Physical Education Coordinator, Kinesiology
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Biography

Research Summary:
Cara Grant is a lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology, and is the MCERT, Master of Education (M.Ed.) with Certification Professional Development Schools Coordinator with the College of Education. She earned her undergraduate degree from University of Maryland College Park and master's degrees from Bowie State University in secondary education with a specialization in curriculum and instruction.  Cara has been working in education, curriculum development, and teacher professional development for over 17 years in PreK-high school education and recently in higher education. She has experience supervising adapted physical education, health education, and physical education in the largest Maryland School District.  Cara Grant has experience with curriculum development, professional development, and conference presentations.  These include curriculum development work for the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health; Discovery Education content developer and reviewer; Manuscript reviewer for the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD); Instructor and editor of Helping All Students Succeed in Physical Education, online course for adapted physical education for the Maryland State Department of Education. She is a member at large for the Maryland Association of Health and Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD). In addition to this, Cara has worked as a center director for Saturday School serving Grade 1 through Grade 12 students implementing English Language Arts, Math, STEM, and SAT programs. She is an active member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. an academic and philanthropic service organization.

 

Education and Training

Education:

Ed.D., Educational Leadership with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ (in progress - ABD)
McDaniel College, Westminster, MD, Administration and Certification Program, 2007
M.Ed., Secondary Education-Curriculum and Instruction, Bowie State University, Bowie, MD, 2006
B.S, Kinesiology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2001

& II Health Education PreK-12
Physical Education PreK-12
Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE) PreK-12

State and National Conference Presentations Topics include:

  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Standards-based health education
  • Standards-based physical education
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Growth Mindset
  • Professionalism, resume, and interview skills
  • Human Trafficking
  • Personal Wellness: Mental, Physical, Social Wellbeing
  • STEM and Coding Instruction for elementary through middle school
  • School-based wellness- Serving the Whole Child
  • Self-care: Loving the Life you Live
Courses

Courses: Masters in Education with Teacher Certification (MCERT), Physical Education                                                                                                                                                                                                     

KNES 689I: Teaching Secondary Physical Education                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
KNES 689T: Internship in Education: Physical Education                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
KNES 689N: Curriculum Development in Physical Education

Honors and Awards

MAHPERD Simon McNeely Award for Contributions to Health and Physical Education                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Greek Centennial Award, 100 Years of Fraternity and Sorority Life, University of Maryland                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Unity Award, Hermana of the Year                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Latin America Youth Center, Maryland Multicultural Youth Center Mentor Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Order of Omega Kalegethos Society