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August 5, 2020


Online M.S. in Physical Education

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American Journal of Health Education


As this article for the July/August issue of American Journal of Health Education was being written, the COVID-19 pandemic was spreading around the planet. Previously unknown or rarely referenced terms such as social isolation, social distancing, shelter in place, personal protection equipment (PPE) and ventilators are now part of everyday lexicon and jargon.


The purpose of this article is to expand our thinking on addressing chronic conditions using current strategies to contain the communicable COVID-19. 


SEL Learning Tools

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a crucial part of an educational environment where students feel safe and confident to explore, grow, and succeed. Discover our selection of tools, resources, and blog articles to support SEL in the physical education and health setting to help students thrive.

SHAPE America

ToyTalk Tuesday is a new biweekly series of interviews about topics in health and physical education from SHAPE America’s Teacher of the Year Partner Network. Each episode features tips and actionable resources from SHAPE America’s National and District Teachers of the Year. Subscribe to SHAPE America’s  so you don’t miss an episode! 



Online Physical Education Graduate Program

Choose an accredited online M.A.Ed. in Physical Education Master Teacher. This program offers well-rounded expertise from faculty focused on enhancing your curriculum, professional connections that build your network, and advocacy opportunities that encourage active engagement of all students.

SHAPE America

Sean Nevills, a former high school physical education teacher and head football coach who most recently served as director of health and physical education with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, will lead efforts to create resources and professional development around the topics of culturally responsive teaching in health and PE, teacher self-care, trauma-informed practice, distance learning, and teaching in person with physical distancing. 




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SHAPE America

Whatever back to school may look like for you — cloth face coverings are important to use in all community settings. Be mindful and keep your health. moves. minds. mask with you. Net proceeds will go to the health. moves. minds.® program and to support teacher professional development. The mindful masks are only available until August 10, so purchase yours today! 


University of Alabama online programs

By 2024, all new RDs will be required to possess a master’s degree in nutrition. Earn a bachelor’s or master’s 100% online and gain the knowledge and credentials you need for success. The University of Alabama’s online programs offer prestige with convenience and affordability. Apply today!

SHAPE America

Register for your health. moves. minds.® event before the end of August and get access to a FREE set of SPARK’s new SEL-based skill cards, perfect for use in school or in a virtual setting. Looking for more of SPARK’S new SEL units, including more skill cards and physical distancing weekly planners? Your health. moves. minds. gift card can be used toward a membership! 








Share Home PE, a 6-week subscription packed with equipment and instructions, with parents to keep students active this summer. Plus, earn funds for your program!

Cambridge College





Our M.Ed. and Advanced Certificate program prepares health educators to increase their competency in teaching Skills-Based Health/SEL and Physical Education/SEL.




CDC Healthy Schools has launched an online version of the Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) — a free self-assessment and planning guide that helps school districts and schools conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of physical education curricula. The online PECAT is aligned with SHAPE America’s National Standards for K–12 Physical Education and has streamlined the assessment process with easy-to-use navigation and automated scoring. 


News Star

Parents across the country are determining whether their children should participate in organized sports due to the coronavirus — and research has shown a broader distinction of those fears in terms of income gap, according to a recent study co-investigated by a Louisiana Tech assistant professor. The study determined that only 53% of parents anticipate their child will return to sports activities at the same or a similar amount when current coronavirus restrictions are lifted. 



Our brains do not like surprises — they love to make predictions by finding patterns that are familiar, and they learn from associations, connections, and patterned experiences. But as schools begin to resume in late summer, there will be many unfamiliar experiences: new routines, schedules, and guidelines. Especially for young students, it’s going to be challenging at best to adjust to wearing masks for extended periods. 


Teacher of the Year Program

When her high school went online this spring, Maya Green struggled through the same emotions as many of her fellow seniors: She missed her friends. Her online assignments were too easy. She struggled to stay focused. As the pandemic drags on, it's clear that not all kids are all right. Nearly 3 in 10 parents said their child is experiencing emotional or mental harm because of social distancing and school closures, according to a nationwide Gallup poll. 



Every emotional response is a unique experience. What triggers an unpleasant emotion today may not even register tomorrow. The strategies we can use to regulate emotions are limitless, depending on the situation and the emotions involved. But just like your emotional responses vary, the strategies that work for you today might not work for you tomorrow. And the strategies that work for you might not work for your partner or child. 



In a recent principal training session, a participant raised his hand and asked: “How can I afford to invest in social-emotional learning when my students have fallen so far behind?” The real question is whether we can afford not to invest in practices that support students’ social, emotional and cognitive development right now. If we really care about student success, then we need to honor the biology of our brains — our interconnected centers of emotions, focus and learning. 


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