Online Advocacy Day 2019

The Results
Official email count: >2,200 (RECORD), up 11% from last year
Top 3 states: KY – >500 (RECORD), CO, IL
45 states participated
RECORD number of individuals participated (>540!)

On Thursday, September 19, SHAPE America calls on the health and physical education community to flood social media with advocacy messages and to send a letter to Congress about the importance of fully funding Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for FY20. Our community sent 2000 emails to Congress on Online Advocacy Day last year and we hope to send even more emails this year!

Every Student Succeeds Act Title IV, Part A funds are designated to support a well-rounded education, safe and healthy schools programs and effective use of technology. These funds are essential to supporting effective health and physical education programs and your advocacy to sustain these funds is vital to our success.

Together, let's ensure all children reap the benefits of an effective health and physical education program. Tell your members of Congress to support #MoreTitleIV federal funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act in FY20.

For FY19, Congress increased funding for Title IV, Part A to $1.17 billion — a $70 million increase over the previous year. For FY20, the House of Representatives has proposed to again increase funding to $1.3 billion for the 2020-21 school year, but an appropriations bill has yet to be passed by the full Congress. Engage your members of Congress on the importance of Title IV, Part A funding so we can retain, and hopefully increase, the funding level for FY20.

Help Get the Word Out on Social Media

Since 2016, we have reached more than 1,000,000 social media accounts with our message to Congress. Help us do it again with these sample messages!


  • Students will do their best when they’re active + healthy! Support #HPE! Participate in @SHAPE_America’s Online Advocacy Day! #SHAPEAdvocacy #MoreTitleIV

  • Health + PE are part of a student’s well-rounded education + support their path to health + physical literacy.
    #MoreTitleIV (Tag members of Congress) 

  • #MoreTitleIV funding can help me empower my students to lead active, healthy lives. Advocate with me + @SHAPE_America on 9/19!

  • Contact your member of Congress and ask them to fully fund Title IV, Part A of ESSA for FY20 

  • Tag members of Congress As a (fill in) health/physical educator, I help prepare students to live their best life! I strongly urge you to fully fund Title IV, Part A in FY20 to support their journey toward health and physical literacy. #ESSA #MoreTitleIV #SHAPEAdvocacy

  • Research shows students want to embrace a healthy, active lifestyle and value health and PE! #MoreTitleIV funding will help.


4 Ways to Support Health and PE and #MoreTitleIV Funding

Get Educated on #MoreTitleIV

Find out how much ESSA Title IV, Part A funding your school district will be receiving this year and use our resources to make your ask for funding!

Advocate on Social Media

Tag your members of Congress and share your successes on Twitter using the hashtags #SHAPEAdvocacy and #MoreTitleIV to show your support for HPE advocacy and spread the word to your network.

Contact Congress

Send a message to your members of Congress asking them to fully fund Title IV, Part A of ESSA for FY20 using SHAPE America's Legislative Action Center. 

Ensure Our Voice Stays Strong

Make a donation to support the campaign to send HPE teachers to Washington, D.C. for SPEAK Out! Day.

More Advocacy Action Items

Start with a quick refresher on ESSA with a free webinar & then join our Community Advocate Forum