SHAPE America member and Active Start co-author Steve Virgilio has dedicated his life to his passion in physical activity and physical education. As he prepares for retirement from Adelphi University, the longtime professor looks to continue practicing what he preaches.
Carly Wright, vice president for advocacy and equity, diversity and inclusion at SHAPE, said P.E. instructors are being creative in their efforts to continue instruction during the pandemic. “Students still need to be able to receive high-quality, standards-based physical education. We wanted to see that continue no matter what type of learning is taking place,” she said.
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The COVID-19 crisis has affected young people of all ages, with many experiencing a level of trauma that can’t be ignored. As we enter a new school year, it’s vital that we consider students’ physical, mental, and social-emotional health above all else.
"We hope that through this horrible situation that we can raise the value and role that health and PE teachers play in the school," said Michelle Carter, director of educational content and programs at the Society of Health and Physical Educators America. "There's a connection between the mind and the body. Now more than ever, that connection is something we must celebrate."
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Michelle Carter spoke with the Pennsylvania Auditor General on Facebook live about ways to keep children and teens active and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sean Nevills, physical education and sports management alumnus, is ready to help schools across America work around COVID-19.
At the start of August, he was appointed project director for the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America‘s COVID-19 project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control.
In his role, a year-long cooperative agreement, Nevills will lead efforts to create resources focused on distance learning, trauma-informed practice, teacher self-care and cultural sensitivity in physical education.
Seungho Ryu, a University of Mississippi doctoral student in health and kinesiology, has been named the 2020 Measurement and Evaluation Graduate Student of the Year by the Society of Health and Physical Educators, known as SHAPE America.
A Pleasanton teacher won a top national title in physical fitness instruction as the 2020 SHAPE America National Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year this week.
Across the U.S., there are roughly 200,000 physical education and health teachers in
kindergarten to 12th grade schools, according to the Maryland-based Society of Health and Physical
Educators, and many of them are now teaching virtually.
Senior Program Manager Michelle Carter said that in addition to wide disparities in
students’ access to digital resources, the ability to lead a successful online PE class also varies
dramatically, and often hinges on a teacher’s level of expertise and confidence with using the technology.
SHAPE America has instructions for an arts and crafts project (you have to create your own
deck of fitness cards) that can provide kids with the option of several screen-free games for one to five
players. Some games are suitable for young kids and others for middle-schoolers and older. For the youngest
kids, this project requires older-sibling or parent involvement.
Oregon Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE): Has downloadable Health Move and
Mind fitness calendars with suggestions in English and Spanish.