Online Advocacy Day 2018

On Tuesday, September 25, 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 FY19. Our community sent 2000 letters to Congress!

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Designated to support a well-rounded education, safe and healthy schools programs and effective use of technology, Title IV, Part A funds are essential to sustaining effective health and physical education programs and your support 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 FY19.

For FY18, Congress significantly increased funding for Title IV, Part A to $1.1 billion — a $700 million increase over the previous year. 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 FY19.

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! (add your own hashtags)

  • 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 w me + @SHAPE_America on 9/25!

  • Contact your member of Congress and ask them to fully fund Title IV, Part A of ESSA for FY19 

  • 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 FY19 to support their journey toward health and physical literacy. #ESSA #MoreTitleIV

  • 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 More Title IV Funding

Take the Quiz

Take the "What Type of Advocate Are You?" quiz to gain access to key resources and a chance to win a SPEAK Out! Day T-Shirt.

Promote on Social Media

Share our social media messages below & sign up for our Twibbon social media campaign to show your support for HPE advocacy and spread the word to your network.
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Contact Congress

Send a message to your members of Congress asking them to fully fund Title IV, Part A of ESSA for FY19 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 brand new Community Advocate Forum


Sept. 25 Title IV-A Coalition Policy Briefing Archive

Check out the archived live stream of the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program under Title IV, Part A.