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February 14, 2024










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After a multi-year revision process, SHAPE America’s National Physical Education Standards and National Health Education Standards will be released at #SHAPECleveland next month.


In the , you can read how the new standards will help students and schools — and get a preview of the most notable shifts in both sets of standards.


We hope you’ll take a few minutes to read through this special issue, which also includes:



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Matthew Grimes, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the Cleveland Guardians Major League Baseball team, will be the keynote speaker at the #SHAPECleveland Closing General Session on Friday, March 15 at 4 p.m. Grimes will share his personal story from the classroom to the front office, talk about the role educators play in advocating for inclusive practices and experiences for all students, and more. to get lower, negotiated rates!


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NDSU’s Master’s in Leadership in Physical Education and Sport is delivered 100% online asynchronously (global applicants welcome)! Degree completion requires 30 total credits (9 required and 21 elective) and is extremely affordable ($14,600; all tuition and fees included)! Applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis and may start any semester!


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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 Musical Frogs, Wild Arms, Bear Walk, and much more. Available for both elementary and secondary grade levels, these calendars are great to share with students and families! You can also download the calendars in Spanish.


Gopher I Love PE Product Showcase


We believe Physical Education is at the heart of every student's journey toward a healthy lifestyle. And PE teachers are the heart of these programs! Gopher created a vibrant, tri-blend t-shirt that’s soft, durable, and available at a great value. With this special buy one, give one promotion, keep one for yourself and share the other!


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Mark your calendar now for the SHAPE America Summer Institute — — which will be held in Minneapolis, July 29-30. Attendees will get first access to new resources and professional learning based on the revised SHAPE America National Physical Education Standards and National Health Education Standards. Learn new teaching strategies and classroom management techniques, discover new technologies to improve instruction and student engagement, and explore how to integrate new standards-based concepts in your classes to keep students healthy and thriving. Registration opens in mid-March.



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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.


Empower students to learn about the science of drug use and addiction by participating in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) March 18-24! This annual observance unites educators, youth, and their communities nationwide to help teens make informed decisions about substance use and their health. Start by registering an event, then explore more standards-mapped, skills-based activities to kickstart planning an impactful week.

Peer to Peer

Health and physical educators across the country — including SHAPE America’s National and District Teachers of the Year — are sharing top-notch ideas, resources and more!


Come join the SHAPE America Emerging Leaders Innovation Team (ELIT) on for a free “speed learning” professional development opportunity! During this one-hour virtual event, we will tackle a wide range of topics to better prepare future teachers and emerging leaders for careers in health and physical education!


On this special podcast version of Unplugged, SHAPE America CEO Stephanie Morris is joined by Dr. Kathleen Ethier, director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Kathleen gives an update on the CDC’s work and structure, new resources they have released, and more!


In this article, guest author Kris Fritz writes: “Wisconsin Health and Physical Education (WHPE), a SHAPE America state affiliate, has been “speaking out” for quality health and physical education in Wisconsin for more than two decades. Over the years, our organization has learned that advocacy requires work — but it can be done, and it does work. If you follow and adapt the described steps in this article for your state’s situation, positive results will happen.”


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Focusing on the unique nature of qualitative methods within kinesiology settings, Qualitative Research and Evaluation in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy guides graduate students and early career researchers through designing, conducting, and reporting of qualitative research studies with specific references to the challenges and possibilities of the field.


News Around the Nation


Medical Xpress

Organized sports can be great for kids. They can help them develop physical skills and get regular exercise that supports healthy growth and well-being. Participating in sports can also help them make friends, learn how to be part of a team and play fair, improve self-esteem and have fun. But studies show that nearly 70% of kids across the U.S. drop their favorite sport before age 13.


NBC News

Teenagers with suspected substance use problems say they turn to drugs because of a crushing need to relax and escape worries, according to research published recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new findings follow reports of rising anxiety and depression among the nation’s youth, including unprecedented levels of hopelessness.


Rowan Today

Climbing the rock wall was challenging. Nine-year-old Addy Knight admitted that. “I was trying to pull myself up to the next rock,” she said. “It was hard, but I was staying strong.” That she was, said Rowan University senior Abbey Wilkie, who was Addy’s coach for the day during Camp Abilities New Jersey at Rowan University, a one-day camp for blind and visually impaired young people.

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