10 Top Tools

for Health and Physical Educators

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) identifies school health and physical education as part of a student’s “well-rounded education,” along with other subjects such as art, music, civics, science and more. This new federal education legislation provides increased access to funds for health and PE programs (including professional development) and allows states and school districts to set their own priorities for funding and accountability.  

It’s critical to have a voice for health and physical education at the table as decisions are made in the months ahead. Use the following tools to become that voice in your school district.

2016 PE + Health = Student Success Infographic
Use this visual piece to show the benefits of health and physical education for students, from improved academic performance to reduced discipline referrals and more.

Getting Started With ESSA
Become the ESSA expert in your school with this free, 20-page e-guide.

ESSA Fact Sheet
Get a concise, one-page overview of the new legislation.

Title IV, Part A Fact Sheet
Learn all the details about the flexible block grants available under Title IV, Part A that will provide schools with access to funds for school health and physical education.

ESSA’s Impact on Health & Physical Education PowerPoint
Make an impact on stakeholders with this presentation.
State Leaders ESSA Support Letter
Send a customized letter to your governor or chief state school officer to ensure that health and physical education are included in your state’s ESSA implementation plan.

Congressional ESSA Support Letter
Use this customizable template to ask your members of Congress for support as your state sets priorities for ESSA implementation.

Title IV, Part A Action Alert
Urge your members of Congress to allocate sufficient funding for ESSA with this online form.

ESSA Video
Watch this engaging video to understand the new legislation, its potential impact on school health and physical education, and the need to take action now.

Join SHAPE America to access this online community, stay informed on ESSA and connect with others who are taking action.