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January 18, 2023

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Random Acts of Kindness Calendar

 

Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 14-20) is the perfect time to spread kindness in your school! Start with our new kindness-themed activity calendars (available for elementary and secondary, in both English and Spanish). You can also download our new Kindness Challenge Cards and Random Acts of Kindness Social Media Challenge activity! These are just a few of the kindness resources available from SHAPE America’s health. moves. minds.® Fundraiser. 

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On Friday, March 31, award-winning health educator, speaker and consultant Justine Ang Fonte will present the inaugural Chuck and Cathie Corbin Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Keynote Address during the Closing General Session of SHAPE America’s National Convention & Expo in Seattle. Her presentation, “Prioritize the Whole Child, Center on Health,” will cover the importance of comprehensive health education. Convention  end January 27 so register today! 

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Buy Rollerblade skates, gear & helmets at a discounted price and do in-line skating units anytime during the year in the School in School program. Lesson plans, instructional video & maintenance tips included. Optional in-service and storage solutions available. In over 2,000 schools nationwide!

 

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Check out the latest health. moves. minds.® calendars for activities your students can do throughout the month. These new calendars include popular activities like Dance & Shake, Crabby Clean Up, Circuit Set, and much more. Available for both elementary and secondary grade levels, these calendars are great to share with students and families! 

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Gopher Equipment Checklist

 

Get a jump start on assessing your equipment back-to-school needs with this free equipment inventory checklist developed by Dr. Robert Pangrazi, author of Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary Students. Simply download as a printable PDF or digital interactive Google Sheet and make it your own!

 

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Children in low-income, urban areas are at a greater risk of poor physical activity and academic outcomes. The purpose of this study from the December issue of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (RQES) was to examine feasibility, acceptability, and engagement of a pilot implementation of the Active Science (AS) exer-learning program in third-grade physical education classes to inform potential upscaling after efficacy evaluation. 

 

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On February 9 at 7 p.m. ET, the National Physical Education Standards Task Force will provide updates and answer questions on the proposed Student Attributes and Draft Standards. The official feedback survey for this second round of public review and comment will open on February 20. 

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Health and physical educators across the country are sharing ideas, resources and more!

 

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  • Paulo Ribeiro, SHAPE America’s 2022 National Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year, explains the importance of using a Heritage Month Calendar in PE classes to help students become more aware of the many contributions that different cultures and groups have made in our society.

  • Felicia Durst, SHAPE America’s 2022 Central District High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year, shares how her school district started a Unified High School PE class and how it has changed their whole school atmosphere.

  • CEO Stephanie Morris talks with SHAPE America’s newest staff member, Kaitlyn Gaddis-Thompson, about her role as SHAPE America Project Director for the National Initiative to Advance Health Equity in Schools, as well as how her background helps her explore issues in health equity today.

Join your peers on February 14-15 in Washington, DC for SPEAK Out! Day — a time to meet with congressional representatives and educate them about the importance of effective health and physical education. Sharing your personal story with elected officials can make a difference in HPE funding! 

 

On Saturday, January 28 at 11 a.m. ET, SHAPE America’s Emerging Leaders Innovation Team (ELIT) will host an online professional development event covering a variety of important health and physical education topics, such as building program support in elementary PE, using TikTok and social media, tips for becoming a successful advocate for HPE, and more! 

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SHAPE America’s latest text ties self-advocacy into social and emotional learning and provides ideas, strategies and activities to help infuse self-advocacy throughout health and PE curricula. It includes real-world scenarios, self-advocacy lessons, and more. If you want to help your students develop the skills they need to advocate for themselves, this book is for you.

 

News Around the Nation

 

K-12 Dive

Some schools are maintaining relaxed pandemic-era physical education dress codes, while others are sticking with policies requiring PE uniforms. “The goal of dressing in physical education has to do with [how] to facilitate movement,” said Cara Grant, a director on the board at SHAPE America, which represents health and physical education professionals. “Reduced restriction based on clothing, this just doesn’t work well when you’re trying to move your body.” 

 

U.S. News & World Report

Negative body image is common among kids and teens, and can lead to serious health consequences. Yet it’s a topic few K-12 schools cover. In fact, experts say routine school practices meant to combat obesity and promote healthy eating, like weigh-ins, food diaries and fitness “report cards,” may be making matters worse. 

 

Chalkbeat New York

The short YouTube videos of kid-focused exercise routines and games that Thomas Gelardi would film in his basement after his family went to sleep took off after COVID hit. Within a year, his channel, PhysEdZone, had more than 10,000 subscribers. Today, Gelardi, who teaches physical education at P.S. 173 in Fresh Meadows, Queens, has more than 20,000 subscribers, and his videos have been viewed more than 4.5 million times. 

 

Baltimore Magazine

These initiatives are bucking the billion-dollar, for-profit, youth athletics model in an effort to enroll more kids. Kweisi Ehoize is president of the Baltimore Terps, a youth sports program offering year-round training and play for kids ages four to 13 in football, basketball, lacrosse, and cheer. “We’re not like the private club teams that encourage specializing in one sport from a young age on,” Ehoize says. “We want kids to explore their interests and, ultimately, stay active.” 

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