Physical Education

Guidance Documents & Position Statements

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New! Released: 2023
Appropriate Use of Technology in Physical Education
SHAPE America believes that technology can be an effective tool for supplementing instruction in physical education when used appropriately. This document provides guidelines for using technology to help students achieve SHAPE America’s National Physical Education Standards.
Released: 2022
Best Practices in PETE/HETE
This document offers guidelines for preparing future professionals in health education and physical education regardless of the structure of the program or the degree level offered by the program. It includes evidence-based practices grounded in research and theory, with information that allows programs flexibility within their own context.
Released: 2022
Social Justice in PETE/HETE
Provides foundational information for PETE/HETE faculty to better understand why social justice is essential in the promotion of equitable health and physical education outcomes for all students. The document includes actionable items/practical examples at the program, instructor, student, and policy levels.
Released: 2022
Guidelines for Facilities, Equipment, Instructional Materials & Technology in K-12 Physical Education
This document guides K-12 physical educators during the program planning and curriculum adoption process — and when working with administration to advocate for and address program needs.
Appropriate Instructional Practice Guidelines
A side-by-side comparison, by grade level, of the Appropriate Instructional Practice Guidelines, K-12
The Essential Components of Physical Education
Recognized as essential to a young person’s overall education experience.

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Featured Position Statement
New! Released: 2023
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: Opportunities and Access for All
In this position statement, SHAPE America recommends that all schools implement a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP). A CSPAP provides educators, administrators, and schools with the guidance they need to promote equitable and inclusive academic, social-emotional, and physical development for all students.
New! Released: 2023
Code of Ethics for Health Educators, Physical Educators, and Wellness Professionals
In this position statement, SHAPE America outlines principles for health education, physical education, and wellness professionals to achieve and maintain high ethical standards of competency of knowledge, skills, and integrity of practice.