that honors their true nature, this unique movement certification will help you develop the tools and strategies you need to better guide your students to learn to move and move to learn in school and beyond.

If you want to be a part of a select group of pioneers who shape the future of education for the next generation, please join us at this premiere event to learn a unique, natural method for helping children become more physically capable so they can live their best lives.

Questions? Please email [email protected].