Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Instruction and Curriculum: Early Childhood Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Elizabeth Stolle

Academic Year



As rigor continues to rise, so does the amount of time we are asking students to sit sedentary in their seats. It has become a common practice for educators to reduce or remove from their schedules activities that get their students up and moving in exchange for more academic minutes. Currently there is a dilemma in schools in finding the balance between instructional time and physical activity; even though it is becoming more well known that physical activity increases student attention and learning. To rectify this gap in practice schools need to create a culture of movement that is integrated throughout the school environment by everyone. This project provides the framework to create a building wide culture of movement in a k-5 elementary school. This framework follows the eight steps in the Kotter Model of Change and includes resources to guide team meetings, educate staff, and evaluate the effectiveness of implementation.