Managing Asthma in the School Environment

Dandelion puff, a common asthma triggerThis online course was developed by NEA Healthy Futures (as NEA HIN) and the Merck Childhood Asthma Network (MCAN) as part of NEA’s Online Academy. This free, 1.5 hour course will educate NEA members about asthma so that they can help students better manage their asthma while at school.

The course addresses the causes, signs and symptoms of asthma; asthma triggers; the key elements of asthma control; and strategies for creating asthma-friendly schools. Additionally, it provides suggested changes that can be made to reduce triggers in school environments, such as removing upholstered furniture and ensuring good indoor environmental quality (IEQ).

During the course, you will learn from Dr. Lani Wheeler, an expert in the field and a highly regarded instructor, and from your peers — other NEA members who have had experience in dealing with asthma in schools.

Speaker, Dr. Lani Wheeler

Dr. Lani Wheeler

The course design incorporates nationally recognized, research-based standards for online professional development and provides teachers and education support professionals (ESPs) with the opportunity to obtain certificate hours and other professional development credit. A total of 2.5 certificate hours can be earned by taking the course and up to 65 additional certificate hours can be earned by completing one or more of the extra-credit projects offered.

Course Modules

  • Module 1: Welcome and Introduction to the Course
  • Module 2: Introduction to Asthma
  • Module 3: Control and Treatment of Asthma
  • Module 4: Asthma-Friendly Schools

Course highlights include:

  • A common asthma inhalerCourse content modeled after the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) guidance
  • A pre- and post- knowledge based assessment, handouts, and additional resources
  • Practical assignments (activities and extra-credit projects) with opportunities for hands-on application and reflection
  • A professional development handout that contains detailed information on how this course can help NEA members achieve their goals for professional growth and development

How to Access the Course

To access the course you must register for a password through the NEA Academy.

Click here to go register for a password and take the course.

Visit the student physical health section on our website for more information on asthma.