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January 8, 2020


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This free access article from the December issue of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (RQES) discusses the importance of acknowledging that physical education is a social justice issue. The authors write that a philosophical shift may be what is needed for change to occur regarding social justice education in an attempt to enhance the learning opportunities for all students.


A forward step in creating this change is to address the research and pedagogical practices of our current physical education teacher education and K-12 programs, along with the physical education standards and policies at the national and state levels. 


Social & Emotional 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 SHAPE America in Chicago on February 17 for our second Professional Learning Institute. This one-day event will examine how schools that embrace the  can see benefits to their community both academically and in social-emotional benefits. Chicago is the perfect city for a weekend getaway! 



Online Physical Education

The M.A.Ed. in Physical Education Master Teacher is an online graduate program designed to help K-12 physical education teachers enhance their instructional effectiveness. Students can choose from emphases in pedagogy or special populations to help enhance their physical fitness classroom.

SHAPE America

SHAPE America and 2017 National Health Education Teacher of the Year Andy Milne have collaborated on a T-shirt fundraising initiative to send a teacher to the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo. You do not need to be a current SHAPE America member to receive the Send a Teacher scholarship, which will be used to offset #SHAPESLC registration (and includes a one-year Select membership to SHAPE America). 

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SHAPE America

SHAPE America has recently relocated some of our membership services. Please note:

  • All payments (checks/credit cards) should be sent to: SHAPE America; PO Box 17040; Baltimore, MD 21298-8910.
  • All other correspondence should be sent to: or mailed to our Brightkey Membership Services team at: SHAPE America; PO Box 225; Annapolis Junction, MD 20701.



Health educator Nicole Beard's new post will give you some great ideas for keeping students engaged in health class.


Returning to school after the New Year is a great time to reflect on your classroom routines and strategies. If you’re looking for ways to improve, here are 7 tips to help keep students engaged in health class: 1) Movement - Keep students up, out of chairs, and moving. 

SHAPE America

As you know, principals are the influencers, supporters and decision-makers around class time, class schedules and class sizes. And let’s not forget budgets! By encouraging your principal to attend the national convention, you are doing your part to elevate health and physical education in your school. Complete your convention registration today (at special early-bird rates), then ask your principal to complete the invitation form! 





Education Dive

The past year saw continued investment by states and districts in the additional decision-making freedom allowed under the Every Student Succeeds Act. In many districts nationwide, stagnant pay and benefits, alongside a range of school and classroom conditions, saw an even greater number of educators hit the picket lines. These efforts and others stand to play a key role in driving the education conversation in the new year. 


The 74

The assignment was persuasive writing, so the first-graders at a school in Muskegon, Michigan, picked a topic nearly every kid has had practice in: They really, really wanted a dog. But what started as a classroom lesson ended up helping the students, the teachers, the school and even the neighborhood pet shelter. “We started doing research, and it turns out there is a lot of research that says having a dog in school, a therapy dog, is beneficial,” said Assistant Principal Karyn Benner. 


Houston Chronicle

When Esperanza Gutierrez’s fifth-grade class visited Burbank Middle School, a field trip designed to acclimate students with their next campus, she became mesmerized by an unexpected sight: dozens of kids performing karate. For more than 25 years, dozens of public schools across the Greater Houston area have offered daily karate classes as part of their physical education curriculum, teaching students the arts of self-defense and self-respect during regular class schedules. 


Physical Best




If you didn’t make a New Year’s resolution to exercise regularly, here’s one (of many) good reasons you may want to do so now: A major new analysis of nine previous studies has found that meeting current physical activity recommendations is associated with a reduced risk of at least seven different types of cancer. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, also found that the longer and more vigorously people exercise, the greater the drop in cancer risk. 


NBC News

How we take care of our bodies, minds and health evolves over time for a number of reasons. While some of those changes get forgotten, some health trends gain attention because there’s science behind them and we’re better off for adopting them. Here are a few such wellness trends that came into vogue in the 2010s that experts say we should keep up in the 2020s. 


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