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May 27, 2020








Strategies Cover

Standards 3 and 5 for the SHAPE America National Standards for K-12 Physical Education address the importance of maintaining a health-enhancing level of physical activity and valuing physical activity. This article from the May/June issue of Strategies explores a number of helpful tools, including the Godin-Shephard Leisure-Time Physical Activity Questionnaire and Physical Activity Enjoyment Scale (PACES), which allow physical educators to assess student progress both in terms of their daily physical activity levels and their attitudes toward physical activity.


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

This new interactive course will guide you through an overview of each of the essential components of physical education. Learn how the essential components play a key role within the context of a well-rounded education, understand how to identify the critical policies and practices that make up the essential components, and reflect on your own PE program through critical thinking tasks and engagement activities. Access the course in the SHAPE America Online Institute.


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

Although researchers were not able to share their original work for feedback and dissemination at this year’s SHAPE America National Convention & Expo due to the COVID-19 crisis, many researchers submitted video presentations for this research gallery. We invite you to view the videos and share with colleagues in the HPE community.

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Family Field Day Packet

SHAPE America

The health. moves. minds.® program helps teach social-emotional skills — including kindness and empathy — while offering students an opportunity to not only raise funds for their school but to also "pay it forward" to a local charity. The program can be implemented at home or at school with little or no equipment. Register to participate by June 30 and then raise more than $2,000 by December 31, 2020, to receive an additional 5% match on funds raised toward your Gopher gift card.


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

In her article, "Wisdom Gained" in the Member Voices section of mySHAPE America, Mary Lou Baranowski shares the advice she would give herself if she could go back 40 years before she started teaching. Here are some of her words of wisdom: 1) Collaborate with colleagues – the most valuable resource we have is each other. 2) Be passionate about what you teach and make enthusiasm contagious. 3) Have the courage to stand up for what’s right; and 4) Never lose your sense of humor.


The University of Alabama

Earn a master’s in Health Studies or a Master of Public Health 100% online and prepare for a rewarding career guiding others to their healthiest futures. Taught by many of the same faculty who teach on UA’s main campus, these programs offer prestige with convenience and affordability.

Broomfield Enterprise

Monica Tuz, a physical education teacher at Aspen Creek K-8, has been doing her part to keep her colleagues fit during the coronavirus pandemic. No gym, no problem: Tuz took her volunteer workout classes from the campus to an online platform. She records her workout from her basement, uploads to YouTube, and then shares it with teachers and colleagues through the virtual classroom.


Before my students moved into online learning this spring, I had no idea about one student’s affection for Cup Noodles or another’s sweet way of talking about her 5-year-old brother. Distance learning has enabled these intimate glimpses into students’ lives and thought processes, and I worry that these moments won’t happen as much once we eventually return to campus. However, I realize that doesn’t have to be the case.

Education Dive

The National Federation of State High School Associations recently released guidelines detailing three phases of reopening for high school sports. During all phases, it's suggested that coaches and officials may wear masks. The first phase will require temperature checks before workouts, no more than 10 people gathering at one time, and that "pods" of the same 5-10 students work out together throughout the phase. There will be no locker room use, and 6-foot distances must be maintained.

Teacher of the Year Program

The Sun

To middle school students in Massachusetts’ Westford Public Schools, Melissa Werner should be a familiar face. In weekly online videos, the school psychologist talks through the feelings students might be experiencing. She explains ways to cope while at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Below the video are activities geared to middle school students. A “My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule” packet asks students to fill out information like their current height, favorite movie or how they feel. Another packet describes different coping mechanisms, mapping out the pros and cons of each.

The Source

The childhood obesity rate in the United States may increase by 2.4% if school closures continue into December, finds a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. “Having schools closed nationwide, children in the U.S. have missed their opportunity to participate in physical education classes and other school-based physical activities, such as recess and after-school sports programs,” said Ruopeng An, assistant professor and author of the research paper recently published in the Journal of Sport and Health Science.


As the coronavirus pandemic continues, it is clear that picking up where we left off and returning to business-as-usual in education will not be possible. In many ways, this is a good thing. Our education system has been deeply unequal and erratic in delivering on the promise of a quality education for all of America’s children. This pandemic puts a stark light on an emerging truth — education as we know it is over, and we must think of “school” in deeply different ways.

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