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April 28, 2021
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Celebrate National PE & Sport Week
National Physical Education and Sport Week (also known as May Week) is a celebration of the importance of physical and health education. To help schools celebrate, we’re sharing activity ideas and resources for elementary and secondary grade levels — so you can encourage your students and their families to get active. VIEW RESOURCES
We’re also inviting you to share your HPE story from the past year of teaching — either with a photo or a “six-word memoir.” Selected stories will be used in the Spring issue of Momentum magazine. SHARE YOUR STORY
Online M.S. in Leadership in Physical Education and Sport graduate program students pay in-state tuition! Advance your content, pedagogical, and leadership knowledge for improved professional practice in physical education, coaching, and sport settings. Accepted students may begin fall, summer, or spring and typically graduate within five semesters. No GRE required.
Celebrating SHAPE America’s 2021 Award Winners, National Teachers of The Year
Congratulations to all SHAPE America award recipients who were recognized during our 2021 Virtual National Convention & Expo, including the recently announced National Teachers of the Year in adapted physical education, dance education, health education, and physical education. Our professions benefit daily from the hard work, dedication and vision of all of these individuals. VIEW 2021 AWARD WINNERS
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.
Congratulations to Our New Board Leaders
We’re pleased to announce that the following individuals were elected to serve on the SHAPE America Board of Directors: Kymm Ballard, president-elect; Joe Deutsch, director; Cara Grant, director; and Luciana Zuest, director. Thanks to everyone who voted! You can see the district election results along with bios of each board member on the SHAPE America website. LEARN MORE
• Now Available: Enhance SPARK Middle School Lesson Plans
• April Webinar: Enhanced SPARK Middle School PE: New Look and Features to Support Teacher Instruction
• New Resource: Advocacy Alerts
• SPARK Blog: The Significance of Health Education in PE
• Back-by-Popular Demand: SPARK Speaker's Bureau
UnLock Research — Physical Education Policy Research in the United States: Setting a New Orientation
Established physical education policies often require students to meet a set number of minutes of physical activity per week. Some may have assumed this would lead to more physical education in schools and increasing students’ physical activity levels with the hopes of eradicating the childhood obesity issue. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Thus, the need to understand and address the current policies that are in place. READ MORE
• My PE Pack - Personal equipment packs and expert-written activities for teaching PE in any environment
• Earn CEUs Access 80+ hours of FREE virtual professional development in multiple formats
• Read blogs, listen to podcasts, and view free activity ideas written and created by PE teachers
• Ensure PE is safe for students and staff with PPE & COVID-19 response products
• Free Webinar The PE Huddle: Accepted the Challenges of Virtual PE
Essentials of Teaching Physical Education, Second Edition Coming Soon
The Essentials of Teaching Health Education, Second Edition, presents a skills-based approach to teaching K-12 health education that prepares students for success in the 21st century. It provides educators all they need to build, teach, and assess a health education program that will help their students become health literate, develop self-efficacy, and gain the 21st-century skills they need to maintain or improve health and well-being. LEARN MORE
When All Abilities Play Together, Everybody Wins
It is a constant challenge to find new, unique ways to engage kids in physical education. There are lots of options out there, but how do you choose one? What priorities do you set when seeking out new engaging activities? The answer we hear most often is adaptability. In other words, games that are suitable for all ages, strengths, and abilities, that challenge the most athletically inclined children alongside those with limited mobility or physical fitness. Read on to learn all about a unique new physical education activity that covers all these bases and introduces students to the Olympic sport of curling.
Peer to Peer
Health and physical educators across the country are sharing top-notch ideas, resources and more!
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News Around the Nation
Survey on Implementing Health and Physical Education During the Pandemic
The CDC Physical Activity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (PAPREN) School Wellness Work Group is conducting a research study to evaluate how physical education, adapted physical education, and physical activity are being implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health and physical educators are invited to complete the survey before May 31. VIEW SURVEY
How Schools Can Help Kids Heal After a Year of 'Crisis and Uncertainty'
Kai Humphrey, 9, has been learning from home for more than a year. He badly misses his Washington, D.C., elementary school, along with his friends and the bustle of the classroom. This pandemic has been stressful for millions of children like Kai. Some have lost a loved one to COVID-19, and many families have lost jobs, their homes and even reliable access to food. If that stress isn't buffered by caring adults, it can have lifelong consequences. READ MORE
Family Walks: How to Bond, Boost Health and Improve Mood Together
Experts agree family walks are valuable for many reasons. “One outcome of this COVID pandemic has been the increased recognition and acknowledgment of the importance of physical activity and the importance of outdoor play for children and youth,” says Guy Faulkner, a professor of kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. For the past year, children’s activity options have been limited, with sports, camps and other activities curtailed, but family walks are a solution worth hanging onto even after we return to something looking more like normal, Faulkner says. READ MORE
How the Pandemic Impacts Social and Emotional Learning
The Two Rivers Times
The global pandemic has undoubtedly impacted children in countless ways, some more observable than others. Although there is ongoing review and analysis of how much academic learning has been lost over the past year, it is immediately clear that significant gaps in child and adolescent development will be seen in social and emotional learning. This potential deficit has many sources: extended lockdowns have dismantled routines; students have been isolated for long periods of time from friends; children and teenagers have been disengaged from formal and informal social activities, group learning events and reliable guidance from teachers, coaches and advisors. READ MORE
3 SEL Practices Teachers Can Use Every Day
Regardless of your teaching and learning situation (fully online, hybrid, or in person), we know that the intentional and explicit weaving of SEL into the fabric of our everyday learning and life is critical. Below are three SEL signature practices from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) that we need to bring in whenever we come together as a community of learners. READ MORE
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