Advocacy Blog

By Carly Wright

Let Our Voices Be Heard: Tell Congress to Support #MoreTitleIV

This fall, as you are embarking on the back-to-school grind, Congress returns from their summer recess with a very important task at hand — funding the federal government for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1. With implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in full swing this school year, appropriations for education is a key issue that Congress will have to address.

Reese Emery Ryzewski

Advocacy Works: From Cutting to Adding More PE

The effect on our high school will be that over 200 more students will be involved in daily physical activity next year, improving their cardiorespiratory fitness, building strong bones and muscles, and having a chance to release daily stresses. The process was hard and there were times I was frustrated and ready to give up, but in the end, it was worth it. Advocacy works!

"Hearing from leaders of SHAPE America gave me even more confidence to plead my case and keep plugging along."

By Brack Hassell

Top Five Reasons to Attend SPEAK Out! Day

Dust off that suit, get a haircut, buy some sweet new kicks, and sign up for this year’s SPEAK Out! Day.

If you haven’t already made plans to join SHAPE America in Washington, DC on February 13th and 14th, sign up now and be a part of the work that is shaping our professions and students...

By Jamie Sparks

Why Health and Physical Education Won’t Benefit From ESSA Without You

On September 14, I was honored to represent SHAPE America at the Title IV, Part A Coalition Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., to talk about the importance of health and physical education in schools and the need for increased funding to support these programs...

By Carly Wright

Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities Ahead Under ESSA

It’s been a busy couple of months in the advocacy world since I saw many of you at SPEAK Out! Day in April.

As states prepare to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in the upcoming school year, many — like Kentucky — have been gathering feedback from stakeholders and creating state accountability plans, and school districts are beginning to identify priorities for funding at the school level...

By Brian D. Devore

The Job Is Not Done! Attend SPEAK Out! Day 2017

SPEAK Out! Day? Are they even having that this year?

Aren’t we done now that health education and physical education are a part of every student’s well-rounded education in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)?

Absolutely not!

By Darla M. Castelli

Strategies to Improve the Quality of PE and Physical Activity Opportunities in Your School

For some, prepping for back-to-school is a lot like Groundhog Day.

As a teacher, you’ve probably got a set routine of what you need to do before heading back, like taking inventory of equipment, reviewing materials, and the list goes on...