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March 31, 2021
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Are You Ready For #SHAPEVirtual?
Attending #SHAPEVirtual is the best way to maximize your professional development this year. All 100+ hours of presentation sessions will be recorded — and your registration gives you full access to all of them for 45 days after the event!
Take a look through the Convention Schedule Snapshot for an overview of the week's programming. For session descriptions and speakers, view the Final Program. VIEW NOW
Online M.S. in Leadership in Physical Education and Sport graduate program students pay in-state tuition! Advance your content, pedagogical, and leadership knowledge for improved professional practice in physical education, coaching, and sport settings. Accepted students may begin fall, summer, or spring and typically graduate within five semesters. No GRE required.
SHAPE America Releases New Position Statement: Sex Education Is a Critical Component of School Health Education
SHAPE America supports age- and developmentally appropriate sex education as a critical component for all K-12 students in the United States. Standards-based sex education should be skills-based and comprehensive in scope. It should use accurate information and be responsive and affirming to the culture, identities, and lived experiences of students, families, and the community. READ MORE
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.
Free Access Article — Making the Most Out of Convention Attendance: Tips and Tricks
Convention attendees may expect to get the most out of their convention participation but may not know what to expect or how to make the most out of the experience. This is especially true for attendees with less experience such as preservice teachers and/or first-time convention attendees. This article from the March issue of JOPERD provides useful advice and tips that can be applied to convention preparation, attendance, and postconvention activities. READ MORE
• Now Available: Enhance SPARK Middle School Lesson Plans
• April Webinar: Enhanced SPARK Middle School PE: New Look and Features to Support Teacher Instruction
• New Resource: Advocacy Alerts
• SPARK Blog: The Significance of Health Education in PE
• Back-by-Popular Demand: SPARK Speaker's Bureau
New Webinar — First 5 Minutes, 5 Classes, 5 Months: Engaging All Students
In this By You, For You webinar, participants will strategize, devise and plan multiple ways to engage students to commit to their learning from the first 5 minutes to the first 5 days — and throughout a 5-month semester. This webinar is free for SHAPE America members; non-members pay just $19.96. Watch on your own schedule and earn professional development contact hours (SACH)! LEARN MORE
• My PE Pack - Personal equipment packs and expert-written activities for teaching PE in any environment
• Earn CEUs Access 80+ hours of FREE virtual professional development in multiple formats
• Read blogs, listen to podcasts, and view free activity ideas written and created by PE teachers
• Ensure PE is safe for students and staff with PPE & COVID-19 response products
• Free Webinar The PE Huddle: Accepted the Challenges of Virtual PE
Free Access Article — School-Based Health Education Research: Charting the Course for the Future
Health education is an academic subject included in a well-rounded education, based on health behavior and learning theory, research-based and taught by licensed and trained health educators with adequate instructional time. This article from the March issue of RQES provides an overview of the existing evidence examining school-based health education and articulates future directions for research that will solidify school-based health education as a necessary and efficacious strategy for improving the health and wellness of youth. READ MORE
Apply for PHIT America’s AMPED Grant (value $4,000)
AMPED is a school-based running program designed to amplify education, encouraging children to get active in school, running or walking their way to 20-45 minutes of daily exercise. AMPED is open to all students, regardless of age or ability. There are incentives for laps earned and daily participation. The grant includes a toolkit with speakers, banner, incentives, awards, program guide and a three year subscription to EZ Scan, the best in-class lap tracking technology.
To date, more than 600,000 youth in 1065 schools have benefitted from PHIT America’s efforts to get kids active and healthy… APPLY HERE
Peer to Peer
Health and physical educators across the country are sharing top-notch ideas, resources and more!
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NEW 5-Video Series! Interactive Lessons for Health and Physical Education
Step into the classroom of health and physical education teachers across the nation as they demonstrate what their classes look like during a pandemic.
New Meeting of the SHAPE America Student Leadership Network
SHAPE America's Professional Preparation Council and Emerging Leaders Innovation Team have joined forces to create the Student Leadership Network, designed to facilitate networking and leadership opportunities for undergraduates nationwide. The next monthly Zoom meeting will be on April 8 at 7 p.m. REGISTER NOW
News Around the Nation
For Teens, Outdoor Recreation During the Pandemic Linked to Improved Well-Being
A study from North Carolina State University found outdoor play and nature-based activities helped buffer some of the negative mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for adolescents. Researchers said the findings, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, point to outdoor play and nature-based activities as a tool to help teenagers cope with major stressors like the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as future natural disasters and other global stressors. READ MORE
As Schools Reopen, Prioritizing Student Mental Health Can Prevent
Pandemic-related challenges are taking a toll on the nation’s collective mental health, whether through the loss of income, loss of loved ones or loss of community. While no age group is spared, we must pay extra attention to our nation’s teens and young adults, whose mental health needs are the greatest in modern times. READ MORE
Virtual School Can Be Damaging to Children's Mental Health, CDC Study Says
Virtual instruction may pose more risks to the mental health and wellness of children and parents than in-person learning, according to a study published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More support may be needed to deal with the effects of the pandemic. Parents whose children received virtual instruction or a combination of virtual and in-person instruction were more likely to report increased risk on 11 of 17 indicators of child and parental well-being. READ MORE
Cardiorespiratory Fitness Improves Grades at School
Recent studies indicate a link between children's cardiorespiratory fitness and their school performance: the more athletic they are, the better their marks in the main subjects -- French and mathematics. Similarly, cardiorespiratory fitness is known to benefit cognitive abilities, such as memory and attention. But what is the real influence of such fitness on school results? READ MORE
State Laws Can Bolster Physical Education Among Children, Study Finds
The presence and strength of state physical education (PE) laws positively affected PE attendance and the frequency and duration of physical activity throughout the day, suggests a new analysis from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. “We found that compared to those residing in states with weak or no PE laws, students in states with strong PE laws... spent an additional 33.9 minutes participating in PE classes per week,” said Ruopeng An, associate professor and first author of the report published in the March print issue of the Journal of Sport and Health Science. READ MORE
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