SHAPE America EDI Committee

SHAPE America seeks to serve and represent all teachers in the health and physical education field, as well as the diverse population of students they teach. The EDI Committee will explore SHAPE America’s process of recruiting members and volunteer leaders — and help ensure that SHAPE America develops and provides programs, resources and professional development opportunities using an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) lens.

The committee will research, discuss and apply best practices in EDI and draw from advice of experts in the field (including those outside of the actual committee) to recommend changes to SHAPE America’s processes and practices.

What does the EDI Committee do?

  • Review nominations and recruitment process for SHAPE America Board and volunteer leadership positions and make specific recommendations to the Board of Directors on how to best incorporate EDI.
  • Review SHAPE America awards process and make specific recommendations to the Board of Directors on how to best incorporate EDI.
  • Create an EDI rubric for councils, task forces, and staff to use when producing new programs, tools, or resources to ensure an EDI lens is applied prior to publishing.
  • Identify EDI member recruitment strategies and member benefits that will appeal to a diverse population of educators, as well as educators serving a diverse population of students.
  • Commit to continuously pausing to reflect and consider the impact of recommendations previously made by the committee and whether revisiting them makes sense.
  • Commit to working to create a community where all members (paid and unpaid) feel included and welcomed.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Roundtable

In April 2021, SHAPE America hosted a virtual roundtable with K-12 health and physical educators, PETE/HETE instructors, and leaders from state affiliates, school districts, and state departments of education. We were fortunate to have an advisory team of leaders from the field who planned and facilitated this roundtable conversation to address questions such as:

  • How can we best serve diverse student populations in schools across the country?
  • How can we foster a sense of belonging and inclusion for all students?
  • How can we support the development of health and physical literacy, so students are able to live their healthiest lives?

The goal of the roundtable was to inform a shared vision for EDI in health education (HE) and physical education (PE) and identify short- and long-term priorities to advance EDI. During the discussion, participants identified five major areas of inequities and structures which hold them in place.

You can read more about the roundtable and learn how you can support EDI in the cover article from the Fall 2021 issue of Momentum magazine, “EDI in Health and Physical Education: Breaking Down the ‘What’ and ‘How’ … So You Can Find Your ‘Why.’

Amanda Amtmanis
Middletown Public Schools (CT)

Vernise Ferrer
Alexandria City Public Schools (VA)

Joel Frye
KIPP DC: Discover Academy (DC)

Kanae Haneishi
Valley City State University (ND)

Brandy Lynch
University of Central Missouri (MO)

Lennie Parham
New Jersey Department of Education (NJ)

Victor Ramsey
City University of New York, York College (NY)

Tanya Robinson-Freeman
Union Intermediate School (NC)

Tilsa Rodriguez-Gonzalez
City School District of New Rochelle (NY)

Sue Scheppele
Wharton PK-8 Dual Language Academy (TX)

Mara Simon
Springfield College (MA)

Jenny Withycombe
Portland Public Schools (OR)

Why I Care About EDI

Amanda Amtmanis photo

Amanda Amtmanis

Middletown Public Schools (CT)

Joel Frye photo

Joel Frye

KIPP DC: Discover Academy (DC)

Kanae Haneishi photo

Kanae Haneishi

Valley City State University (ND)

Brandy Lynch photo

Brandy Lynch

University of Central Missouri (MO)

Lennie Parham photo

Lennie Parham

New Jersey Department of Education (NJ)

Victor Ramsey photo

Victor Ramsey

City University of New York, York College (NY)

Tara Blackshear, Chair (MD)

Brandy Lynch (MO)

Tilsa Rodriguez-Gonzalez (NY)

Mijoo Kim (MD)

Tom Moran (VA)

Jonathan Jones (MD)

Kennedra Tucker (MD)

Brian Culp (GA)

Teasha Jackson (ND)

 

SHAPE America Board Liaisons

Terri Drain, President (CA)

Jo Bailey, Director (WI)

Luciana Zuest, Director (MD)