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May 13, 2020




Momentum Magazine Cover Spring 2020


Check out the latest issue of Momentum for ideas and inspiration:


• Take a peek at a day in the life of health and physical educators around the country as they adapt to distance learning;

• Get top tips for teaching HPE at home;

• Read how schools are incorporating SEL and raising money for HPE, while also supporting a local charity;

• Access new distance learning resources and online PD!


This all-digital issue is interactive, with links to additional content and video! 


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

Join BOKS Kids and SHAPE America on May 20 for a virtual discussion on how to support and guide children now and in post-COVID-19 life. Expert panelists include Dr. John Ratey, author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain; Dr. Elsie Taveras, pediatrician and clinical epidemiologist; Dr. Ken Duckworth, chief medical officer for the National Alliance on Mental Illness; and more! 



Online Physical Education Graduate Program

Take your PE classroom to the next level with an online Master of Arts in Education in Physical Education program. Choose an emphasis in pedagogy, which helps to enhance your instruction, or an emphasis in special populations, which helps understand challenges and inclusiveness of students with disabilities.

SHAPE America

Using whole child approaches and promoting the development of social and emotional learning skills are educational priorities in today’s K-12 schools. SHAPE America’s health. moves. minds. program helps school and community personnel address these priorities via movement-based lessons. This article from the May/June 2020 issue of  describes how faculty at one PETE institution have progressively integrated health. moves. minds. throughout its program. 


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SHAPE America

Research indicates that physical activity patterns in youth carry over into adulthood. Alarmingly, 81% of youth ages 11-17 fail to meet the recommended 60 minutes of daily moderate-to-vigorous physical activity guidelines. Additionally, girls participate in less physical activity when compared to boys. In this study, researchers investigated whether girls preferred to have single-gender, mixed-gender, or no preference physical education classes. 


High School Athletic Director Certificate

Advance your career in athletics with Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (FDU) 18-credit fully online High School Athletic Director certificate. The certificate can be completed as an individual credential or as part of FDU’s Master of Sports Administration, a theory & practice-based graduate degree helping to transform busy professionals into dynamic leaders.

SHAPE America

Congratulations to all SHAPE America award recipients and lecturers who would have been recognized at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Salt Lake City, including the recently announced National Teachers of the Year! We invite you to view a new video celebrating our award winners, as well as a video from Mike Metzler, winner of the 2020 Luther Halsey Gulick Award, SHAPE America’s highest individual honor. 





The University of Alabama

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. 



Chicago Tribune

As a physical education teacher at Winston Campus Junior High in Palatine, IL, Emmie Galan used to lead spirited volleyball matches and handball games in the school gym. Now she’s hosting Instagram Live workout sessions for students from her living room. “My first thought was, I need to engage them in a way that will lead to maximum participation for all of my students, which is always sort of difficult, even when PE is not online,” Galan said. 


Daily Press

How quickly can you turn on all the lights in your house? Can you turn them off faster? The light switch race is just one of a series of videos and fitness challenges Poquoson Middle School health and physical education teacher Zachary Baker has posted on his Facebook page since all Virginia schools closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. “I’m just trying to give people ideas of how to stay active — whether it’s at their home or a walk down the street — while practicing social distancing,” Baker said. 


School News Network

Sophomores Kylie Brown and Taryn Preston are quick to say they miss the high school spring sports season due to the COVID-19 pandemic — Kylie runs sprints and relays with the Kent City track team and Taryn plays softball and participates in track — but neither girl is missing practice. High on school administrators’ list of concerns during the school shutdown, said Athletic Director Jason Vogel, “is the health and safety of our student athletes. 


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The New York Times

Chicago Jewish Day School provides four hours and 15 minutes of daily live instruction, including yoga, art and music. Students even do messy baking projects over Zoom, with parents as sous chefs. It bears little resemblance to the more typical experience that Jacob Rios is having in Philadelphia, where he attends first grade at a public school, Spruance Elementary. A close look at these two very different first-grade classes in two of America’s largest cities shows how the coronavirus pandemic has done nothing to level the playing field of American education, and instead has widened the gaps that have always existed. 



For school districts implementing e-learning plans, a key concern is ensuring equity and access to learning materials for all students. Some students may not have access to the devices needed to complete e-learning activities, while others may not be able to connect to the internet from home. There’s also the question of whether students have at-home support to guide them through technical difficulties, and whether the tools their district is using for remote learning meet their individual learning needs. 



Normally driven by an early alarm clock and bells throughout the school day, the new fluidity of remote learning has left many teachers feeling unmoored, we’ve heard. “The school day never ends. Parents now feel like I’m on call 24/7,” summarized one teacher on Instagram, referencing a sense of timelessness that’s led to disorientation in the teacher community. “It’s weird not to have your normal routine,” shared middle school English language arts teacher Stormy Dodge in Kapolei, HI. 

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