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July 21, 2021
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Registration Closes July 28 for Back to School Summit
Don’t miss your chance to attend SHAPE America’s Back to School Summit on August 3-4! This virtual professional development opportunity will help you connect with other health and physical education professionals — and prepare for the new school year.
Join us as we dive into best practices for teaching in the COVID era. You’ll also learn how to advocate for your health and physical education program … and much more! Summit registration is FREE for SHAPE America members; non-member registration includes a free SHAPE America Select membership! LEARN MORE
National Convention Proposals Due July 26
It’s not too late to submit your proposal for the 2022 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo, which will be held in New Orleans, April 26-30. This is your chance to share your knowledge and insights on a wide range of topics relevant to the health and physical education community. Proposals for presentation sessions, research abstracts and research symposium submissions are all due by 11:59 p.m. PT on July 26. LEARN MORE
The M.A.Ed. in Physical Education Master Teacher is an online graduate program designed to help K-12 physical education teachers enhance their instructional effectiveness. Students can choose from emphases in pedagogy or special populations to help enhance their physical fitness classroom.
Free Access Article: Enhancing Athlete Outcomes Through Quality Coaching
Coaches need to be aware of how their actions, specifically those which are negative in nature, affect their athletes’ basic needs, motivation, and performance. This article from the July/August issue ofStrategies illustrates the repercussions of coaching aggression, how this type of negative behavior can affect athlete well-being and performance, and what actions can be taken by coaches to bolster current and future chances of success. READ MORE
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Funding May Be Available for New SEL Books
SHAPE America’s newest books — Teaching Social and Emotional Learning in Health Education and Teaching Social and Emotional Learning in Physical Education — are designed for health and physical educators who want to incorporate social and emotional learning into their curriculum. These comprehensive SEL resources may be covered by your district’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds, so reach out to your principal or your school district’s federal funding director to ask them to support your purchase. VIEW BOOKS
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Registration Open for CAEP SPA Program Reviewer Refresher Webinar
Starting this fall, SHAPE America will once again serve as a Specialized Professional Association (SPA) for PETE/HETE programs seeking national recognition through the CAEP accreditation process. Please complete this interest form if you would like more information about program review or serving as a program report reviewer. This August 19 webinar is a refresher for former program report reviewers. REGISTER NOW
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News Around the Nation
What the New CDC Guidance for Schools Means for Children
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance last week on the importance of having all schools opened for in-person, full-time instruction in the fall. To safely keep schools open, the CDC recommended what it calls "a layered mitigation strategy." This is a systematic strategy involving multiple interventions to reduce risk, such as including the use of indoor masks for unvaccinated students and teachers. READ MORE
School-Based Mindfulness Program Gives Big Boost to Young Kids' Sleep
U.S. News & World Report
Children tend to sleep less as they approach early adolescence, perhaps because of the pressures of homework and the presence of social media. Now, new research suggests that loss of precious slumber is not inevitable. The researchers found that a school-based program in mindfulness training — which involves being present in the moment, deep breathing and yoga movements — helped at-risk children not only curb that loss in sleep, but to gain more rest than they had before. READ MORE
Not Just a Local Problem: Children Worldwide Are Affected by Isolation and Stress of the Pandemic
An estimated 1.6 billion children in 190 countries — approximately 90% of the world’s children — have been affected by school closings during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, according to UNICEF. Dismantling the routines that are a stabilizing force for kids, school closings also deprived children of the basic supports that schools provide, including organized recreation, face-to-face contact with teachers and friends, and the mental health resources 57% of the kids who need care rely on. READ MORE
Data Supports Social-Emotional and Equity Curricula for 'Whole Child' K-12 Education
Parents and educators know that academic excellence depends considerably on students’ holistic development and a strong, positive learning environment. Unfortunately, many schools lack access to the tools needed to support students’ personal growth and to measure and reflect on their climate for learning. Research shows that social-emotional learning (SEL) programs improve student success, yet many K–12 schools across the country only measure academic milestones. READ MORE
Exercise, Mindfulness Help Children With ADHD
Just 10 minutes of exercise and 10 minutes of mindfulness meditation can help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with their mood, self-efficacy and attention. This is according to a new study from education professor Barbara Fenesi and co-authors Hannah Bigelow, Marcus Gottlieb, Michelle Ogrodnik and Jeffrey Graham, published in Frontiers in Psychology. READ MORE
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